DIY Mini Cacti Gardens

I usually take the time to make some handmade Christmas gifts for friends and family. This year I decided to attempt mini cacti gardens. They were really simple, cheap to make and I was really satisfied with the results.

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You'll need -
Clay pots (or old cans)
Arcylic paints
Foam brush
Sand paper
Cacti/Succulent soil
Rocks
Mini Cacti (I found mine at a local nursery for $3 a piece and just divided them up amongst the pots)
Gardening gloves

I first washed each pot with soap and water to start with a clean surface. Then, painted the rims of each pot (I used two colors on some of them.) Let dry and then rub vigorously with the sand paper to create a washed/distressed look. I then filled the pots 1/4 full with rock and then with soil an inch or so to the top of the pot. I divided up some of the cacti so I could put a few different varieties in each pot (use gloves!). I still pricked myself plenty of times. Once the roots of the cacti were buried in the soil I placed a little more soil on top using a spoon. Lastly, I put some rock paths and clusters just for decoration. Water once a month in winter months and every couple weeks during warmer months. Also make sure the plants get plenty of light. Happy gardening!

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Thanks to my sister, Kirsten for some of the photos above.