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Can’t Touch This Cactus Flower Pot

I created a cute little cactus flower pot for my mom for her birthday last week. It turned out so cute that I wanted to share it with you, too! Read on to see how I made it using items from Dollar Tree.

Cactus Flower Pot DIY
Can't Touch this Flower Pot

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Last week was my mom’s birthday, which just happened to fall on Friday the 13th. We celebrated on Sunday with a small cookout and afterward enjoyed cake and ice cream. Being able to sit down with them and just catch up was nice since that hasn’t happened since Christmas!

For her birthday I made her a cute little cactus flower pot. Dollar Tree has a lot of fairy garden figurines and I thought one of these gnomes would be perfect for the flower pot!

Dollar Tree Gnomes

Aren’t they adorable? I used the gnome on the right with the watering can because I thought that would be perfect beside the cactus.

Dollar Tree also has chalkboard wood stakes so I grabbed a pack while I was there. I thought I would use one to paint words on it and place it in the pot beside the cactus.

Chalkboard Wood Stakes

Let me show you how I made this adorable cactus flower pot for my mom, Then you can run out and gather your materials so you can make one, too!

Be sure to check out these other planter ideas:
Upcycled Mailbox Planter
Farmhouse Mason Jar Vase

Can’t Touch This Cactus Flower Pot

This DIY was featured here and here!

What you need:

Materials needed for cactus flower pot

What you do:

Step 1

First, give the terra cotta pot a coat of paint. I used a dry brush for this step. The paint dries fairly fast on the terra cotta. After the pot is completely dry, paint with another coat, then let it dry completely.

However, you can just do one coat very lightly if you’d like a more rustic look.

paint the Terra  cotta pot

Step 2

Next, you’re going to add the jute string around the top. Add a dab of hot glue to get started and stick the end of the jute string to it. Let the glue dry for a few seconds, then start wrapping the string around the pot. I added a dab of glue here and there to keep the string from falling off.

add jute to the top of the cactus flower pot

Step 3

Now it’s time to paint a cute little saying on the chalkboard wood stake. Since I chose a cactus for the flower pot, I decided to paint “Can’t touch this” on one of the stakes. Pretty clever, huh?

First, I wrote the letters onto the chalkboard with a pencil, then I traced over the letters with a paint pen.

can't touch this wood stake sign

Step 4

Next, fill your cactus flower pot with the potting soil almost to the top, but don’t fill it up all the way. You want to make sure there’s enough room to add the cactus. You can always add more after the cactus is put in.

After adding the potting soil, place the cactus gently down into the soil. You may want to wear gloves for this part like I did because the cactus is very sticky.

Next, add the gnome and the painted chalkboard wood stake.

Cactus Flower Pot DIY

That’s all there is to it! I love how it turned out and my mom loved it, too!

Here are some other great sayings you can put on the wooden stakes:

  • “Lookin’ sharp!”
  • “Free hugs!”
  • “Always on point!”
  • “We stick together!”
  • “Stay sharp!”
  • “You have great points!”

What quote would you add to your cactus flower pot?

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Can't touch this cactus flower pot

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Michelle is a stay-at-home homeschool mom who loves DIYs and living a frugal lifestyle.

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  1. That is adorable! I love it! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  2. B4 and Afters says:

    I saw those cute chalkboard stakes, too! And I like that sometimes you can get things like your pot elsewhere for less than a dollar if you’re paying attention!
    Liberty from

    1. Yes! I got mine at Walmart for 88 cents! πŸ™‚

  3. What a cute gift idea. I am definitely going to be doing this at some point.
    Thanks Michelle.

    1. Thank you so much! It’s fun to add cute little decorations any way you want.

  4. That a really cute idea πŸ™‚ Love cacti but I seem to kill them too πŸ˜€

    1. Thank you so much! The secret to making a cactus live is neglect apparently! haha! I had one that wouldn’t die even though I hardly watered it and left it in the shade!

      1. Ha ha I’ve killed several by water and by drought. 😈

  5. So adorable, Michelle!! I love the texture the jute adds and your wording is too cute!! Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Thank you so much! This was a lot of fun putting together, too. πŸ™‚

  6. Cute gift! It looks easy enough to make, too!

    1. Thank you so much! It’s very easy to make. And quick, too! πŸ™‚

  7. This is really beautiful.

    1. Thank you so much!!

    1. Thank you!!

  8. That’s adorable!!

    1. Thank you so much!!

  9. “Can’t Touch This!” 🀣 I LOVE this DIY, Michelle! The combination of your little gnome choice and your painted saying — what a perfect gift! I know your mom absolutely loved it and got quite a kick out of it. This is truly brilliant!

    Is that dogwood blooming behind your finished project in the one photo? It’s a stunningly beautiful tree in bloom! That photo looks like it belongs on those stock photo sites.

    You’ve done it again my friend. Absolutely adorable. And I hope you had a wonderful time hanging out with your folks, enjoying a beautiful day. 😘

    1. Thank you so much! She did love it and thought it was funny. πŸ˜€

      It’s a magnolia tree. It’s my favorite tree in our yard! It smells so good when it blooms and when the petals start falling off the ground turns pink. When we move I want to take it with me! haha!

      You’re so sweet! Yes, it was really nice hanging out with my parents for a little while. We have been in and out (mainly to take showers while renovating the bathroom), but we haven’t had a chance to just sit and talk. So it was really nice! πŸ™‚

  10. How cute is this flower pot. I love that you added twine to it to give it some character. Very cute Michelle. I hope you mom had a nice birthday!

    1. Thank you so much! It was a lot of fun putting it together, too. She did have a nice birthday, thank you! πŸ™‚

  11. Happy Birthday!!! To your mom. And what an adorable gift, I love the little gnome in there, it just gives it a special feeling. I’m thinking can use that little chalkboard wood stake for other things too, love this xo

    1. Thank you so much! Yes! There were plenty of chalkboard stakes left in the pack, so there’s enough for more crafts. πŸ™‚

  12. So cute! I love it!

    1. Thank you so much!

  13. christinafayerepurposed says:

    This is so cute! I love the little gnomes. I know your mom loved it πŸ™‚ I may have to make mine one too!

  14. christinafayerepurposed says:

    This is so cute! I love the gnomes. I know your mom loved it!

    1. Oops I don’t know how this posted twice eeek! But guess what I am singing in my head now 🎢

      1. Hahahaha!!!

    2. Thank you so much!! She did!

  15. This is such a sweet idea! Xx

    1. Thank you so much!

  16. Such a great idea!

    1. Thank you so much!

  17. Such a cute idea with the little gnome and the sign too! I’m glad I stopped by here from Lisa’s site tonight! Blessings to you.

    1. Thank you so much! And thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful night!

  18. That is adorable! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much!!

  19. Nice idea and looks very cute !! 😊

    1. Thank you!!

  20. This a cute idea for me to try while self-isolating. I’ll have to get my partner to pick up the necessities for this.

    1. Thank you so much! I do the same thing. I’m not leaving my house right now. πŸ˜€

  21. Well, there’s the obvious right now “I’m practicing social distancing!” Ha :-p

    1. Haha! Me, too! But then again I usually do that anyway. 🀣

      1. Ha, yeah, and the pot might get broken if I hurl to the giftee from a distance LOL …and I have terrible aim!

        1. Hahaha!!!!

  22. I always love your ideas. Screenshot taken, definitely for the keep. ❀

    1. Thank you so much! I hope you have as much fun making yours as I did! πŸ™‚

      1. You are welcome ma’am. πŸ€—
        Yeah. I look forward to that too. πŸ™‚

  23. Dee | Grammy's Grid says:

    Oh how cute, looks nice and love the sign πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for linking up with me at my #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 10, open March 1 to 26. All entries shared on social media if share buttons installed. I’d like to invite you to check out my other current link parties!

    1. Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much!!

      1. Happy spring dear.🌹

        1. Thank you!! And the same to you! πŸ˜€

  24. I wasn’t receiving your blog post updates and couldn’t figure out why. Now WP is telling me that I wasn’t following you which is strange because I didn’t unfollow you. So I re-followed from my phone and hopefully I get your updates now. *Sigh* πŸ™‡β€β™€οΈ

    1. That has happened to me before with other blogs! I’ve been having a lot of issues with WP lately. It’s not letting me comment on a lot of blogs, but I can on some. It’s so frustrating! Hopefully it gets fixed soon!

      1. Now is showing that I left two multiple comments when I only submitted it once. I’ve been following you since I discovered your blog so it’s so strange. I might switch to working solely from the laptop instead of using the App.

        1. It’s only showing one here so all is good. I had to get rid of the app, too, but I’ve been having issues on my laptop and my phone without the app, too. I’ve heard others complaining about the same things. It’s really strange.

  25. it’s so cute!

    1. Thank you so much!!

  26. Super cute! The name is also quite appropriate for the times too πŸ˜‰.

    1. Thank you so much! haha!! Yes, it is! πŸ™‚

  27. Very cute. Never considered decorating the pot. Thanks

    1. Thank you so much!!

  28. CoCo Tyre says:

    This is so cute, Michelle! I bet your Mom was so excited. Love your puny sign too. It totally puts it over the top πŸ™‚ Hope you and your family are well, CoCo

    1. Thank you so much! She loved it. πŸ˜€ We are doing well and staying in. I hope the same for you and yours!

  29. Too cute Michelle, I know she loved it!!! I adore cactus!

    1. She really did! Thank you so much!!

  30. My kids would love this! Thanks for sharing!

    1. It’s fun to put together, too! They could always just use the little fairy garden figurines and a different succulent, too. πŸ™‚

  31. Nice. It is amazing how items from Dollar Tree and other discount stores can be transformed by those with creative minds. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you! I love using items from Dollar Tree to make home decor items. It’s so fun! πŸ™‚

  32. This is so much fun. Thank you for sharing at Handmade Monday

    1. Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  33. This is such a fun DIY gift idea, and I am loving the adorable gnomes! They are so adorable!!

    1. Thank you so much!!

  34. Oh how cute! Thanks for sharing at TFT!

    1. Thank you so much!!

  35. Dee | Grammy's Grid says:

    CONGRATS! Your post is FEATURED at my #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 11, open April 1 to 26. All entries shared on social media if share buttons installed.

    1. Thank you so much!!!

  36. So cute! I love an upcycled plant pot. You did a great job. Bet your Mom loved it!

    1. Thank you so much! My mom did thing it was really cute. πŸ™‚

  37. How sweet….I’ve been looking for a fake cactus to decorate my she shed..I’ll have to wait until quarantine is over and I can really get my search on…Walmart had some but not quite what I wanted!!

    1. Thank you! Oh, that would be so cute!

  38. This is adorable, Michelle! I love gnomes of all kinds and the little sign is great!

    1. Thank you so much! Gnomes are so adorable. πŸ™‚

  39. Simple yet so cute…

    1. Thank you!! πŸ™‚

  40. Your sign and gnome are super cute with your cactus! I love that your gift was budget-friendly ~ even got your cactus on sale!

    1. Thank you so much! I really lucked out with getting the cactus on sale. πŸ˜€

    1. Thank you so much!

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