3/31 | DIY Marquee Cactus

I love making my own DIY room decor. I got inspired the other day to create this awesome DIY Marquee Cactus. It turned out so cute and I have it sitting on my desk, I get so many compliments on it. Cactus crafts are so popular right now and I thought it would be so cool to make some fun lighted decor. I thought you guys would like to see how I made it, so here’s a fun DIY that you’ll be itching to create. There’s even a video down below so you can watch how it was made!

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  • Cricut Maker
  • Scrap Wood
  • Jigsaw
  • Sand Paper
  • Drill and small Bit
  • Marquee Lights
  • Green Paint
  • Foam Brush
  • Staple Gun
  • Marker
  • Silk Flower
  • Multi-Purpose Glue


One- With your Cricut maker, a 24″ mat, and cardstock, cut out an outline of a cactus. You can find several cactus outlines in Design Space. We found a great simple one.

Two- Choose your piece of scrap wood, then take your marker and trace around the edge of your cactus cutout. This will be a guide for cutting your wood with the jigsaw.

Three- Once you have a good outline, carefully saw out your cactus. This may take some time, and it won’t be perfect. I think the imperfections make the project look even better! After you’re done sawing, take sandpaper or a sanding block and smooth out any rough edges.

Four- Now that you have your cactus, take your drill and measure to find a bit that is just a little bit bigger than your marquee lights. Be sure to count your lights also, so you know how many holes you need to drill! Once you’ve counted, randomly drill holes around your cactus, or make marker dots beforehand in specific places you’d like your lights to be. You can also use sandpaper to smooth the holes after drilling.

Five- Now take your foam brush and paint your cactus with 1-2 coats of paint, allowing your cactus to dry between coats and before you put your lights in. There may be some paint that drips into the holes you drilled for your lights. Take a pencil wrapped in a paper towel to clean out the paint from the holes.

Six- Now that your cactus is dry, flip it over and poke the lights through the holes. If any lights are loose, you can add some glue to the back to hold them in place. We also used a staple gun to secure all the excess wiring to the back of the cactus. Once you’ve done that you can glue your silk flower onto the front of your cactus and now you have an adorable piece of DIY Room Decor!