Cactus Template Free Printable Craft

Template for cactus crafts

Free Printable Cactus Craft Templates


Cacti are not only important plants for the desert, but they look super cute as a craft. This is a great craft for preschoolers or young learners. Teach kids about the desert and use this printable template for a fun craft. I’ve seen many cacti growing up in the desert and they look so beautiful in nature. If your child is not from the desert this cactus craft is a great activity to learn more about the southwest.

What types of cactus template printable are included in this craft?

5 Cactus Craft Templates


I wanted to included a variety of different cacti so I have a saguaro, barrel cactus, and prickly pear. Some are of the whole cactus and others are to build a cactus.


Barrel Cactus Craft Template or Coloring Page


Saguaro Template for Crafts


Prickly Pear Cactus Template

Build a Saguaro Template: CLICK HERE FOR PDF TEMPLATE

Saguaro Cactus Template to cut and paste

Build a Prickly Pear Template: CLICK HERE FOR PDF TEMPLATE

Prickly Pear Cactus Craft Template to cut and paste

This cactus craft is easy for kids to put together. All you need is the digital files for the free printable cactus template, scissors, glue and a printer. Cacti come in a variety of shapes and sizes. That is why I made a few different options of cacti templates for kids to put together or mix and match.

Just get the downloadable files to print out at home or at a local printer. You can use the print and cut file to just print it and put it together. There is also an outline free cactus template to use in creative ways, such as with paint.

Who can use the cactus printable craft?


This craft is ideal for preschoolers at home or in a class setting. It has small pieces that are easy to assemble together even for little hands. It is a great way to work on fine motor skills.

What is a great way to use the free printable cactus template?

  1. Draw a desert background with kids and glue this cactus template on top.
  2. Use the instant download shape to paint and add fun textures too. You can really get creative with ways to use the free printable template.
  3. Let kids cut out the printable and practice scissor skills.
  4. You can even print them out to put on a bulletin board.

What materials do you need?


All you need is the printable that you can print out on a home printer or at a local print shop, card stock paper is the best paper to use to make a sturdy cactus, and some type of glue such as a glue stick. You can use construction paper for different colored paper to decorate yourself as you choose. Another way to use this printable is the coloring option to color it in, then cut, and paste! It is such an easy craft for small kids with short attention spans. Kids can also put their own personality and style into their cactus craft creation!

Lets make a fun cactus craft!

  1. First you will need to print out the cactus template of your choice on your home printer or at a print shop.
  2. Next cut out the cactus pieces. If you are using construction paper trace the pieces on the different colored construction paper. Brown for the pot, green for the cacti, and red for the flowers.
  3. Use a glue stick to glue the pot piece on to the bottom of the cactus.
  4. Glue the arms on to the back of the main part of the cactus. To make funny cactus mix and match the pieces or let kids figure out which pieces go to which cactus.
  5. If you want to you can paint a desert background to add to the template or make one with paper.

You can also add pipe cleaners for spikes or tissue paper for flowers to add dimension. There are many fun ways to use this cactus template for crafts with kids.

To learn more about the desert get a few books about desert plants and animals from the library. There are tons of desert plants to learn about. Other fun cactus crafts include making pipe cleaner cactus, handprint, or play doh cacti to go with the fun cactus template.

About Valerie Jackson

Hi I'm Val! I love making simple crafts with my kids using free printable templates. Come craft with us!

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