This DIY cactus decoration is my favorite Cinco de Mayo party decoration ever! It looks like a cactus pinata, but it is on a foam board so it can be used as a centerpiece. It is the perfect decoration for a Cinco de Mayo dinner party.
DIY Cactus Decoration for a Cinco de Mayo Party
We love the family that lives next door to us and wanted to have them over for dinner. I decided it would be fun to have them over for a Cinco de Mayo dinner party! Good friends, tacos, lots of kids, and a big cactus. That is my kind of fun!
Look how cute it turned out! Don’t you just want to hug it? I am totally all about the cactus trend right now. (Just ask my kids.) I knew we had to have a cactus decoration for our Cinco de Mayo party. The pinatas everyone is making online are so much fun so I decided to make a combo of the two.
See how skinny it is? That is because it is not a pinata! It is a foam board that looks like a pinata because making a whole pinata looked like too much work. Too much. I love it so much that we have eaten at the dining room table all week instead of around the kitchen island. 🙂
This cactus decoration doesn’t take too many materials and doesn’t cost much either. Win. Win. It needs a white foam board, the smaller one. Also, you can use one color of green streamers or two like I did. Any glue will work because you are only gluing streamers to the foam board.
I used fringe scissors that I got from Hobby Lobby and it made the job go much faster. You can use regular scissors too. A self-healing mat comes in handy when cutting the cactus out with a retractable utility knife. If you want to add the flowers, you will need a roll of pink streamers or pink tissue paper.
First, draw a cactus shape on the foam board with a pencil. Just get really brave and draw it, if you need to erase and do a part again, go for it! I have an eraser mark on there. My photo didn’t show the pencil, so I had to draw over it with my computer program so you could see it. 🙂 Make sure it isn’t too wide for your container! Yep, did that.
Next, cut it out with a retractable utility knife. I have a self healing mat, so I used that. I am not going to lie, this was not my favorite part. It was a little tricky and took longer than I thought it would! Keep going, the cactus decoration is worth it!
This is my first time using fringe scissors and I am in love. They make the project go super fast! Cut fringe in the green streamers, leaving about 1/2 in. at the top.
Wrap one line of the streamer around the cactus decoration. Then keep going until you are finished. You will need to improvise on areas like the bends of the cactus. The back side of my board needed patching later.
After I finished, I decided to make flowers to hide some of my less than pretty parts and because they are cute. To make the flowers, I just cut off a small piece of the streamer and scrunched it together to make a flower. There are no photos of this part because I added it in at the end.
The cactus decoration went in a small metal tub we had because I had accidentally made the base too wide to go in the container I had purchased for it. Oops! That’s ok, I like this container better after I see it in use.
I filled the container with small chocolate candies. You could use anything you have to hold it in place. What do you think? Are you going to make this cactus decoration for your Cinco de Mayo party or dinner party?
One more note, you do see some of the white board peeking through, but as a recovering perfectionist, I decide that was ok! My girls and I tried to paint a foam board for anther project and it bent into a crazy shape. Super sad. So, I don’t recommend painting the board. You could glue green paper to it first if you were really concerned about it.