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Hey there! I am sure anyone whose still quarantining and remaining cautious is feeling bored and tired. I’ve been spending a lot of time creating, writing, and online shopping, of course. I’ve also spent as much time as possible outside. I drove to the beach the other day, go for walks every day, and hangout with my animals. I love exploring the forest and state parks, too. I’m lucky enough to live in an area surrounded by woods, fields, and I’m not far from the beach. Try to make the most out of every day!

Whose ready for my latest DIY project? I made a DIY cactus plant the other day and it’s adorable. I made mine for my deck but you can place it indoors, as well. If you’re in love with color, bohemian trends, and summer, this project is for you. It’s also a great way to keep your children busy and inspired.

What will you need?

  • A pot (terra-cotta planter, ceramic pot, decorative pot, etc.)
  • Sand
  • Large and medium painting rocks (I bought painting rocks but also used rocks I found at our farm)
  • Outdoor Acrylic Paint (I ordered mine from Michaels)
  • Small paint brushes
  • Cardboard (to paint on)

First, fill your pot more than halfway with sand, dirt, or even rock. You want your finished rocks to sit on top of the sand and be visible. I used some soil and sand. The sand is the last layer before adding the finished product in my DIY cactus plant, which makes it look more authentic and natural. If you bought a terra-cotta planter and you’d like to paint it, do that before anything else and let it dry. After filling your pot with the dirt, rock, or sand more than halfway it’s time to paint! Lay all of your rocks, spaced apart on a piece of cardboard, and begin painting the rocks whatever color you’d like. I went with a classic cactus look, painting the rocks dark green and lime green. I painted four coats on each rock and then I let them dry. After they are dry you can add pink or yellow to the tips (imitating a cactus flower and adding pops of color). You can also paint white dots, lines, stars, or stripes onto the rocks to make the cactus rocks look more realistic. After finishing the one side of the rock, (and assuring they’re all dry) flip the rocks over and paint the backs the same base color you did on the front, for example green. I did another three-four coats on the backs of the rocks and then by the evening they were dry. Once the rocks are dry you can simply place them in the pot and arrange them however you’d like. I used about twenty rocks, but you can make your pot as filled or as simplistic as you’d like. I set mine outside on a little side table to add even more color and summer fun to my deck. It goes with an adorable pillow I just bought from Michaels, too.

Have fun! ✨

The Author

Hi loves, I'm a New Jersey writer, published author, and blogger with an immense passion for love, lifestyle, and adventure. I'm the luckiest mama in the world to Greyson Bryce and my heart belongs to my husband Andrew. The Greyson Diaries, an ongoing blog series is based off of my daily experiences as a young mom and my love for my son. I worked in the fashion/marketing industry from age sixteen until becoming a stay at home mama, which drives my passion for fashion, design, and creativity. I published a book (Deployed) that I wrote while I was still in high school, dealing with boys, tears, parties, and gossip and I blossomed into a blogger and a more developed writer. I don't blog to impress...I blog to inspire. If you’re ever interested in my creative work, please feel free to reach out to me. Instagram: lizziemognoni Email:

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