This Painted Rock Cactus Garden is a Fun DIY Project for All Ages!

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DIY cactus rock garden in flower pots

Love painted rock art?

Painting rocks is a trendy and inexpensive craft idea, and the possibilities are endless with all the designs you can make using paint!

This DIY cactus rocks garden craft is fun and lets you use your imagination.

painting rock cactus

I love that this craft encourages all ages to join in and get creative! Plus, the best part – this is a garden EVERYONE can keep alive! 😍

painting cactus rocks with green paint

This is great opportunity to use craft supplies you may already have on hand to embellish your cactus garden, such as any green craft paint, markers, puffy paint, or even nail polish!

cactus rock garden in flower pots

DIY Cactus Rocks Garden


Supplies Needed



Go on a rock hunt! Take a little nature walk with your kids and collect some flat and oval-shaped river rocks to paint. Grab a variety of sizes that will fit your container or planter. Scrub any excess dirt off your rocks and set them aside to dry.


After your rocks are washed and dried, paint both sides green. Let dry.


Embellish your painted rocks by adding small cactus details.


Let your rocks completely dry.


Arrange them in small pot or container with potting soil or gravel. Glue any tissue paper flowers, if desired.

I love how my cactus rocks turned out! 🌵

My daughter and I had such a blast with this project! Painting is fun and kinda relaxing. Cacti have always been special to me since I live in the desert, and they seem to be cute and trendy everywhere lately!

Want more painted rock art inspiration?

Check out these other fantastic DIY rock art ideas.

1. These DIY Unicorn Rocks would be a fun make-and-take birthday party craft!

Have a little unicorn fan in the family? Check out this post for an easy way to paint unicorn rocks! These are so ADORABLE and would make such a fun activity and/or party favor for a unicorn-themed birthday party!

painted rock photo holders

2. These Painted Rock Photo Holders would make great gifts!

A painted rock, some craft wire, and beads come together to make a fun photo holder that can be used to display a favorite family photo. Learn how to make them HERE.

3. Painted Rock Garden Markers

If you’re tending a garden this summer, using painted rocks as garden markers would be such a fun idea! Get the easy directions here.

Kindness rocks! Spread positivity with this fun painted rock project.

About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 11 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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  1. katie

    My mom used this idea as a gift one year. She did a bunch of little rocks and “potted” them in a terracotta pot filled with pebbles. It was the cutest!!! You could even paint cute little faces on them (even frowns are cute with a “you prick”/grumpy catus theme! 🙂

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