Do you have a not-so-green thumb? Here's a project that solve all your problems.

When it comes to growing plants, I either get extremely lucky or it's an epic fail. Sometimes, I love the little greenies too much by giving them way too much water, or I forget about them completely.

That's why I thought I'd just make my own plant by painting rocks to look like cacti. I can't go wrong with the amount of water I give them, and it's okay if they slip my mind for a week, month or more likely a year.

Here's how to add a homemade touch of green to your home or office without the hassle of caring for it.

Materials needed

The materials for DIY cacti materialsThis 'prickly' art project needs both craft supplies and things from nature. (Photo: Kelly Ladd)

  • Smooth river rocks (I picked these up in the garden section of my local hardware store)
  • Mini flower pots (I'm recycling these from a previous DIY project)
  • Paint brushes (Foam brush, thick brush and thin brush)
  • Piece of cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Gravel
  • Craft paint
  • Hot glue gun and extra glue

Instructions

  1. Paint your rocks a solid green color. Let dry. Then paint a second or third coat depending on the brand of craft paint you use. Let dry between coats. I used a couple different colored greens so that it can show a variety of cacti species.
  2. The first step in creating faux cactiThe rocks will need a few coats of paint before they're ready to be 'cacti.' (Photo: Kelly Ladd)

  3. Paint thin "spikes" on your cacti using your thin paint brush.
  4. Painting 'spikes' on the 'cacti' is a key part of this fun art project.Painting 'spikes' on the 'cacti' is a key part of this fun art project. (Photo: Kelly Ladd)

  5. Paint your flower pots bright fun colors. Again you may need a 2nd or 3rd coat. Let dry.
  6. Cut a circle out of cardboard so it fits tightly in your flower pot. I'm doing this so can cheat and not have to fill the entire flower pot with gravel.
  7. Adding a bit of cardboard to your pot will save you on the amount of gravel you 'cacti' will require.Adding a bit of cardboard to your pot will save you on the amount of gravel you 'cacti' will require. (Photo: Kelly Ladd)

  8. Hot glue your rocks together in cute formations.
  9. Place your rocks to they stand up vertically. Hot glue them to the cardboard.
  10. Painted 'cacti' rocks arranged and hot glued in small potsArranged your painted 'cacti' in a fun little formation. (Photo: Kelly Ladd)

  11. Place gravel over the cardboard to cover it.
  12. Adding a bit of gravel around the rocks will finish off the aesthetics of your potted 'cacti.'Adding a bit of gravel around the rocks will finish off the aesthetics of your potted 'cacti.' (Photo: Kelly Ladd)

Completed DIY 'cacti' rocks.These completed 'cacti' rocks bring a folk art-esque addition to your shelf. (Photo: Kelly Ladd)