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Beaded Cactus Inspirations and Tutorial

Beaded Cactus Inspirations and Tutorial

Cactuses are amazing plants. They can grow in a desert and store water for a long time. Did you know that cactuses are succulents? And the biggest ones can be over 20 meters (65 feet) high, and the smallest – about 1 cm (0.4 inches).

More beaded cactuses for you we have pinned to the board named „Cacti“ on our Pinterest
 Have a look, they are quite amazing 😊


Beaded Cactus Free Tutorial

Tutorial: Beaded Cactus

Materials and Tools:
1. Seed beads, green, size 11/0 - click here
2. Craft wire 28 ga - click here 
3. Wire-cutters
4. Arranger
5. Clay pot
6. Glue (glue gun with plastic sticks)

String a large number of beads (size 11/0) on a spool of 28ga wire. 

Tutorial: Beaded Cactus

Slipping the first 5 beads, insert the wire through the next 5 beads, and tighten.

Tutorial: Beaded Cactus

Leave about 1 inch (25mm) of loose wire from one end and 1/4" (6mm) from another. Cut the wire. Now, you have 1 thorn. Make 3 thorns...

Tutorial: Beaded Cactus

Join 3 thorns together twisting long ends. 

Tutorial: Beaded Cactus

Be patient: I made more than 100 bundles of thorns for my little cactus! 

Tutorial: Beaded Cactus

I used a ball arranger as a base for my cactus (diameter -1 3/4" (45 mm). Attach it to the clay pot with a glue- gun... Stick bundles into the arranger.
If you wish, you can make beaded flowers and stick them into the top of the cactus.


Tutorial: Simple Beaded Flower

1. You will need:
2. Seed beads #11 of your favorite colors
3. Crystal bead, 6mm
4. Craft wire, 28ga
5. Wire cutters
6. Glue gun with glue sticks(for barrette)
To make one marigold flower, cut the wire into three 1-yard pieces. Each flower has three rows: lower red, middle orange, and upper yellow.

Step 1. String 18 red beads and center them on the 1-yard wire. Pass the wire end through the first bead and slightly tighten. Now, you made one petal.

Step 2. Take the next 18 red beads and place them so that the first bead is close to the first petal. Pass the wire end through the first bead and slightly tighten.
Step 3. Repeat Step 2 five more times, so you have seven petals.
Step 4. Twist the wire ends 3-4 times. You can notice a small hole in the middle of a new little flower


Tutorial: Beaded Cactus

Step 5. Make an orange row, in the same manner, using 13 beads for one petal (no photo for this step :)).
Step 6. For upper row slide 10 yellow beads for each petal. Twist the wire ends 3-4 times.
Step 7. Lift one wire end above the yellow flower (upper row) and slide a 6mm crystal bead.
Step 8. Place the bead in the middle of the yellow flower so the wire goes on the opposite side. Twist the wire ends 2-3 times.
Step 9. Assembling the marigold flower.
Insert the wire ends of the yellow flower into a hole of orange flower. Now, insert four wire ends from yellow and orange flowers into a red flower’s hole.

Tutorial: Beaded Cactus

 Step 10. Pull the wire ends so all three layers sit tightly. Twist all six wire ends 3-4 times and then mid-split the wire ends. 

Tutorial: Beaded Cactus

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Here some pictures of cactuses and beads to inspire:
Tutorial: Beaded Cactus

These cactuses’ scheme for Peyote Stich were found on the Internet and beaded by ScaraBeads with Delica Miyuki 11/0 Japanese seed beads 😊
Here a list of beads you can use
11DE037 – orange
11DE041 – pink
11DE068 – pearl AB
11DE069 – light ceylon

Other useful beads
11DE075 – mix green, orange, yellow

You also can use Delica of any other colors and sizes, here is final size with 11/0

Tutorial: Beaded Cactus

Or you can do Peyote stitch cactus in other direction to make the pot smoother (see the one in the middle)


Tutorial: Beaded Cactus


Tutorial: Beaded Cactus

Beads used for cactuses:
Cactus 1 (upper left):
11SB209 – dark turquoise
10SB129 – green opal
10SB178 – turquoise
11SB182 – white pearl

Cactus 2 (upper right):
10SB188 – zink iris
5SB013 – striped green
10SB129 – green opal
11SB211 – green
11SB020 – green silver lined

Cactus 3 (bottom left):
10SB188 – zink iris
11SB211 – green
11SB020 – green silver lined

Cactus 4 (bottom right):
10SB178 – turquoise
11SB126 – brass gold
5SB003 – green silver lined

Here you can download these cactuses to print or any other purpose 😊


Tutorial: Beaded Cactus


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