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Cactus Coloring Pages (Free PDF Printables)

On this page, you will find 24 unique cactus coloring pages that are all free to download and print! These printables are great for both kids and adults who want to do something creative while also showing appreciation for cacti. All that is needed are some coloring pencils and a dash of imagination!

For this series, we illustrated various cacti in different styles and complexity to appeal to all ages and skill levels. Included below are fun kawaii-themed cacti, realistic-looking cacti, different types of cacti, cactus mandalas, simple outlines of cacti for kids, plus many more!

Alongside a fun and free art activity, these prints also make for fantastic learning tools in the classroom to help teach kids about these very important plants and how they play a role in various ecosystems. To start coloring, click on any of the below images or links to open the free PDF.

All of the below pages are on US letter-sized paper, but they also scale perfectly onto A4 paper too! Happy coloring!

10 Craft Ideas To Do With Cactus Coloring Pages

Here are 10 super fun, creative, and affordable craft ideas to complete with your finished cactus pages.

1. Make a Cute Desktop Decoration

Have your child color two identical cactus plants for this pretty craft and glue them to stiff poster paper.

From the bottom, cut a slit about halfway up each cactus, and fit them together. This will create a terrific 3D cactus that stands on its own on the child’s desk.

For extra fun, use a craft flower–or let your child design one from scratch–to embellish the top of the decoration.

2. Create a Hanging Cactus Garden

For this craft, use several cactus cutouts from various coloring pages. Use at least two tall ones and two shorter ones.

Have your youngster make a small paper rectangle resembling a window box.

Fill it with tiny craft balls and put a bit of glue at the bottom of each cactus cutout. 

When they’re pushed into the craft balls, the glue will anchor them, and it will look like a tiny cactus garden. A string can be added, and the tiny garden can be hung anywhere you desire.

3. Brighten Up a Classroom

This fun classroom activity not only brightens up the room but allows each child to decorate his or her own desk.

Have the children color 2-3 cactus plants, cut them out, and glue them together vertically! The idea is to make it look as if each cactus is coming out of the one below it.

String can be used to hang the ornament on the side of the child’s desk, or they can be strung across a window for a colorful cactus fringe!

4. A Signature Cactus Poster

Children love this easy craft, and it’s great for a classroom activity or at home.

Have the children draw flowerpots on a piece of poster paper and write their names on them with puffy paint or magic markers. 

Once they’re finished coloring their cactus plants, they should be cut out and glued to the top of the flowerpot to look as if they’re planted there.

Next, the cacti should be brought to life with smiles, wiggle eyes, noses, and rosy cheeks. This part is limited only by the youngsters’ imaginations!

5. Giant Accordion Cactus Banner

Have each child color and cut out a large cactus plant for this entertaining classroom activity.

These should be folded horizontally, accordion style, and a hole punched through all the layers.

Next, the cactus cutouts should be threaded through a long piece of yarn or embroidery silk before they are fanned back out.

Once they are stretched out, this creates an unusual, accordion-style cactus banner to brighten up the classroom.

6. Cactus Flowers

Making cactus flowers is simple and easy. Cut the finished cactus from the page and glue it to the front of a craft stick with Krazy glue.

Next, take red streamers and tear them into fluffy pieces of varying lengths. Glue the ends to the top of the cactus and let them hang down around the sides.

Then, take a large, red pom-pom and glue it to the center of the red paper tufts for an adorable cactus flower. 

It can then be used to decorate a garden or placed in a flower arrangement.

7. Fun With Initials

For this craft, the youngsters should color a tree-like cactus that has three main sections. 

Once the cactus plants are colored, the children should use black magic markers or black puffy paint to add their initials to the three sections. 

If a child has no middle name, they can add a flower or other designs in the middle section.

When finished, the cactus plants can be cut out, laminated, and hung up as cute signs for their bedroom doors.

8. Create a Cactus Pumpkin

Let your child have fun spray-painting a small pumpkin with green craft paint.

Toothpicks can be used for the cactus needles, and a craft flower can be glued to the top of the pumpkin to make it bloom.

The finished cactus can then be cut from the page and glued to the front of the pumpkin for a unique fall ornament that can be placed on a front porch or in a bay window!

9. Bring the Cactus to Life

Once the children are finished coloring a cactus page, show them how to bring it to life.

When it’s colored, it should be cut out and set aside, and the child should trace and cut out a sombrero hat from bright construction paper. 

The sombrero can then be glued to the top of the cactus cutout.

Wiggle eyes can be added with a mustache, a bow tie, and a smile. With these things in place, the cactus will look adorably real.

10. Make a Hilarious Cactus Hat

This craft is perfect as a classroom activity; any child can do it.

The youngsters should cut long strips from green poster board and staple the ends together to form the base of a hat.

Next, they should color various cactus plants in different sizes and, one by one, attach them to different areas of the poster board.

This hilarious hat will almost look like a feather headdress, only it’s made from an assortment of cactus plants instead of feathers.

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