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DIY Valentine’s Day Cactus with Gift Box

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Create a sweet Valentine’s Day cactus for someone special then make a cute box to hold it! Grab the free pattern and SVG cut file for the box. 

DIY Valentine's Day cactus plants in cute pink pots gifted in a sweet handmade box.

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Hello crafty friends! Today I’m excited to share these cute Valentine’s Day cactus plants and the cute gift boxes I made for them. A few weeks ago, I found the sweetest paper by Crate Paper called Heart Day at my local scrapbook store. I was inspired to create matching cactus plants and thought it would be cute to use the paper to make a box for each of them.

Three milk-carton style boxes are lined up; they have a heart window in the front with small cactus plants visible through them.

Even if you don’t have cute cactus paper you can create this fun gift! A few years ago, I created a pattern and cut file for Valentine’s Day Gift Boxes and decided to use the same cut file for this project. Below you can see the original boxes I made using paper from the DCWV paper stack Copper Luxury. I still have this paper stack and love using it! These treat boxes are perfect for any color or print of paper!

Two milk-carton style treat boxes for Valentine's Day with cut out heart window are filled with cookies.

DIY Valentine’s Day Cactus Plants

The little cactus plants are the stars of the show and I made them using fake succulents I found at Michael’s craft store. They were so tiny and the perfect size! I actually attempted using real cacti and I would definitely advise against that! I couldn’t get the cactus out of the box without pricking my hand – so fake ones are way better for this project!

Supplies Needed:

  • Small fake succulent plants
  • Pink and black acrylic paint
  • Heart-shaped beads
  • Straight pin

Three succulents in tiny pots.

Step One: Paint the pots!

Paint the pots bright pink with acrylic paint.

Small succulent cactus plants sit on a workspace with heart beads and glue.

Next,  paint a small black heart on each pot. I did this to match the illustrated cacti plants on the scrapbook paper so you can skip this step or add another cute detail to the pots. 

Step Two: Add the heart beads.

Use straight pins or glue to attach the beads to the cactus or succulent plants.

Three fake succulents in small pink pots; a heart bead flower on top of them.

Step Three: Gift them in a cute gift box!!

Pop them into a cute handmade gift box, like my Valentine’s Day Treat Box, and you have an adorable little Valentine’s Day gift. The free pattern, cut file and the tutorial to create these boxes, can be found on this post: DIY Valentine’s Day Treat Box. The only change I made for this project was to resize the boxes to be 11.5″ wide total so they would cut from one sheet of 12″ x 12″ paper, instead of needing to use two sheets of paper.

Follow the steps from my original post to assemble the boxes. I used Grafix Clear Craft Plastic for the peekaboo window and cute brads to keep the boxes closed. The paper is Heart Day by Crate Paper.

DIY Valentine's Day cactus plants in cute pink pots gifted in sweet handmade boxes

I think they turned out so cute! I’m gifting them as office gifts and I think they will look great dressing up an office desk! 

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