DIY Mini Potted Paper Cactus

DIY [ mini ] Paper Potted Cactus |

I don't know why I didn't make one of these sooner because it's AH-dorable! And, like all my other faux cacti and succulents, it's quite impossible to kill.

Wanna make one for yourself? Keep reading!

DIY [ mini ] Paper Potted Cactus |

Supplies Needed:

How to Make a Mini Potted Paper Cactus:

1. Start by stamping your cactus pieces—I call them "petals"—on the thick white paper. 


2. Next, cut them out. (If you want them to be double-sided, stamp the backs. Luckily, a clear stamp will make this easy!)

DIY [ mini ] Potted Paper Cactus |

3. Now it's time to prep your "soil." Turn the wood pot upside down and trace around it on your piece of brown cardboard. Cut out the circle, but make it a little bit smaller than what you traced. Finally, cut a straight line in the center with your X-acto knife.


4. Push the cardboard circle down into your pot, then stick one of the cactus pieces in. This is the base of your cactus!


5. Cut narrow slits into your remaining cactus pieces. (Don't make them too wide or your pieces won't fit together.)


6. Last step: arrange your cactus, then step back and admire your work. (If you make one, please share it with us on Instagram by tagging @prettypeaspaperie! I'd love to see what you make.)

DIY [ mini ] Potted Paper Cactus |

Ideas + Inspiration | Cactus Cooler Party

This past weekend, we threw a cactus-taco-tequila-themed party as one last hurrah before Baby M arrives. As requested, I'm posting some of the decorative details to provide inspiration for your next fiesta! 


Don't get too excited...I did not hand watercolor each of them. I was lazy and used Paperless Post. :) I did draw a can of Cactus Cooler and customize a blank template with the graphic, though! (If you don't have a way to draw digitally, you could draw something similar and take a photo of it. Paperless Post has a lot of photo-ready templates you can use.)

Since I already had a Cactus Cooler vector handy, I made a clear stamp out of it to use throughout the party. Below, you can see a gold-embossed stamped image filled in with watercolor. Pretty coooool, eh?


Full disclosure :: this was not my idea. I found it on Pinterest via Design Improvised.

Supplies Needed:

DIY Cactus Balloon Supplies | Pretty Peas Paperie

How to Make a Cactus Balloon:

  1. Fill your balloons with helium. You'll need 3-4 balloons per cactus. (I used 12" balloons and filled them with varying amounts of helium to get different sizes. If you want them to float with tassels, you'll need to use a giant "main" balloon. I ended up removing the tassels for the party so our balloons would stay afloat.)
  2. With a Sharpie, draw points (aka, upward-facing arrows) all over the balloons to make your cactus look prickly. (Be careful about smudging...even though it's a Sharpie, the ink needs time to dry.)
  3. Put a dab of glue on a pink pom-pom and stick it to the top of each balloon. (Luckily, these are easy to place because there's a dark spot marking the top.)
  4. Use a strip of double-stick tape to attach the smaller balloons to your main balloon that has a string. That's it!

What I love about these balloons is that you don't have to fill them with helium. You could simply blow them up and stick 'em in a pot and they'd be just as cute. I realized this the morning after the party.


Since it was rainy on Saturday, I made a sign for the front door so people would leave their shoes on the mat. I bought 10 of these die-cut lace paper scrapbook sheets and used them for party signage throughout the house. For our "Please take off your shoes" sign, I cut out a smaller sheet of chalkboard paper and taped it to the die-cut sheet. It worked perfectly because I messed up a few times; using chalk pen saved me at least $4.00 in wasted paper!

Entry Sign (for leaving shoes at the door) | Pretty Peas Paperie

Cactus Cooler Bar | Pretty Peas Paperie


Every shindig needs a signature drink, so we chose the "Cactus Cooler Tequila Cocktail" by Sugar and Soul.

What we did differently:

We substituted the tangerine and lime juices with fresh cut limes and strawberries. Since kids were at the party (and I can't drink booze), we kept the alcohol separate so everyone could enjoy the juice and soda mixture from the dispenser.

How to Make a Cheap Styrofoam Cooler Even Cooler:

Stamp it with mini cacti using a Colorbox pigment ink stamp pad!

Original Recipe via Sugar and Soul:

  • 1 part tequila
  • 1/2 oz. triple sec
  • 1 part orange juice
  • 1 1/2 parts cranberry juice
  • 4 parts lemon-lime soda
  • 1/2 part tangerine juice
  • 1/2 part lime juice
  • Fresh mint garnish
Cactus Cooler Tequila Cocktail | Soul and Sugar
Stamped Styrofoam Cooler | Pretty Peas Paperie


Here's another fab idea I found on Pinterest via Alana Jones-Mann :: a cookie taco bar! Bend sugar cookies into "tortillas," then fill them with brownie ("beef"), coconut ("lettuce" and "cheese"), and red M&Ms ("tomatoes"). My sample cookie didn't turn out quite as cute as Alana's, but guests had fun making them and they were really yummy.

A few things I learned:

  1. Bending the sugar cookies was harder than I thought it'd be. I baked them at 350º for 9 minutes and they were barely cooked I put them in for another minute. I think the sweet spot is somewhere in between because they were soft, but the edges had begun to crisp. I recommend only baking 1-2 cookies to start to get your baking time and temperature right.
  2. The recipe calls for laying the cookies over a rolling pin to bend them. I found our rolling pins to be slightly too big, so if you have something cylindrical that's a bit smaller, that would be better. Also, with 3 rolling pins I was only able to bend a dozen cookies at once. Instead of waiting for everything to cool, I made the rest of the cookies flat and called them "tostadas." :)
  3. To keep your cookies from sticking to the rolling pin, you're supposed to use wax paper. We didn't have that on hand so I used foil - still worked!
  4. I accidentally bought unsweetened coconut for the lettuce and cheese. The food coloring didn't spread as evenly, but we ended up liking that there wasn't quite as much sugar added to the taco as a whole. The cookie, brownie, and frosting were sweet enough!
  5. I found the red M&Ms at Party City
"Taco Time" Chalkboard Sign | Pretty Peas Paperie


With two taco bars and a tequila bar, we needed one more...a succulent bar! We have a plentiful supply of succulents, thanks to some super healthy specimens from our wedding. (Our wedding, by the way, was almost 6 years ago, and we have 4-5 overflowing pots of succulents that have descended from the cuttings of my bouquet...isn't that crazy?!)

Here's what I laid out:

  1. Mini terra cotta pots (which were surprisingly cheap)
  2. Acrylic paint, water cups, paintbrushes, paper towels, and small paper plates (to be used as palettes)
  3. Small rocks (for the base of the pot - helps with overwatering)
  4. Soil for drought-tolerant plants
  5. Succulent clippings (pre-rinsed, cut, and trimmed)
  6. Crushed glass (found in the decorative plant section at Ikea)
  7. Take-home bags

To protect our table, I covered it with kraft butcher paper and wrote instructions on it in chalk pen. (To my surprise, people actually read everything very carefully.) If I had more time, I would have printed out small cards with plant care instructions, but ohhh well. It was so fun seeing what everyone guest left Andrew and I a pair of pots with our portraits on them. :)

Succulent Bar | Pretty Peas Paperie
How to Set Up a Succulent Bar | Pretty Peas Paperie


I saved the best for last! After seeing this pin, I decided that succulent cupcakes were a must. Good thing I know a talented baker by the name of Jenna (owner of Sinfully Sweet Cake Design) who could make my piña colada and buttercream dreams come true! She did such a wonderful job and I highly recommend her to anyone in the Houston area looking for custom cakes, cupcakes, or cookies.

Succulent Cupcakes by Sinfully Sweet Cake Design | Pretty Peas Paperie

Hopefully you can use some of these ideas for your next party! If you want even more, check out my "Tacos + Tequila" board HERE

Christmas GIVEAWAY!

Today marks 1 week until the stamp shop closes for Christmas, so I thought I'd end this amazing year with a GIVEAWAY!

The Prizes:

  1. A wax seal stamp (choose your favorite of 4 of my custom designs)
  2. 3 sticks of sealing wax (choose traditional wax or glue gun wax)
  3. A hand-lettered "handle with care" stamp
  4. An envelope liner template kit (so you can make use of our free printables)
Custom Wax Seal Stamps by Pretty Peas Paperie | Snail Mail, Cactus, Donut, Philodendron Leaf
Custom Wax Seal Stamps by Pretty Peas Paperie | Snail Mail, Cactus, Donut, Philodendron Leaf

The Rules:

  1. You must be a U.S. resident over the age of 18 to win.
  2. Winner will be notified via email and package will be sent via USPS First Class.
  3. The prize includes 1 wax seal stamp, 3 wax sticks, 1 clear stamp, and 1 envelope liner kit.
  4. Giveaway closes on December 15, 2017 at 11:59pm CST.
  5. Pretty Peas Paperie reserves the right to change or cancel this giveaway at any time.
  6. The prizes are not redeemable for cash or credit, but we are happy to transfer them to someone else if you're feeling generous.
  7. Pretty Peas Paperie is not responsible if the prize package is lost, damaged, or delayed in the mail. Tracking information is not guaranteed.
  8. All members who purchased something during our Christmas Pop-Up (11/7/16-11/20/16) will automatically receive 1 entry.
  9. Limit 1 official entry form per person.

By the amazing is the donut seal?! I discovered that you can hole punch glue gun sealing wax. (!!!) Simply make your seal ahead of time, rather than apply it directly to your envelope. Squeeze the wax onto a non-stick pan, wax paper, or parchment your wax seal stamp down, and let dry. (It's quick.) Then, use a standard hole-punch to make your donut hole!


THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Thanks so much for your entries! We'll notify the winner soon. :)

Free Printable | Envelope Liners

Envelope liners are the perfect way to spruce up your snail mail, and today I'm sharing 6 free designs that you can print from home!

This philodendron pattern paired with a coral envelope makes me want to go on vacation.

These little snails are doing a fine job of delivering their mail.

Cacti can look so sophisticated in black, white, and blush.

Donut worry...I have an envelope liner (and wax seal) to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Supplies Needed:

  • Envelope Liner PDF (download above)
  • A printer
  • Matte photo paper or text-weight paper (1 8.5″ x 11″ sheet per liner)
  • Envelope Liner Templates to match your envelope (my favorites are from Paper Source)
  • Scissors
  • Double-Sided Tape

As always, these printables are free for personal use only and may not be redistributed, copied, or sold. Please share the project with a link to this post. Tag us on Instagram with @prettypeaspaperie, #prettypeaspaperie.

Assembly is easy-peasy, but here are some notes:

1. Print the liner of your choice on a sheet of matte photo paper or text-weight paper. (Super thick paper won't fold very well.) Use your high quality (or photo quality) print setting for best results. Note :: Each 8.5″ x 11″ sheet fits 1 liner.

2. Using pencil, lightly trace around your envelope liner template.

3. Cut out the envelope liner.

4. Slide the liner inside the envelope and place it where you want it. Fold your envelope to crease the liner. NOW, remove the liner and put a small piece of double-sided tape near the top of it (on the back, of course). Slide the liner back in, make sure it's placed correctly, then stick it! (I don't recommend putting tape on the bottom portion of the liner because it will crinkle when you fold the envelope. A single piece of tape allows the liner to move a bit as the envelope is closed and sealed.)

Stick around because I'm about to post a GIVEAWAY!


Free Printable | Modern Cactus-Themed Valentine's Day Cards

Free Printable | Modern Cactus-Themed Valentine's Day Cards by Pretty Peas Paperie

Can you believe February is right around the corner?! Plan ahead for Valentine's Day this year with my cactus cards!

If you follow Akula Kreative (my design studio) on Instagram, you might recognize the prickly plants from several posts back. "Draw cacti" had been on my Do-When-You-Have-Time List for months until I fiiinally had a chance over Christmas to make it happen. Originally, I wanted to use the cactus pattern to make custom fabric for our house—which I still might do—but for now, they work perfectly for printable cards.

These small cards are super easy to make: just print, cut, and fold! They fit inside a standard A2 envelope and measure about 4" x  5.125" when folded. The best part is, you have two versions of each design to choose from: one is fully designed and ready to go (top row in the photo below), and the other is plain and ready for stamping (bottom row in the photo below).

Free Printable | Cactus-Themed Valentine's Day Cards by Pretty Peas Paperie

Supplies Needed:


As always, this printable is free for personal use only and may not be redistributed, copied, or sold. Please share the project with a link to this post.

Free Printable | "I love [cact]us." Valentine's Day Card by Pretty Peas Paperie

Assembly is pretty self-explanatory, but here are some notes:

1. Print the PDF on a sheet of matte photo paper or card stock. Use your high quality (or photo quality) print setting for best results. Note :: Each 8.5″ x 11″ sheet fits 2 cards. The PDF is composed of 3 pages: page 1 is "I love [cact]us," page 2 is "chicks before pricks," and page 3 is "let's cuddle."

2. Using the solid trim lines on the PDF, cut out your cards. If you plan on stamping, I recommend doing that before folding.

3. On the samples, I used Paper Source text weight paper in Luxe Blush and stamped with a Versafine ink pad. (Remember that the more textured your paper is, the harder it will be for detail to come through. Luxe blush paper has a textured, cotton-like finish, so if you use that you might notice some loss in detail with your stamps.)

Free Printable | "Chicks before pricks" Valentine's Day Card by Pretty Peas Paperie

I had SO much fun making these...from the hand-lettered cactus puns to the limited edition stamp set! Oh, and speaking of stamps, I only made a handful of these cactus cuties so you better grab 'em while you can. The set of 3 is $50 and comes with a BONUS stamp! Click here to shop the Etsy Pop-Up.

Have fun and hope you enjoy my cacti!

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Free Printable | "Let's cuddle" Cactus Valentine's Day Card by Pretty Peas Paperie