DIY Cactus String Art Pillow

INSIDE: How to make an envelope pillow with a DIY cactus string art pillow craft.

DIY String Art Cactus Pillow | DazzleWhileFrazzled.comI’ve lived in the southwest for a dozen years now. And it’s taken me about 10 of those 12 to accept it! But when I saw and snapped up some cactus fabric recently, I knew that the desert life had become a part of me.

Since I live surrounded by all things cacti, why not add just one more to this southwest print? But I couldn’t just paste a simple cactus on top, could I? No! Learn how to create a trendy string art cactus… on a pillow. Grab your sewing needle instead of a hammer and let’s start stringing…*This post contains affiliate links. A purchase of any of these items helps to support this blog and its creative efforts at no cost to you. To read more, please see my disclosure page.

DIY cactus string art pillow


No thorns in this project! Learn how to make an easy envelope pillow here. With the pillow created, add the cactus string art that is perfect for Spring!

Cactus String Art Supplies:
– Miniature buttons (in green and pink)
– Sewing thread (in green and pink) + needle
– Embroidery thread (in green and pink)
Fabric glue
– Paper template
– Straight pins

Do you love this cactus fabric as much as I do? Check out Fabric.com’s wide selection of cactus fabric prints here!


Step #1:
I pulled out some scrap paper and sketched out a simple cactus shape and flower. If you aren’t as familiar with cactus as I am, just google “cactus clipart” for lots of ideas!

Pin the cactus and flower templates onto the pillow. Sew miniature buttons about 1″ apart around the templates.
DIY String Art Cactus Pillow | DazzleWhileFrazzled.com

Step #2:
Remove the paper template. Outline the cactus with green embroidery thread, wrapping the thread around each button.

Repeat the same process, creating the outline of the cactus flower with pink embroidery thread.
DIY String Art Cactus Pillow | DazzleWhileFrazzled.com
Step #3:
With the outline formed, begin to string the thread across the cactus, criss crossing until you are happy with how it looks.

Repeat the same for the cactus flower.
DIY String Art Cactus Pillow | DazzleWhileFrazzled.com
Step #4:
To keep the string safely in place, place a dab of fabric glue around each button. I used a toothpick to get the glue around the buttons.
DIY String Art Cactus Pillow | DazzleWhileFrazzled.com

I love this string art craft alternative, especially since it doesn’t require any nails and hammer!
DIY String Art Cactus Pillow | DazzleWhileFrazzled.com

DIY String Art Cactus Pillow | DazzleWhileFrazzled.com

How do you decorate for Spring? Let me know in the comments!

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18 thoughts on “DIY Cactus String Art Pillow

  1. debbie says:

    I would have a difficult time adjusting to the southwest myself but the fabric is adorable. I have never tried string art before and with little buttons, no less! So cute

  2. Leslie says:

    What a fun project! I’ve been wanting to try string art for so long, but just haven’t taken the time to try. Now I have a new, fun string art option to consider! Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

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