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DIY Cactus stool

diy cactus stool

Do you want to sit on a cactus??? NO? You may change your mind after this funny DIY! Some make mushrooms seat…but it’s been more than 7 years that I’m living in the middle of the Mexican desert so I made a cactus stool!

Don’t you think it’s a funny stool to make for kiddos? I love how it turns out. So If you want to make one, just follow the instructions below.

How to make a DIY Cactus stool

The materials you will need to make your stool:

  •  Green fabric
  • A big plastic planter
  • Cushion foam
  • A sewing machine,
  • Felt to make the flowers
  • Embroidery thread

sewing cactus pouf

You need to make a BIG cushion how will fit into the planter. I used a plastic planter which dimensions are 13′ high and 15′ diameter. You cut six pieces of fabric with a leaf shape. I cut the fabric edges with zigzag scissors and, if your fabric doesn’t fray you can I leave the edges as it.

If you work with a fabric that fray easily, serger or make zigzag stitches around all the edges.


cactus pouf dimension

Here are de dimensions I used to cut the fabric pieces, dimensions are calculated to fit into the 15’/13′ planter. You can get a smaller planter size if you want to make a kid stool, but you will have to reduce the leaf shape size. Cut six identical pieces.

sew cactus cushion

Sew the leaf pieces together, one edge with another to make a big cushion. The seams are apparent and will help to build the cactus shape.

cactus pillow cover

Sew the last seam until the middle and leave the top part open.

filling cactus stool

Put the empty pillow cover into the planter, the no-sew part on top. Start filling with the cushion foam. As I did for the Tassel pouf, I used scrap fabric to fill the bottom part of the Cactus. It’s cheaper and heavier than the foam. Put enough foam so no-one stay stuck in the planter when seated on it!

making cactus pouf

Close the opening with a few hand stitches. Make some felt flowers and sew them on it. I made the petals with pink felt and added yellow embroidery thread to make the flower center. Then I sewed the flowers with the cactus.

make cactus stool

That’s is! Easy and fun! Now you can sit on your cactus!
If you came here looking for a stool tutorial and want some more inspiration, you can read how I made a stool with a paint bucket!

sitting on cactus pouf

Looking for more sewing ideas?

You will find all the tutorials featured in this video on my Best off-page.

diy cactus stool


siy cactus felt flowers

I forgot to take pictures of how I made the cactus flowers, sorry! Cut 3 felt circles, one big, one medium and one small. Cut a star shape in each circle. Place them on top of each other and sew the center with embroidery thread. Knot the threads together to make the flower center. Stich the flowers on the cactus.

cactus pouf diy

Have fun crafting!



Saturday 18th of July 2015

Loving cacti at the moment and love this idea of a stool.

Ama Ryllis

Saturday 18th of July 2015

Thanks Claire! Let me know if you decide to make it!


Saturday 20th of June 2015

C'est excellent ! Personne n'osera s'asseoir dessus sans permission ;-)


Monday 15th of June 2015

I love the idea! Nice, thanks for sharing.