A Cactus Grows in Brooklyn

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What do you get for your sister and brother in law who have the reputation of killing plants but desperately want a green thumb?  A build-your-own-impossible-to-kill-cactus-kit of course!  And what do you do when you don't know where to get such a thing?  You make one of course!

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I think the best craft projects start with the thought "this is so crazy it just might work!"  So I found a pot, painted some triangles on it, drew out some cactus designs, traced them onto some scrap plywood, cut them out with the bandsaw, sanded, painted, varnished... and my crazy idea became a tangible object!

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My favorite part about it?  You can make it any way you want, with how ever many pieces you want!  If you don't want to use all the pieces, you can store them in the pot under the "dirt!"

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You could even put it together slowly to simulate real growth!  Want to see the cactus grow?

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I have a few kinks to work out for the next set...  I didn't allow quite enough room in the slits for my obsessive painting (four coats) and varnishing (two coats).  Some pieces were quite tight which took a little of the paint off.  Oh well, not too bad for a prototype I suppose!

As for the cactus, it is happily thriving in the window of their Brooklyn apartment and I've heard it's been rebuilt several times!

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  1. What a great idea. It would be perfect for my Mom - she kills every plant I give her - and then of course, she feels awful about it. :)

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    1. Thanks Debi! Yeah, a couple of years ago I was given a snapdragon as a gift, and when it didn't make it I was so sad!!
      Hope you're having a great week!
      Kate :}

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  2. wow that is great my nephew and daughter would love these,i know i do,and you can't kill them!!! and how fun you can re grow and shape it!!

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    1. Thanks!! I think I'm going to try to perfect these so I can sell them! I don't know as if a real clay pot would be kid friendly... We'll see!
      Kate :}

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  3. Build your own plant! Maybe you've started a new trend? How about table-top Christmas trees for Christmas decorations? That could be fun!

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  4. That's clever Kate! You know, it reminds me of a reindeer I still have that someone made for me years ago...it's made of wood pieces and you put it together like that. The cactus looks great!

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  5. this is amazing Kate!!!! Such a clever idea/gift!!!!!
    xxxxx Ale

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  6. You never cease to amaze me, Kate. Peggy

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  7. I love it Kate!!! What a brilliant idea - you're so full of them!!! :-)
    It reminds me of a toy we had in my first ever class at school, when I was 4 - it had brightly-coloured see-through pieces that you could slot together. I LOVED that toy (and used to get into trouble for not wanting to share the pieces)! :-)
    Carly
    x

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  8. perfect. love your wooden creations.

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