Yarn Cactus Art

Check out this gorgeous metallic yarn from Premier Yarns Spangle collection. It’s so pretty! I used it to create some fun yarn cactus art.

When I was invited to do a project for Premier Yarns, I was excited because their yarns are SO beautiful – but I was freaked out because I don’t know what to do with yarn at all! I don’t crochet or knit. (My 13-year-old does, but I can’t seem to learn how. Go figure.) You know what, though – yarn is such a great medium for creating fun and funky art pieces. From pom-pom garlands to dream catchers to doll hair! I decided to make some yarn cactus art for my daughter’s room. Cactus-inspired accessories are so hot right now! This was really fun and actually pretty relaxing to do. My daughter loved it, so I wanted to show you what I did.

I started with a simple 12 x 12 canvas panel, which I painted with acrylic craft paint. I just picked three colors I thought would look nice in her room and sort of blended them into one another. Then I got my yarn colors together and a little tacky glue and got busy. 


I did a light sketch in pencil of what I wanted my cactus to look like. I decided to draw a prickly pear. I worked in one small section at a time, cutting about 12″ to 18″ lengths of yarn and winding them carefully onto glued section of the canvas board. At first it was looking SUPER abstract and I was worried nobody would know it was a cactus. Fortunately, it all came together, and it was fun to see it develop into what I envisioned. I tried to put in lots of swirls and loops and spirals to make it look as interesting as possible! 

After my cactus was complete, I added spines to it made from glass seed beads, and blooming “flowers” made from simple pom poms. My daughter actually made the pom poms herself, wrapping the yarn around a fork and then tying it in the middle and snipping the loops. Pretty fun.

Here it is in my daughter’s room. 

I hope this inspires you to try something new! I had no idea what I was doing, but decided to just sort of go for it. You can save 10% on your order from Premier Yarns using coupon code LN001

Here’s a link to another fantastic maker project using Premier Yarns, by the talented Melanie East of It Happens in a Blink.

Don’t miss the next Midge and Madge Mingle, on Monday, April 3rd – the crafty duo will be showing you more ways to use Premier Yarns on Facebook Live at Midge and Madge Mingle!

This post was sponsored by Premier Yarns. Experiences are my own. This post may contain affiliate links.


  1. Donna says:

    I love your cactus! So awesome!

  2. this is sooooo cool! I’m diggin it! x

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