Cactus Decor or Faux Cactus Made from Deck Post Caps

Cactus Decor or Faux Cactus Made from Deck Post Caps

On my recent Junkin’ Journey trip to Charlotte, NC, I swung by a Habitat Restore and spotted a bin filled with deck post caps. You know, those wooden ball tops that go atop deck or fence posts? I studied them for a bit as I mulled an idea around in my head. Could I upcycle them into cactus decor or faux cactus plants?

Deck post caps or ball tops for deck posts at Habitat ReStore to be upcycled and repurposed by Sadie Seasongoods /

You might be wondering *why* I needed to make some fake cactus and the answer is simple. I was still wrapping up my Thrift the Look: Boho Decor post at the time, and was in desperate need for some artificial plants.

How to get the modern bohemian look for gypsy decor and boho decor at the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods /

Did you notice a couple of strange looking cacti in this photo?

Specifically, I needed some faux cactus…and those deck post caps sparked an idea to life in my mind. Since the wooden ball tops were cheap, it was worth the DIY risk. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Ball tops, wood finials, or deck post caps for upcycling ideas and repurposing craft projects by Sadie Seasongoods /

Making Faux Cactus / Fake Cactus from Deck Post Caps

The first step in my upcycling experiment was to paint the caps. I didn’t want to be able to see wood grain through my cactus green paint, so I needed to start with primer. LOTS and lots of primer. I made make-shift stands by scoring the tops of small cardboard boxes, sticking the bolt end through the score, and began to primer the deck post caps.

Note- I should have sanded these down first. But I was short on time with non-rainy weather, so I simply had to start adding primer right away.

Spray painting primer on deck post caps or ball tops for upcycling into fake plants or faux cactus by Sadie Seasongoods /

Many coats later (it dries fast), I began to paint them with regular old latex paint. I ended up using two different greens – one more Kelly green, and one more olive green.

Once the faux cactus were sufficiently green, I needed to add “spines”. I used fine and very fine tip paint pens to add little spike marks all over the fake cactus. I have next to zero talent when it comes to free hand drawing, but I was satisfied enough!

Cactus decor or fake plants made by upcycling deck post caps or ball tops from Habitat ReStore by Sadie Seasongoods /

To pot my faux cactus, I stuck the bolts through floral foam, placed them in terracotta flower pots, and used hot glue to set the foam inside the pots. I filled in the gaps with shredded paper from our shredder before topping them with dried beans. Sure, I could have used rocks/pebbles, but dried beans are a lot cheaper and I already had them in my pantry!

Using pinto beans as vase filler or succulent pot topper for faux cactus or cactus decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

And look at them now – I have little fake cactus / artificial plants. But you know what? They needed something else…something to really make them pop.

How to make a fake cactus or faux cactus by repurposing pressure treated wood deck post caps by Sadie Seasongoods /

Bright cactus flowers! That’s exactly what they needed.

I still had the artificial flowers I had used in my terracotta spray paint project, so I harvested some of the blossoms to use on my cactus decor. Then, I simply attached them to the top of each faux cactus with my hot glue gun.

Adding cactus flowers to fake cactus made by upcycling ball tops or deck post caps from Habitat ReStore by Sadie Seasongoods /

Cactus Decor / Fake Cactus for Boho Decor

There…isn’t that the cherry on top? Well, not literally, but you know what I mean!

Gluing flowers to cactus decor or faux cactus to use in boho home decor or bohemian decor by Sadie Seasongoods /

Perfect little fake cactus / faux cactus plants to use in my Boho decor blog post! Would you ever have guessed that they were made by upcycling deck post caps?

How to make fake cactus or artificial plans from pressurized wood deck post caps or ball tops and wood finials by Sadie Seasongoods /

I *know* they don’t truly replace the real thing, but they’re awfully cute and a cinch to maintain. Real cactus plants are a no-go in our house with such a curious cat as Cottonball…so fake cactus is the only way to go!

Cactus decor made from deck post caps or wood finials that have been upcycled into faux cactus by Sadie Seasongoods /

Don’t be surprised if you see these pop up in my photos from time to time!

Interested in even more upcycling ideas and repurposing projects? Please feel free to check out my full collection here before you go!

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  1. Cute, cute, cute!! You are so creative. How do you think of this stuff? I would have stood in front of the bins of post caps and said “Well, don’t need these” and moved on. The little flowers on the top of the cacti really made it look good. Thanks for your great ideas!! kg.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thanks, Kathy! I wish I had a good answer for you…the best I can do is say that I have a kooky mind, LOL! 🙂

  2. Sheryl Danner says

    Brilliant! I’ll never again look at a fence post cap in the same way👍

  3. I saw them in your boho post but didn’t SEE them individually for how creative and adorable they truly are! Only you would see cacti in a pile of fence post caps, Sarah 🙂 You hit the fence post motherlode!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      I stood and stared at that damn bin, wheels turning, for a while!! I was going to buy some no matter what, LOL.

  4. Love them! What a great idea! Thank you, so much, for taking the time to show us step by step, how you made them.

  5. When you mentioned Cottonball, I had to smile. The late (and lamented) Fluffernutter used to jump from the toilet seat to the bathroom greenhouse window, tip over the bunny-eared cactus, probably get mad caz he got thorned, then pee in the dirt. NOT a good scenario; learned to keep the cafe curtains closed and windowsill barricaded! Those are the tiny fuzzy “thorns” that I can only get out 3 days later after they have festered (WHY do I keep that plant? Oh, yeah, it’s one of the few that I haven’t killed.). I like your faux cactus a lot. I thought the flowers were made of ribbon till you showed a closeup. No thorns, always in bloom, no care–win, win, win! I would use Dollar Tree gravel; I have had mice (with 2 cats!) find food that I have used in craft projects–another not good scenario!

  6. Gilmer Gal says

    I love these! Can’t wait to make some. Thanks for posting!!!

  7. Cute cute cute! Breaking my heart….99 cents each…..OMG

  8. These are the most adorable things I’ve ever seen, I must make some… and it’s not like I need more fake cactus plants!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Hahaha!!! I definitely want to find more, or smaller finials to make a few daintier versions! #addictive

  9. You always have such clever ideas, this is especially cute. I did notice them in your Boho posting the other day, had NO idea what you used for the project. A+ creativity!

  10. I can’t even stand how cute those are! Great creative idea!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you, Kristie!!! I really appreciate that since it might be one of my craziest ideas yet! LOL

  11. These are awesome, Sarah! Perfect for your Boho look!

  12. This is such a cool and clever upcycle. Your cacti are adorable.

  13. Brilliant!


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