Cactus

Good afternoon. Today I want to offer you to make an ever-blooming cactus with your own hands from salt dough and scrap materials.
For this we need:
- Flour.
- Water.
- Salt.
- Dyes or gouache (brown, red, black, green).
- A pot.
- A glass of yogurt.
- Rolling pin.
- The tablet.
- Knife or stack.
- Brush.
- Toothpicks.
First you need to knead the dough. There are a lot of recipes for salt dough, I took the simplest one. 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt (fine) and ¾ cup cold water. Based on this calculation, knead the dough. It should be thick, like on dumplings. Take salt, fill with water, add the dye of the desired color. Mix everything, add flour and knead the dough. You can add a little vegetable oil to the dough. I immediately kneaded the dough brown, red, green, black, white and put it in the fridge for 3 hours.
you need to knead the dough

After the dough is ready, take the brown dough and roll it to a thickness of 0.5 centimeters.
roll out the dough

Take a pot and wrap it in dough. Fold the top inwards. The bottom also need to stick around the dough.
wrap the pot dough

wrap the pot dough

wrap the pot dough

Now we take the dough of red color and roll it out. Using a knife or stacks cut 5 petals. It will be a flower. We take a brush, slightly weat it with water, and we grease one side of a petal, we press it to a pot. We do the same with the other leaves. We roll a ball of white dough and press it to the center of the flower.
we take a dough of red color

From the green dough we will roll out two bundles and make twigs to our flower.
make branches to our flower

Again, take the dough green, roll out and cut out 4 leaves. We press them to the twigs.
Pot ready

The pot is ready. Now let's do a cactus. Roll out the green dough and wrap a glass of yogurt. The principle of operation is the same as with the pot.
Making a cactus

Now you need to make small protrusions, from which we will later have to "grow" needles. Making them is very simple. Pinch the dough from top to bottom with your fingers. As a result, we should have a vertical relief. It is not necessary to make it straight, you can lightly make it in a spiral. We make protrusions through the same distance throughout the cactus.
Making a cactus

We put a cactus in a pot. At me the cactus ideally has entered into a pot. If you have a pot that turned out to be much larger than a cactus, then simply stick the dough that is left in it, and boldly plant your plant in a pot.
We put a cactus in a pot

From the black dough we roll the flagellum and close the distance between the cactus and the pot.Thus imitating the earth.
Imitating thus the earth

Take a toothpick and use a knife or scissors to cut each of them into small pieces. Then paint the sticks in green. These will be needles for a cactus.
sticks in green

While the toothpicks are left aside and make a flower. Roll out the dough red. Cut out 12 petals from it and glue them in three rows with water and a brush to the top of the cactus. First glue 5 petals, 4 petals on top, and then 3 petals.
glue the red petals

Now roll out the harness of white dough. Fingers make it a strip and cut into the fringe. We turn it into a tubule and fasten it in the middle of the flower. At the same time it should be slightly smeared with water and slightly pressed into the middle of the flower.
roll harness

fastened in the middle of the flower

As soon as the paint dries on the needles, we stick them into the reliefs we have made.
Cactus from salted dough

The cactus is almost ready. We leave it to dry for 2 or 3 days, and then we coat our craft with a colorless varnish.
Cactus

A handmade cactus will look beautiful on any windowsill. Bye.

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