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Paper Bag Cactus Craft For Kids [Free Template]

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Looking to celebrate more and teach kids about different cultures and climates?

If so, gather the kids around and learn all about why people with Mexican heritage celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

Once you’ve done that, make this fun paper bag cactus craft with the kids. It’s a great mixture of arts and crafts and is simple to make.

Choose any accent color you want for the flowers and end up with a colorful set of paper bag puppets!

Be sure to watch our quick video tutorial to see exactly how to make this craft and then download the free printable template.

Cactus Puppet Craft

paper bag cactus craft image collage with the words cinco de mayo kids' craft in the middle

Supplies

  • Brown paper bag
  • Colored cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Dark green marker
  • Cactus template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you)

Directions

Download the cactus template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.

hand holding paper bag cactus template

Glue the cactus top to the flap of the brown paper bag, then glue the body on the main portion of the bag.

hand gluing head to paper bag cactus craft
hand gluing body to paper bag cactus craft

Use the green marker to draw the lines and spines of the cactus on the head and body.

hands drawing on paper bag cactus craft

Position the eyes towards the top of the cactus head and glue them in place.

hand gluing eyes to paper bag cactus craft

Glue either the mustache or the assembled mouth right below the eyes.

hand gluing mustache to paper bag cactus craft

Glue the big flower to the top, middle of the cactus head.

hand gluing flower to paper bag cactus head

Draw the lines and spines on the arms of the cactus, then glue the smaller flowers on the top of each arm.

hand gluing flower to paper bag cactus head

Place the arms, one on each side, in the middle of the paper bag (not the back) and glue in place.

hand gluing arms to paper bag cactus craft

Now you’re done and have a cute Cinco de Mayo craft!

paper bag cactus craft

More Cinco De Mayo Ideas

Whenever we introduce a new theme or holiday to the kids, we always like to start with reading books! Below are some of the top rated Cinco de Mayo books.

Living In Mexico is a great book to read to little kids. It follows a child in Mexico and talks about culture, geography, and more!

Off We Go To Mexico takes kids on some of the fun adventures they’ll have in Mexico, plus it teaches Spanish words and phrases!

Chicano Jr.’s Mexican Adventure is another children’s book that dives into the cultures and adventure of a child born in the US, but with Mexican heritage!

two paper bag cactus crafts

This beach themed sensory bin is based upon the beaches of Mexico. Help your child bring a portion of Mexico right to your home!

For a simple but fun activity, print out this Cinco de Mayo treasure hunt and see how many items you can find.

hand holding paper bag cactus craft

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Paper Bag Cactus Craft For Kids

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

This paper bag cactus is a fun craft to make when learning about the dessert or for Cinco de Mayo!

Materials

  • Brown paper bag
  • Colored cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Dark green marker
  • Cactus template

Instructions

  1. Download the cactus template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
  2. Glue the cactus top to the flap of the brown paper bag, then glue the body on the main portion of the bag.
  3. Use the green marker to draw the lines and spines of the cactus on the head and body.
  4. Position the eyes towards the top of the cactus head and glue them in place.
  5. Glue either the mustache or the assembled mouth right below the eyes.
  6. Glue the big flower to the top, middle of the cactus head.
  7. Draw the lines and spines on the arms of the cactus, then glue the smaller flowers on the top of each arm.
  8. Place the arms, one on each side, in the middle of the paper bag (not the back) and glue in place.

Free Cactus Template

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