The adorable cactuar is a classic creature from the Final Fantasy series. With just paint, pipe cleaners, and a toilet paper roll, you and the kids can capture your own cactuars for your bookshelf, desk, or even your Christmas tree.
What You Need
- Toilet paper roll
- 4 green pipe cleaners
- 1 black pipe cleaner
- Black and green washable paint
- Paint brushes
- Craft knife (optional)
- Hot glue
Begin by making four small cuts, about 3/4″ in length, around the top of the toilet paper roll.
Fold the edges in toward the middle to close off the top of the tube. Use the hot glue to hold them in place.
Repeat on the bottom of the toilet paper roll.
Next, paint the entire tube green and let dry.
Mix a small amount of black and green paint. Use the mixed paint and a thin paint brush to make vertical lines around the tube. Let dry.
Next, dip the end of a thick paint brush into the black paint. Use it as a stamp to make the cactuar’s eyes. Paint the small oval mouth just below, and let all paint dry.
Next, use the scissors or a craft knife to poke three small holes at the top of the roll, and two on either side of the body for arms and legs.
Fold the green pipe cleaners in half twice. In three of the folded pipe cleaners, put a 90 degree angle for the arms and one leg. In the other, bend it into a rough “Z” shape for the running leg on the right.
Insert each green pipe cleaner into the arms and legs, bending them as needed for the right shape.
Cut the black pipe cleaner into three small pieces, and insert them in the top of the tube for the cactuar’s spines.
Your cactuar is complete! If you’d like to turn it into a Christmas ornament, attach fishing line by poking one more hole at the top of the tube, or simply hot glue yarn or string.