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How to Draw a Cactus

How to Draw a Cactus for Kids and Beginners

How to draw a cactus
How to draw a cactus step by step

As you can see, in this tutorial I will be showing you how to draw a cactus in a vase. If you want to depict this plant in the desert, then simply remove the vase and depict some sand under the cactus.

This instruction will be useful for young artists in that it will teach them how to create smooth and flowing lines, as well as create contours using solid and continuous lines.

So, if you are ready, and your art supplies are already in front of you, then scroll down the page, and start creating!


  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Eraser
  • Coloring supplies

How to Draw a Cactus

  1. Draw the outlines of the cactus.

    Using smooth lines, carefully create the outlines of the cactus as in my example.
    cactus drawing tutorial

  2. Draw the vase under the cactus.

    As you can see, in my example, the vase looks like a simple trapezoidal geometric shape.
    How to draw a cactus for kids

  3. Draw the thorns of the cactus.

    Use short, pointed lines to create the thorns of the cactus. Arrange them in random order.
    How to draw a cactus for beginners

  4. Color the cactus.

    Use green to color the cactus. The vase can be either brown, as in my example, or any other color.
    How to draw a cactus

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Don’t forget to download the PDF version of this tutorial. There you will find the steps presented above, as well as some interesting and useful additions, including a coloring page, tracing worksheet, and grid drawing worksheet.

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