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How to Draw a Cactus

Now you will learn how to draw a cactus. This guide is simple and in the process, you will not have any difficulties.

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

Time needed: 20 minutes

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.

How to Draw a Cactus for Kindergarten

Cacti come in many different types. In this lesson for kindergarten, you will learn how to draw this unusual and cool plant. It won’t be difficult at all.

First, you need to draw a small pot, then the cactus itself. The shape of the cactus can be arbitrary. In the figure, the cactus has a main round trunk and a small branch on the side. At the end of the drawing, add thorns and color the cactus.

how to draw a cactus step by step

How to Draw a Cactus Step by Step

In the picture you see a cactus that has a main stem and two branches on the sides. Freehand lines are allowed in this tutorial, and the shape of the branches may differ slightly from my example.

The main thing is to remember the steps in sequence so that you can easily draw such a cactus if necessary. So, get all your art supplies ready and get started with this fun tutorial.

how to draw a cactus step by step

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