Move over succulents, there’s a new trendy plant in town—the cactus. And although you could pick one up just about anywhere (even most grocery stores carry a version of the plant!), it's way more fun to make a faux cactus that’s perfect for Easter, or any spring celebration.

All you need is a mini terracotta pot, some sand, a hard-boiled egg, and a green marker to make this clever DIY from our friends at Real Simple. Pink crepe paper is optional, but we couldn't resist the pretty topper.

To extend the shelf life of this little DIY project (because who wouldn’t want to keep this on their desk or window sill forever?!), use a pin to poke two holes—one on the top and one on the bottom—in an uncooked egg. Then, put your mouth to the top hole and blow the contents of the egg into a small dish, the garbage, or the sink. (Bonus points for no waste and cooking the egg!) Once the egg is emptied, rinse it through warm water to ensure any excess comes out, then let dry. Continue with the craft as instructed below.

You'll need:

  • Vinegar
  • Warm water
  • Green food coloring
  • Hard-boiled egg
  • Mini terracotta pot
  • Masking tape
  • Sand
  • Green marker
  • Pink crepe paper or tissue (optional)

Create the dye bath: Pour 1 cup hot water and 1 tablespoon white vinegar in a wide cup or small bowl. Stir in 20 drops of green food coloring.

Soak egg to desired hue, remove and pat dry with paper towel.

Use a fine-tipped dark green permanent marker to draw spikes or lines.

Cover the hole at the bottom of the terracotta pot with masking tape. Fill with sand and nestle egg inside.

Optional: Cut flower from crepe paper and attach to the top with a glue dot.

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