Introduction: Making a Stainless Steel Cactus

Making a stainless steel cactus is not only fun, it's easy too. This particular cactus is both hearty and very easy to maintain. Using simple materials, you can create this cool addition to your urban landscape.

A simple dusting now and then should suffice to keep the plant looking healthy year round.

Step 1: Parts.

Flower pot, stones, and stainless steel TIG welding rod.

Step 2: Cut.

Put on your safety glasses. Check the mirror and make sure they look good on you.

Cut lengths of the stainless rod using bolt cutters or lineman's pliers. Do not attempt this with scissors or your teeth. You may use artistic judgment in determining the lengths of the plant leaves. Or whatever you call them.

Take the lengths of stainless wire you just cut (approximately 14 or 15 pieces) and bundle them up with wire or duct tape at one end. This will be the end you stick into the rocks. Making sense?

Step 3: Fill.

Fill the pot with stones. Care must be taken during this step not to break the ceramic pot with the stones. Also, some level of skill is involved with making sure they all get into the pot.

Step 4: Clean.

Use a file to de-burr the sharp cuts on the ends of the plant. This just makes it look nicer and not so hacked. They'll still be sharp like a cactus, just clean looking.

Step 5: Admire.

Take a step back and check out your work. Make sure it looks kinda like a cactus-type thing.

Step 6: Place.

Put it somewhere. These plants do well in both direct sunlight as well as indoors.