Simple Cacti Embroidery Box

A few weeks ago I shared this project at Simple As That‘s blog.  Today I am sharing a how to create a Simple Cacti Embroidery Box with you all!  I actually shared that I learned how to do embroidery stitches as I went, so hopefully even if you don’t know any of these techniques, you will believe me… it’s so easy!

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*Wooden Embroidery Box (I found mine at Target)
Embroidery Thread or Yarn
*Embroidery Hand Needles
*Peacock Embroidery Scissors
Paint in similar colors of thread

Simple Cacti Embroidery Box supplies
Before starting this project, I quickly drew out on the inside cover of the Embroidery box what my design would be.  This helped me keep track of where my next stitch would be.  (I highlighted in color for you all to see the design a little better.)

Cacti Embroidery Box design

I also painted the basic colors on the front of the cover.  However, if you use yarn for this project, instead of thread, it will fill in the space a bit better and this step is unnecessary.

I mostly used a simple Back Stitch for the outlines of each shape and then to fill in the spaces, I used a Satin stitch.

Simple Cacti Embroidery Box sew
The last little detail for my Embroidery Box was to add a few orange flowers to the cacti.

Simple Embroidery Box
I did another simple Back Stitch in a light orange for the main flower and for the center I used a French Knot.

Simple Cacti Embroidery Box sewing
Once the embroidery cacti was completed, I painted the bottom portion of my box with white acrylic paint.

Simple Cacti Box
I love how this easy project turned out and already have my box put to good use in my office area!

Simple Cacti Embroidery Box2
I hope this has inspired you to dig out your embroidery thread and get started on a fun project!

23 thoughts on “Simple Cacti Embroidery Box

  1. This is such a great idea! I’m doing a palm tree for my daughter. Did you use two full strands of embroidery thread? I guess that would be 12 strands?

    1. Thanks so much! Goodness, no… I used just a little bit of each of the color threads I got.

      1. I didn’t mean the whole skein…I meant the floss is generally six strands and I just zoomed in and it looks like you used two pieces threaded for your stitches. Thanks! 😊

        1. Hee hee, you clearly know much more than me! 😉 I think I did actually two pieces of thread because I wanted a thicker and more full looking stitch. Thanks for checking.

  2. This is so clever and beautiful! I especially like that you painted the bottom of the box white – I think it really just finishes the piece off! Why are cacti so awesome??

  3. This is very interesting. I have never seen an embroidery box before. I would love for you to link up your embroidery project at the Stitch It, Blog It, Share It Link Party going on now at

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