Simple Cacti Embroidery Box

INSIDE : Learn how to create a simple Box Cactus on a gorgeous small Embroidery Box with a few simple stitches.

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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What supplies do I need to make a Box Cactus embroidery box?

Wooden Embroidery Box 
Embroidery Thread or Yarn
Embroidery Hand Needles
Peacock Embroidery Scissors
Paint in similar colors of thread

Simple Cacti Embroidery Box supplies

How to make an embroidery Cactus box?

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.

How to do a simple embroidery back stitch?

I mostly used a simple Back Stitch for the outlines of each shape.  To make a back stitch you make a single straight stitch forward.  It can be as long or short as you want. When you come back up a space ahead, you then put your needle back down into the same hole at the end of the last stitch you made.

So, you are bringing your stitch back to the end of the last one. It’s a bit like one step forward, two steps back if that helps you visualize it.

How to do a Satin embroidery stitch?

And then to fill in the spaces, I used a Satin stitch.  To make a basic satin stitch, bring the needle up through the wood (or fabric in most cases) at your starting point.  Put the needle again across from your original spot, on the opposite side of the shape you are filling. Bring the needle up on the side of the shape where you started and go back down on the opposite side.

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.

How to do a French Knot embroidery stitch?

I found this tutorial very helpful in learning to make a french knot.  I think it’s SO LOVELY of a detail and now it’s my favorite kind of embroidery stitch to make.

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!

I have done so many fun painted and patterned boxes over the years!  
Here are a few of my favorite ones.

Floral Painted Wooden Box | Cacti Embroidered Box | Marbled Box | Button Box
Geometric Thread Box | Memory Box | Onesie Shadow Box | Floral Painted Box



    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Thanks so much!

  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. delineateyourdwelling says:

      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. delineateyourdwelling says:

          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.

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Thanks so much!! 😉

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      What a complement coming from you! Thank you Lindsay.

  2. How pretty! Drawing it out first is a great idea too, especially for someone like me.

    Thanks so much for linking up with #ShareTheWealthSunday!


  3. 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??

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Ah, thanks so much Alexandra!! I’ll be sure to stop by and link up.

        1. delineateyourdwelling says:

          Thank you for the feature, Alexandra!

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Thanks, Tania! I appreciate your sweet comments.

  4. 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

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Thanks, Bonnie! Just linked up.

    1. delineateyourdwelling says:

      Aw, thanks so much Rachel!

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