Cactus drawing

This page contains beautiful drawings of cacti in pots, which are placed one by one on sheets of A4 format. All cacti can be downloaded for free in very good quality. Any of the drawings can be printed on a regular size sheet to be redrawn, cut out and used in creative work.

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All cacti are drawn in the same style, but of different types. Some cacti are in bloom.

Cactuses are fascinating plants that are known for their unique shapes, spines, and resilience. They are a popular subject for art and crafts, and they can be surprisingly easy to draw. If you’re interested in learning how to draw a cactus, this step-by-step guide is a great place to start.

What you’ll need:

  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Paper
  • Colored pencils or markers (optional)


  1. Start with a basic shape. Cactuses come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but many of them can be simplified into basic forms like ovals, circles, and cylinders. For this tutorial, we’ll be drawing a simple cactus that resembles an oval. Use your pencil to lightly sketch an oval shape on your paper.
  2. Add spines. Cactuses are known for their spines, which help them to protect themselves from predators and conserve water. Use your pencil to add short, spiky lines to the surface of your oval shape. Be sure to vary the length and direction of the spines to create a natural look.
  3. Draw arms (optional). Some cactuses have arms, which are smaller stems that grow off of the main body of the plant. If you want to add arms to your cactus, simply draw a few smaller ovals or cylinders extending from the sides of your main oval shape.
  4. Draw a flower (optional). Cactuses produce beautiful flowers, which typically bloom in the spring or summer. If you want to add a flower to your cactus, draw a simple circle or star shape at the top of your cactus. Then, add some petals or other details to the flower.
  5. Refine your lines. Once you’re happy with the overall shape of your cactus, use your pencil to refine your lines. Make sure the lines are smooth and even.
  6. Add color (optional). If you want to add color to your cactus, you can use colored pencils, markers, or even paint. Cactuses come in a variety of colors, so feel free to use your imagination.
  7. Add a background (optional). If you want to add a background to your cactus, you can draw a desert scene or any other setting that you like.


  • Use reference photos to help you draw your cactus. There are many great photos of cactuses available online and in libraries.
  • Start with light pencil strokes and gradually build up the darkness of your lines. This will help you to avoid making mistakes that are difficult to erase.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with different shapes, sizes, and colors. There is no right or wrong way to draw a cactus.

With a little practice, you’ll be able to draw beautiful and realistic cactuses in no time. So grab your pencil and paper and get started!

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.