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Paint-Dipped Cactus Party Favors (Tutorial)

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DIY Cactus Party Favors - Paint Dipped

Have you seen the new colorful chocolate KISSES from Hershey? I had so much fun dreaming up a few ways to *party* with them. This Paint Dipped Cactus Favor might be my absolute favorite, though…

I mean, it has color blocking and sparkly craft poms… and CHOCOLATE! ;)

There are 2 different styles of cacti here – a taller, skinnier version and a shorter, rounder version. Both are easy to make – check out the instructions below.

P.S. Download the matching 8×10 “Fiesta Forever” Favor Sign too!

Free Printable Fiesta Party Sign




  • Hershey’s KISSES in Green Foil
  • 3×5” Clear Treat Bags (for tall cactus)
  • 4×9” Clear Treat Bags (for round cactus)
  • Mini Craft Pom Poms
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Tape
  • Brown tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Printable YAY! Flags
  • Bamboo Skewers

For “Paint Dipped” Pots:

  • 1/8” Painter’s Tape
  • 1/2” Painter’s Tape (or Washi Tape)
  • 2.5” Terra Cotta Pots
  • Craft Paint
  • Paint Brushes



1. Prep the terra cotta pots. For a paint-dipped look like I did here, use painter’s tape to block off the bottom portion of the pot that you want to paint. Apply 2-3 coats of craft paint to each pot and let dry completely, then peel off the tape.


2. To form the tall cactus plants, fill 3×5” clear bags with 20 green Hershey’s KISSES. For the round cactus plants, fill 4×9.25” clear bags with 20 green Hershey’s KISSES.

NOTE: Turn both sizes of bags INSIDE OUT before filling them to help conceal the corners and create a more rounded look.

3. Once the bags are filled and shaped to your liking, twist the excess cellophane to secure the shape and tape them closed. You can also trim the excess cellophane off of the round plants.

4. Flip the candy-filled bags over so that the taped side is down, and place them in the terra cotta pots. The round cactus bags should sit nicely towards the top of the pots. For the taller & skinnier plant, insert a ½ sheet of brown tissue paper into the bottom of the terra cotta pot first, packing it down firmly to create a hidden riser for the cactus.

5. Hot glue mini pom poms onto the cactus plants to make colorful flowers and prickles!

6. For the finishing touch, accent the plants with Printable YAY! Flags hot glued onto bamboo skewers.

Printable Fiesta Party Flags

Make Your Own Cactus Favors

Fiesta Party Favor - Cactus


By |2018-09-07T09:02:15-07:00January 15th, 2017|Favors & Gifts, Free Printables|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. @HWTM_Jenn January 15, 2017 at 11:55 am

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  4. Ash West January 18, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Um. This is easily the cutest thing I have seen today! Thanks for the tutorial!

  5. jenn s. January 27, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Thanks for the sweet comment! So happy you like them. :)

  6. Cindy deRosier January 30, 2017 at 6:58 am

    I’m the Editor of Fun Family Crafts and wanted to let you know that we have featured your awesome cactus project! You can see it here:


    If you have other kid-friendly craft tutorials, we’d love for you to submit them. Thanks for a great project idea!

  7. Lauren June 19, 2018 at 11:01 am

    These are super cute! Any suggestions on where to buy the Hershey kisses or pots? I was trying to find a place that sells those items for a good price. Also, how much would you purchase for the Hershey kisses? 4 lbs for 25-30 people?

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