This year, cacti took over the design world. It wasn’t long before we fell in love with this prickly trend. Unsurprisingly, the projects quickly came rolling out. We’ve made cacti-printed jeans and cactus pillows, and we even dubbed cacti as the new stripes. And with Halloween around the corner, you better believe that we made a cactus costume. This super easy and budget-friendly outfit is perfect for plant- and desert-lovers alike. The only downfall? You probably shouldn’t give out hugs on Halloween. But hey, at least you’ll look real darn cute.

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Materials:
 — green dress

— white pipe cleaners

— headband

— faux flower

Tools:
 — hot glue gun

— scissors

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Instructions:

1. Hot glue the flower to the headband.

2. Cut a pipe cleaner in half.

3. Bend one piece into a “V” shape.

4. Hot glue onto the dress. Repeat steps 2-4 until the dress is covered.

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Don’t think too much about the placement of each pipe cleaner “spike”. Keep it natural and organic by gluing the pipe cleaners without rhyme or reason.

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Bend the pipe cleaners so they are positioned at different angles. Again, there isn’t a wrong or right way to do this. Just have fun with it!

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As for the flower in your hair, opt for one in a vibrant, colorful shade. We used a bright fuchsia, though red, yellow or pink would all look just as great.

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And just like that, your prickly creation will steal the show.

Readers, how would you style your cactus dress? Let us know in the comments below.

(Styled Photos: Anson Cheung)