so there are some of us that really adore the succulent craze and would love to jump onboard... however, there might be a bit of stress over not wanting to kill something so beautiful! (honestly, succulents are super easy, don't worry!) here's a really easy alternative that anyone can whip up quickly: crocheted cacti! :)
all you need is some mid weight (not too chunky, not thin!) green yarn, the correct hook, a yarn needle, and stuffing! if you would like to add a flower, use some yarn or embroidery floss in the color that you would like and the correct hook (in the case of embroidery floss, go with a tiny hook that is still big enough to see). you might also want a cute little pot to keep your cactus in!
chain stitch the length that you would like your cactus to be tall. add a little bit to compensate for the drawn in top.
now just crochet through the back loop only until your rectangle is the appropriate width. i like to hold the long ends together and slide it into my pot to see if it fits nice and snuggly (as that made no sense, place it into the pot like in the photos).
when you feel that it will be the correct size, feed the long piece of yarn through the loop and pull it tight. nice rectangle, huh?
next we're going to make it into a cylinder. with your long piece of yarn and a yarn needle, weave it in and out along the top of your rectangle (not the side you chain stitched and crocheted; along the top instead). use large stitches and when you reach the end, pull it really tight so that the top is all gathered together.
i hope you still have yarn to your long piece! hold the gaping side together (this part is the row you chained and your last row) and sew it up. stuff your cactus, give it a home, and never water it ever!
i used this pattern for the flower. it looks complicated, but if you just follow every step it is foolproof.
please comment any questions if anything is unclear! happy cacti making!