Funny Cactus Coloring Bookmark to Print and Color

Love cacti? Need a bit of humor? Don’t like hugging? All of the above? This “Free Hugs” Cactus Coloring Bookmark is for you. Perfect for when you’re feeling “prickly” and need some alone time to craft and read.

Watercolored and uncolored diy cactus bookmarks on green background.

Download this Cactus Coloring Bookmark, embellish, and start reading a brand new book! Plus, check out more Printable Coloring Bookmarks for other holidays and occasions.

Printing Your Cactus Coloring Bookmark

Prints will look best using a bright white card stock or premium heavyweight matte paper.  Using watercolor pencils and a waterbrush doesn’t use nearly as much water as watercolor painting, so you don’t really need watercolor paper for this technique.

Of course watercolor paper is wonderfully textured and can be run through your printer. So if you like the look, go for it!

Make sure to match your print settings to the type of paper you choose for the best results. Use “high” or “best” print quality to get a clear, dark, black image.

cactus bookmark and colored pencils on green background

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How to Watercolor a Cactus Coloring Bookmark

Print or save this tutorial to your favorites using the button in the card below, so you always have it handy when you’re ready. Download the coloring bookmarks file at the end of the post.

cactus bookmark and colored pencils on green background

Cactus Coloring Bookmark

Yield: 5+
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: 1
Estimated Cost: under $5

DIY Cactus coloring bookmarks make a cute craft for rainy days or staying indoors. These printable cactus bookmarks are easy for all ages to make and pair well with a book as a gift.



  • Printer
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • Small round paintbrush or waterbrush
  • Stapler


  1. Download and print Cactus bookmarks onto heavy white cardstock. Print as many as you need for personal use. File or finished project may not be sold.

    Printed cactus bookmark sheet and colored pencils on green background
  2. Use paper trimmer or scissors to cut out printed bookmarks along outer lines. I use a 12" guillotine trimmer to get nice straight cuts.

    3 printed cactus pun bookmarks on green background
  3. Color your bookmark using watercolor pencils.

    Coloring cactus bookmark with colored pencils
  4. Use brush and water (or waterbrush) to wet and blend the color for a watercolor look.

    Water blending colored pencils on printable cactus bookmark.
  5. Cut 2.5x6.5" strips from green card stock. Glue each bookmark to a strip of colored cardstock and staple coordinating ribbon to top. Trim ends at an angle to help prevent fraying.

    Finished and plain diy cactus bookmarks with colored pencils on green background.

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Download Printable Cactus Bookmarks

Use the link below to save the Printable Cactus Bookmarks to your device, then print as many as you need for personal use. See full Terms of Use for printables.

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