How to Make Faux Cotton Stems
Create your own farmhouse-chic decor for less than $2 with materials you already have on-hand.
Cotton stems are pretty, neutral and stylish — the perfect, versatile decor for any space. Instead of buying the real deal, go faux, and enjoy them year-round. You’ll love this simple, budget-friendly DIY.
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This bouquet of cotton stems cost around $2 to make and looks just like the real thing.
- cotton balls
- 1 pinecone
- beige face powder with makeup brush
- hot glue gun and glue
- garden shears
Count Out Materials
First, judge how many cotton balls to prepare based on how many cotton stems you’d like to have. Be sure to inspect your sticks, noting the total number of branch ends. Each branch end will need its own cotton ball.
Reshape Cotton Balls
Working with one cotton ball at a time, gently pull the cotton to make each ball looser and larger. After loosening them, shape them back into balls like you would with cookie dough.
Powder Cotton Balls
Apply a light dusting of powder to each shaped cotton ball with a makeup brush, and set them aside.
Clip Pinecone Scales
Bend back the individual scales of a pinecone, and use garden shears to cut the scales off. Each cotton ball will require three scales, so cut accordingly. Set scales aside.
Glue Cotton Balls and Scales Into Place
Select your first stick, and apply a glob of hot glue to one of its ends. Secure a cotton ball to the end of the stick by applying pressure. Using more hot glue, attach three pinecone scales to the base of the cotton ball, where it meets the stick. Repeat the gluing process until you’ve attached all the cotton balls to branch ends.
Place in a jar or vase, and display your finished product.