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.

Materials Needed:

  • cotton balls
  • 1 pinecone
  • beige face powder with makeup brush
  • sticks
  • 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.

Display

Place in a jar or vase, and display your finished product.  

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