DIY Cotton Boll Stems

by katie

I’ve been really into the farmhouse look and trying to incorporate some of it into my existing decor, but HOLY COW! Almost everything seems really overpriced! I was just looking at an old rustic scale on Amazon the other day and couldn’t believe that someone would actually pay $250 for it! Just like the scale, I couldn’t believe anyone would spend so much money on branches either.

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I recently searched for cotton boll branches to decorate my milk jug for Fall and my jaw dropped when I saw some of the prices. Amazon was asking for $30 a branch and I was totally not hearing that. I checked Hobby Lobby and their price was a lot less startling at only $10, but I wanted a few and couldn’t see spending $30 to decorate for only a few months.

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Off to Pinterest I went to find a decent deal (because, ya know, Pinterest is by far the best search engine I use right now) and I found a DIY!! I was amazed! Oh, and guess what?! Because I had everything already at my disposal, I made these branches for zip…nada…zilch! Woo-hoo!

Of course, if you don’t have some of the items to make these, it won’t be free to make, but spending a dollar here and a dollar there is so much cheaper than buying them already made.

What tutorial did I use? I used the tutorial from the Craftberry Bush.

The lovely Lucy at created pretty (and realistic) cotton boll stems using simple supplies from around the home. All you’ll need are a few cotton balls, an egg carton, brown watercolor paint, a hot glue gun and some branches from your yard or local park. Check out her awesome tutorial HERE.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out Twelve On Main!

You can also check out Sara’s tutorial from where she uses pine cones instead of an egg carton. They’re beautiful, too, I just didn’t have any pine cones laying around.

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Lattitude Blog September 5, 2016 - 11:11 am

Very inspiring!

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Kate Auclair September 9, 2016 - 9:58 pm

Thanks! I'll be by soon!

monica hein September 5, 2016 - 3:18 pm

its so pretty!

Kate Auclair September 9, 2016 - 10:00 pm

Thank you, Monica!

Edye Nicole September 5, 2016 - 4:50 pm

Great DIY! So pretty :]

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Kate Auclair September 9, 2016 - 10:04 pm

Thank you!

Erlene - My Pinterventures September 5, 2016 - 5:28 pm

I can't believe how much these things cost! It was a great idea to DIY and even better that it cost zero dollars!

Kate Auclair September 9, 2016 - 10:07 pm

That's the best part!

Emily Leonard September 5, 2016 - 8:56 pm

This is such a great idea! I have always wondered how someone could pay such an extravagant amount of money for something so simple, and createable.

Kate Auclair September 9, 2016 - 10:08 pm

Exactly, Emily! Thanks for commenting!

The Quiet Grove September 6, 2016 - 4:56 am

These are soo cute and perfect for Fall decorations!

Kate Auclair September 9, 2016 - 10:09 pm

Thank you!

Audra @ Renewed Projects September 10, 2016 - 3:09 pm

I'm with you on the outrageous prices! I also made my own cotton ball stems and recently added them to a wreath. So.much.better than paying out the nose for them. And simple enough to do while watching tv. Love your arrangement!

Pili Gomez September 11, 2016 - 2:00 pm

I love cotton stems but I don't like the price they have at stores either. I've been wanting to make some DIY version and now I see yours so pretty I think I can't wait longer!
Thanks for sharing the how to at Two Uses Tuesday, this is my pick for next week party! Congratulations!

Sam - Raggedy Bits September 12, 2016 - 5:20 am

These Cotton Stems turned out fabulous! What a great simple project! I will be sure to give these a try! Thank you for sharing 🙂

Swathi Iyer September 13, 2016 - 3:03 pm

Very nice thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning.

Stephanie Robinson September 13, 2016 - 9:42 pm

They look great – and as well as saving money, the satisfaction of making your own wins every time! Thanks for linking to #PoCoLo


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