Cotton Bolls Wreaths and stems are super popular for decorating right now. They also be pricey (at least to this DIY’er). I couldn’t bring myself to pay $60+ for a wreath, so I made my own for under $10 and I’m going to teach you how to make a faux cotton boll wreath too.
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Cotton balls – ( try to get the large ones, I bought the small ones and had to glue two together for each boll)
12″ Foam Wreath (I got mine at the dollar store)
Burlap Ribbon– this is what I used to wrap the wreath and provide a good base to glue the cotton bolls to
A pair of Cutting Pliers -this tool is one of my crafting musts, it costs less than $10 and I use it for every single floral project I have ever made and countless other things.
The first step is to prepare the pine cones! Just regular old pine cones, nothing special they were about 3-5 inches long.
Prepping the Pine Cones
Its pretty straight forward but I thought you would like a visual!
Now, if you got the large cotton balls, skip this step and go on to assembling the bolls. If you got the small ones, you will have to combine two together. Its simple to do- just gently pull one cotton ball out on the sides to make it wider. Apply a dab of hot glue, pop the smaller cotton ball in the center and gently pull the first cotton ball around it.
Preparing the Cotton
I did this as I was making each individual boll. Now for the pine cone scales! Simply glue each scale as shown below (3-5 per boll-whatever you prefer). I squeezed them together slightly to shape them.
Gluing the Pine Cone Scales to the Cotton
Assemble the Cotton Boll Wreath
Now you need to prep your wreath. Take your burlap ribbon and glue the end to the wreath. Wrap the ribbon around the wreath snugly until the whole wreath is covered and none of the foam peeks through and glue. Now your ready to assemble!
Simply choose a boll, apply glue to the side and press onto the burlap covered wreath. Alternate the direction in which you glue the bolls so that the pine cone scales show when in place.
It should look something like this! I love it and it looks great in so many places in my house!
This wreath cost under $10!!