My aunt had a cotton plant on her back porch. I wish I remembered a bit more about how nature put that cotton plant together. Instead, I imagine how a cotton stem would come together.
This is my cotton stems. Below is how I made them.
I gathered old elk trotted on pine cones. Not sure how important the elk trotted pine cones are to the project. 🙂 But old pine cones are easier to break apart. Beautiful store-bought pine cones are hard to cut apart. If you can, find pine cones in a local park or forest. Kids trotted pine cones are great for the project too. 🙂
While gathering I grabbed some tree branches.
To clean the pine cones from any bugs, I boiled a pan of water, removed from heat and popped in the pine cones for a few seconds. This softened the pine cones too! The branches were washed down with the garden hose.
When inside I grabbed two handfuls of cotton balls and fired up the hot glue gun. You can read my hot glue gun tips here.
I fluffed out the cotton balls quite a bit, then rolled then slightly back to round.
I pulled the middle scales from the pine cone. Actually, I pulled, twisted, cut, and wiggled out the scales. The middle scales are larger and easier to pull, twist, cut, and wiggle out!
Then I hot glued them in a cross shape.
Next, I tried hot gluing them onto the branches by adding the hot glue to the branch stems. That didn’t work as well as, adding a dollop of hot glue to the center of the pine scales and pushing into the branch stems.
We’ve had a busy weekend, but “hands-on” time to complete was under 30 minutes including a stroll to gather the nature pieces.
Are cotton balls natural?
Glad I had white cotton balls!
This wouldn’t look as realistic with pink cotton balls. 😕
Update: I will be making cotton stems on a LIVE workshop with subscribers, October 6 at 4:30 pm PST. Please click here to learn more. If you’re a subscriber check your email to register for the free workshop.
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