Yesterday when I was cleaning, I took notice to the small, upcycled vases sitting empty on my coffee table. I made them last year (see DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Urns Using Dollar Store Glass and Cast Off Ceramic Containers) and decided it was time to add something to them. I decided to fill them with fake cotton branch stems. They were super easy, inexpensive and quick to make. Here is how I did it.
I grabbed some leaves, twigs, a bag of inexpensive cotton balls and my hot glue gun. You can also reuse cotton from commercial medication packaging. My husband calls the leaves I grabbed, "penny oak" leaves. I'm not positive of the actual name but I know they are everywhere in my backyard. They worked PERFECTLY. If you cannot find them, I'm sure you can cut some other brown leaves down to size as a replacement.
1. Fluff out some regular, store-bought cotton balls by pulling them out on each side with your fingers.
2. I hot glued leaves to the back.
3. I cut a small hole in the center of the leaves.
4. I added a little hot glue to an end on the stem, stuck it through the hole inside the leaves and up inside the cotton ball.
I simply repeated the process until I was satisfied with how many cotton "blooms" were on the branches and I was done. My little coffee table vases are empty no more!
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