How To Make Upcycled Faux "Raw" Cotton Stem Branches


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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.


Supplies:

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.

Steps:

1. Fluff out some regular, store-bought cotton balls by pulling them out on each side with your fingers.

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2. I hot glued leaves to the back.

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3. I cut a small hole in the center of the leaves.

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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.

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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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I hope you enjoyed and until next time, happy crafting!

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27 comments :

  1. Oh wow! thats a great idea, would have never though of that.

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  2. I LOVE this idea! They look great.

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  3. I love inexpensive decor crafts! These came out great! I made some myself only instead of using leaves I used the egg crate portion of an egg carton and painted them brown. Worked like a charm. :)

    Kate | TheOrganizedDream.com

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  4. What a fun and unique craft idea!

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  5. Oh wow this is such a lovely and unique idea! Love trying out these different crafts for my home :)

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  6. That is so clever! Never would have thought of that :)

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  7. I love going to the dollar store it's like a head start and then we can get so creative SO much fun! This is one fun project indeed.

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  8. Sure cool idea! You creative people just blow my mind:)

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  9. My mum have made them in the past. They look very nice however not very safe to have near a fireplace. xx

    www.annanuttall.com

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  10. Ahh, there they are after I saw theit introduction on Instagram. AS I drove by a field yesterday your post came to mind. Great job.

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    1. I usually use real ones for fall decor, but the fields here look puny this year. Too dry, so this is a good replacement

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  11. Wow this is so pretty and creative! Thanks for a great idea!

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  12. This is a great craft idea for Fall. I really like it!

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  13. This is a really nice rustic look! I can see this looking great with Christmas decor as well.

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  14. This is such a creative and fun idea! And it looks easy enough for me.

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  15. These look so real! You did a great job at DIY :)

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  16. This is a great idea. Love it.

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  17. I love this DIY project. Thanks for sharing

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  18. Such a cute accent! Very rustic - love it!

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  19. This is so creative as well as beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. What an adorable and clever idea!

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  21. Loved the simple diy that you have created.

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  22. Simple idea that looks very cool!

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  23. Oh my goodness!! I love this idea, it's so creative. And something I think i could acutally do.

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  24. That is pretty awesome. I love this idea

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  25. We live where cotton is grown (Texas Coastal Region)and we find raw cotton all along the Farm-To-Market roads. I even have some left somewhere and when I find it I know what to do with it now.

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