If you’re looking for a cheap way to decorate for winter or Christmas, give this cotton ball garland a try! All you need is a bag of cotton balls, a fishing line, a needle, and a hot glue gun to transform your space into a winter wonderland.
After I finished the paper bag snowflakes for our Christmas decor this year, I knew it needed something a little extra. So I whipped up this cotton ball snow garland for just a few bucks. It added so much festivity to the decorations for Winter and it was so easy to make!
Cotton balls are an obvious choice for the snowball garland, but you could also use little white pom poms too (it will just be more expensive).
This winter craft is so easy and cheap to create! If you’re trying to keep your Christmas crafts on a budget this year, you’ll love this fun idea. The whole thing comes together for less than $5!
Grab your cotton balls, fishing line, and a hot glue gun! Turn on a good Christmas movie and get to stringing. Pretty soon, your space will be transformed into a winter wonderland with this cute snowball garland hanging up.
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Step 1. Thread needle with fishing line
Take your needle and put the fishing line through the eye of the needle. Next, add a knot to secure it.
Step 2. String cotton balls on the fishing line.
Start stringing the cotton balls onto the fishing line by pushing the needle through the middle of the cotton ball.
You can gently pull some of the cotton balls apart to make different sizes so your cotton ball garland looks a little more organic.
You can also roll the cotton balls around in your hand so they look a little more circular and not so much like, well, cotton balls.
Step 3. Secure cotton balls with hot glue.
Once you get a bunch of cotton balls strung on the fishing line, you can start spreading them out and gluing them into place as you go with a little dot of hot glue.
It helps to use finger protectors so you don’t burn yourself with the hot glue gun. Put a small dot of hot glue onto the cotton ball near the entrance of the fishing line.
Then press down the cotton ball around the dot of glue for about 10-15 seconds to set the glue.
Don’t cut the fishing line from the spool until you have all of the cotton balls spread out. I spread mine out about 6-8 inches or so.
Step 4. Hang your cotton ball garland.
We added our snowball garland to the wall where our TV is mounted alongside these pretty paper bag snowflakes. It added so much Christmas spirit to the wall!
To hang them up, we put 5 mini clear Command hooks up on the wall near the top where the wall meets the ceiling. Then we strung some fishing lines going horizontally on the hooks. This allowed us to drape the garland anywhere we wanted between the hooks.
If you’re just hanging the garland (and not the large paper sack snowflakes), you could probably just get away with draping it up over the hooks and not mess with the extra line between the hooks. We need the extra space for hanging the giant paper bag snowflakes.
If you didn’t want to add the cotton ball garland to your wall, you could put it around your Christmas tree, window frames, door frames, mantel, or wherever else that needs a little festivity during the holiday season.
The little puffs of cotton look like snowballs falling all over your wall with this cute cotton ball garland.
Making this little cotton snowball garland is the perfect solution for your winter decorations! It is cheap, easy, and turns out great!
Where would you hang this garland in your home this year for the holidays?
Let us know in the comments below!
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- Thread needle with fishing line.
- String cotton balls onto the finishing line.
- Secure cotton balls with hot glue. Don’t cut the fishing line from the spool until you have all of the cotton balls spread out. I spread mine out about 6-8 inches or so.
- Hang your cotton ball garland. To hang them up, we put 5 mini clear Command hooks up on the wall near the top where the wall meets the ceiling. Then we strung some fishing lines going horizontally on the hooks. This allowed us to drape the garland anywhere we wanted between the hooks.