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DIY Cotton Stems for $2 with Farmhouse Style

I love cotton stems with farmhouse style, but they can be kind of spendy. These DIY cottons stems can be made for less than $2 using cotton balls and pine cones.

I love changing the house over to winter from Christmas. All of the fun and festive Christmas decorations are so fun, but usually by the time NYE rolls around I’m more than ready to get the house cleaned up.

I love keeping things simple, but special in the winter. I like to have some special decorations so the house doesn’t feel too bare after the Christmas spirit gets packed up.

These DIY Cottons Stems are just that special & simple. Wanna know my favorite part? They can be made for LESS THAN $2!

Thes faux cotton stems are perfect for your farmhouse style winter decor. Really they can be used all year round! These DIY Farmhouse Cotton Stems can be made for seriously less than $2…aaaaand I’m totally rounding up there… I paid $1.18 for a bag of cotton balls and the rest of the supplies came straight from the good ol’ outdoors (minus hot glue… but, who doesn’t have a hot glue gun?!).

These are a steal and couldn’t be easier to DIY. Even from discount craft stores, these trendy cotton stems sell for about $5 – $10 a piece.

Do you like making crafts? Check out these other DIY farmhouse style projects:

This cotton stems post contains affiliate links, but nothing that I wouldn’t wholeheartedly recommend anyway! Read my full disclosure here.

photo of cotton stems ...with a text overlay that says... make DIY farmhouse cotton stems for 2 dollars

photo of a pine cone, a small pine stick, and cotton balls

Supplies for cottons stems:

  • Cotton balls – I got mine at Walmart for only $1.18
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • Twigs (or Christmas tree clippings if you still have any of those laying around)
  • A pine cone or two

a stick with all greenery removed, sitting on a white background

Step 1. Remove greenery from twigs.

First you need to take all the greenery off of the twig. Since all the twigs outside were covered in snow when I made this, I opted for taking some clippings from our Christmas tree before we threw it out. The greenery should peel off pretty easy, especially if your tree is REALLY dead like mine was, haha.

Step 2. Remove pine cone pieces from cone.

Next you’ll need to gently pull the pine cone pieces off the cone. Some pine cones will work better than others. Mine were really dried out because they had been inside for over a year used as decor.

It may work easier if you take one fresh from outside. If your pine cone is really tough, you could always try ripping them off using some pliers. We used these when necessary.

To clean the pine cones from outside, I usually run them under really hot water for about 30 seconds and then let them dry out for a day or two. You can also pop them in a pot of boiling water.

UPDATE: I’ve gotten some other suggestions here too…Many people mentioned that they soak their pinecones in hot water for couple hours and then put them in the oven at 250 degrees for 30 minutes…besides drying it kills any tiny critters there may be. 

You’ll be using 3-4 pine cone pieces for each cotton ball you use. I attached a cotton ball to the end of every point on my twigs, so for the above twig I would be attaching about 9 cottons balls and would use about 36 pine cone pieces.

tall image with 3 images in it, top is a close up of a pine cone piece, middle is a close up of the pine cone piece held against a cotton ball, bottom is four pine cone pieces held on a cotton ball equally spaced around it

Step 3. Glue pine cones pieces to cotton ball.

Before I started gluing the pine cone pieces to the cotton ball, I rolled the cotton ball around in my hand a bit and pulled at it to make it look a little more natural and not so perfect.

Next you’ll take your handy hot glue gun and put a small dab on the pine cone piece and press together on the cotton ball. You’ll attach between 3-4 pine cone pieces to the cotton ball, with all the points meeting in the middle with a little wiggle room. That’s where you’ll be gluing it on to the twig to make your cotton stems.

close up of a stick with a dab of hot glue on the tip of it

Step 4. Glue onto twig.

To attach the cotton to the twig, I just put a dab of hot glue on to the end of the twig and pressed the cotton ball on.

Repeat until all the of the ends on your twig are covered in this farmhouse perfection.

finished DIY cotton stems

Ta da!!!!! I told you that was easy! 🙂 I can’t wait to share the rest of my wintery crafts with you over the next couple of weeks. Hopefully I can help spark some inspiration to you as you change your homes over from Christmas decorations to winter.

two vases with sweater styled coverings, filled with finished DIY cotton stems, with a gold antler on the table in front of the vases

I think these DIY farmhouse cotton stems go great in the sweater wrapped vases I made – check out the full tutorial for those here.

a vase wrapped in sweater fabric ...with a text overlay that says... cozy sweater wrapped vases

And on display in this farmhouse winter tablescape….learn more about the tablescape here.

Farmhouse winter tablescape decorated with sweater wrapped vases with faux cotton stems, wood chargers, plates, vintage glassware and more

And decorating the bathroom floating shelves in our farmhouse master bathroom… learn more about the farmhouse master bathroom here.

Floating shelves in bathroom with farmhouse style decorated with fixer upper style decorations like olive bucket, farmhouse sign, faux greenery, rolled towels, chicken wire basket, faux cotton stems in pitcher and vintage glass bottles

Cotton stems in white pitcher sitting on table in front of farmhouse sign

Here are the cotton stems on display on my tiered tray in our bathroom – learn how to make this three tiered tray here.

Cotton stems in white farmhouse pitcher sitting on white tiered tray in bathroom with bathroom accessories

Cotton stems made with cotton balls, twigs and pinecones in pitcher on table with text overlay that says cheap and easy cotton stems

I had a blast last month sharing how to make my homespun fabric Christmas ornaments on Hometalk’s Facebook page, which now has had almost 400k views… say WHAT?! Click here to watch the ornaments video.

UPDATE: Here’s the winter crafts video in case you missed it!! If you love videos, be sure to check out my video page here or subscribe to my YouTube channel

Grab some more farmhouse style decor to pair with your cotton stems 🙂

If you loved these farmhouse cotton stems, you’ll love these other farmhouse DIYs:

Bread Box Chalk Paint Makeover


Farmhouse Reading Nook


Easy DIY Farmhouse Style Wreath
How To Make DIY Cotton Stems for

How To Make DIY Cotton Stems for $2

Yield: 1
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $2

I love cotton stems with farmhouse style, but they can be kind of spendy. These DIY cottons stems can be made for less than $2 using cotton balls and pine cones.


  • Cotton balls 
  • Twigs
  • A pine cone or two



  1. Remove greenery from twigs.
  2. Remove pine cone pieces from cone.
  3. Glue pine cone pieces to cotton ball.
  4. Glue onto twig.

9 thoughts on “DIY Cotton Stems for $2 with Farmhouse Style

  1. Before putting all the Christmas things away I start to bring out the snowmen, snowflakes, and white lights. I keep a pencil tree up all year round and it is decorated throughout the different seasons.

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