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

These 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 apiece.

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How to make DIY farmhouse-style cotton stems for cheap

All you need to make DIY cotton stems are some tree twigs, pinecones, and cotton balls

Supplies needed to make DIY cotton stems:

Step 1. Remove greenery from twigs.

Remove the greenery from the tree twigs, prepping it to make faux cotton stems

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 easily, especially if your tree is REALLY dead like mine was, haha.

Step 2. Remove pine cone pieces from the 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 and 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 a couple of 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 cotton balls and would use about 36 pine cone pieces.

Step 3. Glue pine cone pieces into the cotton ball.

Here we are using pine cone pieces to make faux cotton seeds by gluing the pine cone pieces to a single 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 it 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 onto the twig to make your cotton stems.

Step 4. Glue onto twig.

This twig has a dab of hot glue on the end, which will secure the faux cotton ball bloom to the end of the twig

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

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

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 for you as you change your homes over from Christmas decorations to winter.

Decorating with faux cotton ball stems

Place these DIY cotton stems in vases to add a touch of farmhouse style decor to your home

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

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

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

These cute DIY cotton stems are easy to make and affordable farmhouse decor

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

How to make cheap and easy cotton stems in just a few steps! these faux cotton stems make great farmhouse style decor

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 $2

How To Make DIY Cotton Stems for $2

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

If you love farmhouse style cotton stems but don't love the price tag, you've got to make these DIY cotton stems for just $2! Faux cotton stems are a simple DIY that add the perfect touch of farmhouse style.


  • 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.

8 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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