DIY Cotton Boll Stems4:00 AM
I've been really into the farmhouse look and trying to incorporate some of it into my existing decor, but HOLY COW! Almost everything seems really overpriced! I was just looking at an old rustic scale on Amazon the other day and couldn't believe that someone would actually pay $250 for it! Just like the scale, I couldn't believe anyone would spend so much money on branches either.
I recently searched for cotton boll branches to decorate my milk jug for Fall and my jaw dropped when I saw some of the prices. Amazon was asking for $30 a branch and I was totally not hearing that. I checked Hobby Lobby and their price was a lot less startling at only $10, but I wanted a few and couldn't see spending $30 to decorate for only a few months.
Off to Pinterest I went to find a decent deal (because, ya know, Pinterest is by far the best search engine I use right now) and I found a DIY!! I was amazed! Oh, and guess what?! Because I had everything already at my disposal, I made these branches for zip...nada...zilch! Woo-hoo!
Of course, if you don't have some of the items to make these, it won't be free to make, but spending a dollar here and a dollar there is so much cheaper than buying them already made.
What tutorial did I use? I used the tutorial from the Craftberry Bush.
The lovely Lucy at CraftberryBush.com created pretty (and realistic) cotton boll stems using simple supplies from around the home. All you'll need are a few cotton balls, an egg carton, brown watercolor paint, a hot glue gun and some branches from your yard or local park. Check out her awesome tutorial HERE.
Looking for more inspiration? Check out Twelve On Main!
You can also check out Sara's tutorial from TwelveOnMain.com where she uses pine cones instead of an egg carton. They're beautiful, too, I just didn't have any pine cones laying around.