Make Trendy Cotton Stem Branches for Pennies

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DIY Cotton Stem Branches in a vase

Like the idea of using pretty cotton stems as home décor?

It’s actually very easy to make your own copycat branches using ordinary cotton balls from the dollar store and pine cones! Display a bundle of these DIY stems in your home for a fresh-looking touch of farmhouse style décor that looks super realistic.

Home Decor DIY cotton stem branches in a vase on a bathroom vanity counter

One branch of real cotton stems in the floral department can cost around $10, so if you already have these items on hand (like I do), this could be a free or inexpensive craft to make for your home!

cotton stems, glue gun, and pinecones

DIY Cotton Stem Branches

Supplies Needed:


1. Go on a little nature walk and collect small branches outside. You may need to trim down large pieces until you have the desired height to work with.

cotton balls and bits of cotton stem

2. Cut pieces off of a pine cone to glue as the cotton’s “stem”. Loosen a cotton ball a little.

cotton ball glued to a branch with additional bits of cotton plant

3. Glue cotton to a branch. I put glue on the branch, and then I pressed the ball around it.

closeup of the cotton stem decor

4. Glue pieces of pine cone around the base of the cotton ball for the “stem.”

diy cotton stem decor closeup of finished stems

5. Repeat the process until the entire branch is covered in the desired amount of cotton stems.

I placed a couple of branches together in a vase and it looks super cute in my bathroom.

The best part is, I had all the supplies already on hand! I think this could also be a fun homemade gift idea, or perhaps an inexpensive way to make an entire wreath out of cotton stems. No matter how you use these, it’s such a fun and easy way to dress up your home for so much less!

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Comments 23

  1. Shannon

    Adorable thanks!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Shannon!

  2. Kelly

    I love this ❤️❤️❤️

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Kelly!

  3. Kelly

    This is kind of brilliant!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I know – so smart, right?! 👍

  4. coolrocks

    That super cool and looks fantastic

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks so much!

  5. jennifer

    So cool, thanks Lina!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure! Thanks for stopping by Jennifer 👍

  6. Tonya

    Super cute and inexpensive. Thanks!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)


  7. Emily

    Wow!! Looks amazing in your bathroom! I want to try this now 🙂 thank you for sharing it with us!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Emily for the nice comment! Enjoy

  8. sally

    This looks so cute and easy. I saw a pinterest post where you can do this by painting egg cartons and cutting them apart to look like the pinecone pieces, quite a few more steps. This is much better – less work! Looks like a fun craft for upcoming days off school!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh nice! Ya I agree – have fun.

  9. Lana

    If I had only know this is trendy. We were at our DIL grandparents farm on Saturday and there were stems with cotton just like this in the fields behind the barn!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh neat!

    • Rebecca

      Right?! I could drive down the road & grab some.

  10. Yessenia

    Love this! Where’s the LIKE button?!

  11. kerri

    Hey Lina, are you going to enter the TV contest that was posted last week ?? It was the (NBC ??) craft show. If anyone has great unique craft ideas its you !!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh you are so sweet! Maybe I will! Ha – thanks Kerri 😀

  12. sandra cieslewicz

    I have everything right in my backyard!!! Im so gonna do this!

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