DIY Cotton Ball Garland

In my last post I shared how we flocked our trash to treasure Christmas tree. It was really easy to do and now I want to share how I finished it off!

First of all I decided to put it on a table top and used a huge galvanized tub instead of a skirt. I cut a small hole in the bottom using my jig saw and I feed the tree through the hole into the stand.

Tied a bow and wired it to the top then used 3 extra long ribbon pieces to cascade down the tree. Easy peasy and so pretty!

Finally, the main point of this blog. I was looking for ideas to make a simple garland with my son and came across a photo of a cotton ball garland.

I had no idea how many cotton balls I would use on a 7.5 ft pencil tree so I bought 800. This was overkill and then some! Good thing cotton balls are cheap and don’t expire.

We sat down by the tv with bowls of cotton balls. I use regular white sewing thread through the needle and created about a 3 foot section and knotted it. I made 5 of these and we just pushed the needle through the cotton ball leaving about a 1 inch space between each ball.

I draped the garland on the tree and gently adjusted any cotton balls that slid.

End result looks like a Pom Pom garland but for pennies. Campfire marshmallows would make a darling garland too- if you don’t have kids or pets. Pretty sure my table top tree would be ravaged by the Danes if I wrapped it in marshmallows so again…cotton balls for the win.

Happy decorating~ Kristen

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I am customizing our final house into a home one room at a time. This is our 11th and final home so every detail is curated to create our FOREVER home. I've worked on many homes of our own and client's home so there is plenty of inspirational for all home sizes and styles here. There are tutorial blogs for DIY projects to recipes- this blog is all things HOME. I hope you will join me and find inspiration here.

6 Responses

  1. Anonymous

    I keep thinking you,ve used up all your talent and then you amaze me again, with oodles more!! Brilliant!

  2. So cheap and I wonder… You could try dipping in damp coffee grounds if you had the patience… Let it dry completely…. Would it be a wet mess or could it actually give your garland some organic brown color?

  3. Desperate Craft Wife

    That’s a nice idea! I did soak some cotton balls in vanilla not too long ago to combat a fresh paint smell…..vanilla might work too!

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