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Handmade Cotton Boll Stems

How to make handmade cotton boll stems. In this tutorial we will show you an easy way to make cotton flowers by using cotton bolls, pods, stems and branches. Handmade cotton boll stems will decorate your room and make it looks original.

We’ll need some chestnut boxes – three for a stem and a selection of twigs.

Remove the seeds and put the cupules on the baking sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 min. The cupules are stone-hard and shrunk slightly. With sandpaper remove the spikes and polish the cupule petals. Next, we’re going to paint the petals into dark gold. We want a rich coating. It doesn’t have to be even though. Let them dry for about half an hour. We’re going to use a hot glue gun to assemble the petals into a sepal. Apply some hot glue on the rib of the petal and press the other petal tightly. Wait for 5 second till glue cools down. Fix the third petal. Repeat the same steps with the rest of the chestnut cupules. The sepals are ready to be filled with cotton. We’ll need some patches of cotton wool, craft string or thread and a hot glue gun. Cut around 6 inches of string. Tear the cotton wool into two square pads. Layer them and puff slightly. Tie up in a criss-crossing manner. Trim the ends of the craft string and shape the cotton puffing and slightly pressing the petals to the center. Dab some glue onto the bottom of the sepal and fit in the cotton pod and make two smaller cotton pods the same way. Now time to fix the cotton pods to the twig. Squeeze some hot glue onto the cut of the twig and press the cotton flower. Glue fix the second one. And the smallest cotton pod for a complete composition. The finishing touch – add touch of gold to the stem. Let the patches of natural bark color show through. The handmade cotton flowers look just like a natural one and will make a stylish and lasting floral interior decor. Just put cotton boll branches into a glass or ceramic vase.   If you're like this project, check out our youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/troomtroom