Thursday, December 1, 2011

Cotton Swab Ornaments

Are you asking yourself, did I read that right?  Cotton Swabs?  Yes, really cotton swabs. 

These ornaments were inspired by some expensive ornaments that I saw at a local decorators store.  The best part is that they are so easy, so inexpensive and lots of fun.  In fact to make these I had help from my 2, 4, and 5 year old.   I will admit they look like a school science project, but they are so cute from a distance  and know one will know you made them from Q tips!   And now for the tutorial...

Step 1:  Gather supplies:
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Foam Balls ($ Store)
  • Glue
  • Epsom Salt
  • Ribbon
  • pin
  • Glue Gun

Step 2: Pull cotton ball off of one side of each cotton swab trim edge to a point. Pour glue and salt onto separate plates for easy dipping.
Step 3:  Dip and roll cotton head into glue completely coating

Step 4:  Roll same head in epsom salt

Step 5:  Dip trimmed end into glue as well and then press into foam ball.  The medium sized balls are the easiest to work with.  -- Or use glue gun to secure pointed side into ball

Step 6:  Repeat steps 2-5 for all cotton swabs  pressing into balls on opposite sides and then centering additional swabs in the middle of the others...

Step 7:  Keep adding swabs until the ball is covered  add as many as you like my favorites had about 12- 15.... Let the glue dry...

Step 8:  Cut your ribbon and get a pin

Step 9:  Dip pointed end of pin in glue to hold it in place

Step 10:  Press pin into the top of your creation!  Use a glue gun to reinforce the pin!!  Let the glue dry and hang!

Now go and make one yourself!  You know you want too! Grab the kids to help!  You can also dip in glitter, or spray them with spray paint for another color!!

Thanks for viewing!

A Big Thank You to Dollar Store Crafts for featuring!!


  1. How fun are these? Love it! I'm loving your blog and I'm your newest follower, can't wait to see whats next!

  2. Britt!!!! these are Awesomeness!!!! You need to link this to the 12 days of diy christmas white party. It's at domestically-speaking...
    the website is...

  3. Cute, what a fun project for the family!

  4. What a fun idea! Pinning it!

  5. Terrific ornament! Share your ornament (or more) on our Linky List to get exposure for your own blog and share with your community.


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