Spun Cotton Balls at WHOLESALE level prices. 17 different sizes (ø 6 mm to ø 80 mm). German made. Great for arts and crafts projects, vintage crafts, flower crafts, jewelry crafts…thousands of uses.
Last updated on November 5, 2017 .
Spun Cotton Balls are great alternatives to polystyrene balls!
Popular sizes and their inches equivalents:
• 10mm = 3/8″
• 20mm = 13/16″
• 25mm = 1″
• 30mm = 1 3/16″
Note: SPUNNYS also offers half-balls (see our half-ball page), flattened balls (see our spun cotton fruits and veggies page), and ø 25mm truncated balls (available on this page)
Working with Spun Cotton Balls – basic techniques
Spun cotton balls are very easy and pleasant to work with. Not only are they a breeze to paint, they also adhere very strongly to glue. They can easily be covered with other materials such as fabric, lace, paper, cardboard, lace, sequin…
Spun cotton balls are very versatile, they can be used many different ways.
Spun Cotton Balls: Frequently Asked Questions
They are actually quite sturdy. The word “cotton” is misleading because it gives the impression that they are soft. But as explained below, the balls are not really made of cotton.
Spun cotton balls used to be made of cotton but over the years, the manufacturing processes changed and today, they are made of paper. To make the balls, machines roll tissue paper into little spheres. The spheres are then covered with a starchy solution before going to the oven to dry out to a nice and smooth texture.
We like acrylic paint because it dries fast and when dry, it doubles as a protective coating. However, any paint that would work on paper would work on spun cotton balls. Spun cotton balls do not need to be primed. If your project is going to be handled a lot (such as a chess set piece) we recommend using a clear coat finish. Mod podge works great.