Spun Cotton Shapes are three dimensional (3D) craft blanks that were first invented in Germany in the 19th century and that people use mainly for DIY craft projects. In this short presentation, we will talk about their main qualities, provide you with a few examples of blank shapes, go over the different ways to use them and end with a few of our own project ideas.
Disclaimer : We love Spun Cotton Shapes :)
Caractéristiques principales des formes en ouate de cellulose
They are wonderful craft materials with great qualities:
- Les formes sont en papier et ne contiennent pas de plastique.
- Elles sont faciles à peindre et à décorer
- Because they are lightweight, they are particularly useful to make ornaments.
- Glue adheres to them very strongly because of their fibrous texture.
Note: in the UK, people often refer to them as spun paper shapes.
Exemples de formes
They come in many shapes and sizes. The most popular shapes are balls, because it’s a versatile form, but a lot of other form types also exist: mushrooms, teardrops, miniature fruits and veggies, eggs, bells, rolls, cones and lots more.
Comment utiliser les formes en ouate de cellulose ?
There are many ways that you can work with them:
You can paint them
Simply use a paintbrush and some acrylic paint. It’s as easy as painting on a piece of paper.
You can use glue
Glue adheres very well to them. You can embellish the shapes with small pieces of fabric, colored paper, golden trims (Dresden), ribbon, lace, mousseline, crepe paper, chenille stem, and much more.
You can even use glitter on spun cotton shapes
People often use spun cotton shapes to make glittered Christmas ornaments. To learn how to apply glitter, you can check out our video tutorial: how to make glittered lemon ornaments.
Fabrication des formes
Soft paper is rolled tightly into a mold until the desired shape is achieved. The raw shapes are then covered with a starchy solution and oven dried. The final product has a smooth, easy to paint surface.
Exemples de projets
Here a few projects that we thought would give you an idea of the wide array of possibilities. The great thing is that these are probably just a drop in the ocean of project ideas. There are many creative ways of using spun cotton forms.
For more DIY project ideas, do not hesitate to check out our tutorial section.
We hope you enjoyed learning about spun cotton shapes. At Spunnys, we are crazy about spun cotton and spun cotton projects. So do not hesitate to ask any questions, it’s always a pleasure to reply. Happy crafting to all of you.