Spun Cotton Balls at WHOLESALE level prices. Sold blank (unpainted).
Many different sizes. German made. Great for arts and crafts projects: vintage ornaments, Christmas decorations, glittered fruit ornaments, faux flowers, jewelry pieces, pearls pendants, necklace beads, angel faces…thousands of uses.
Popular sizes and their inch equivalents:
• 10mm = 3/8″
• 20mm = 13/16″
• 25mm = 1″
• 30mm = 1 3/16″
Perfect to make Vintage Ornaments
Out of all shapes, ball blanks are the most useful and versatile shapes when it comes to crafting vintage ornaments. Use them to make Christmas ball ornaments, glass glitter orange ornaments, sugar plum ornaments, glitter cherry ornaments, vintage doll ornaments. If you need to slightly alter the shapes of the balls (to make a plum or a peach for example), you can spray the balls with a fine mist of water and gently apply pressure with a plastic knife for example.
Spun Cotton Balls • Frequently Asked Questions
Are the balls easy to work with?
They are so easy to work with. Because they are made of paper, they are a breeze to paint. Glue also adheres very well to them because of their fibrous texture. So glue on some glitter, some fabric, some paper… it’s easy as pie.
Can they be dyed?
The balls should not be completely immersed in liquids. Instead, paint them or spray them with colored liquids. Otherwise, they will become very soft.
What paint should I use?
We like acrylic paint because it dries fast and when dry, it doubles as a protective coating. However, any paint that works on paper will also work on spun cotton balls. They do not need to be primed. If your project is going to be touched a lot (such as a chess set piece) we recommend using a clear coat finish. Mod podge works great.
Are Spun Cotton Balls soft?
They are surprisingly 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.
Are they eco-friendly?
Spun cotton balls are a wonderful alternative to polystyrene balls and other craft products made with plastic and styrene. They will not be found floating on the surface of our oceans. They biodegrade like paper does.
Are the Balls 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 into an oven to dry out to a nice and smooth texture.
Do they also go by other names?
They are sometimes referred to as spun paper balls, or more rarely watte balls (watte means wadding in German).
Any recommended source of inspiration for projects ?
We have an entire section of our site dedicated to project ideas. Please feel free to check out our Project idea page.