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Spun Cotton Balls

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(5 customer reviews)


18 sizes available (ø 6 to 80 mm)

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Spun Cotton Balls at WHOLESALE level prices. 18 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 January 17, 2020 .

Spun Cotton Balls are great alternatives to polystyrene balls!

Popular sizes and their inch equivalents:

• 10mm = 3/8″
• 20mm = 13/16″
• 25mm = 1″
• 30mm = 1  3/16″

Note: SPUNNYS also offers half-balls (see our half-ball shop page).

Spun cotton balls 25mm 1 one inch medium

Ø 25mm spun cotton balls (1″)

Spun cotton balls 8mm tiny small

Ø 8mm balls (5/16″)

Spun cotton balls 45mm large

Ø 45mm balls (1 3/4″)

Spun cotton balls small to medium sizes

From left to right:
6mm 8mm 10mm 12mm 15mm 18mm 20mm 25mm 30mm

spun cotton truncated ball dome 25 mm

ø 25mm truncated ball

Working with Spun Cotton Balls – basic techniques

Spun cotton balls are easy to work with and fun. 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 how to paint

Any paint that works on paper will also work on spun cotton balls.
We like acrylic paint because it dries fast.

Angel head craft idea spun cotton

Fine pencils are perfect for detail work.

Spun cotton ball mod podge

A nice gloss finish can be achieved by dipping the balls in mod podge

Project ideas

Spun cotton balls are very versatile, they can be used many different ways.

Vintage angel ornament spun cotton ball DIY

Vintage style angel ornament
30 mm spun cotton ball and lace

Spun Cotton Balls: Frequently Asked Questions

Are Spun Cotton Balls easy to work with?

They are very easy to work with! There are made of paper and are a breeze to paint. Glue also works very well on them because of their fibrous texture. Other art materials such as fabric, paper, fabric or cardboard can easily be glued on. People use the balls many different ways: vintage decorations, jewelry pieces, doll heads…the possibilities are endless.

Can then be dyed?

Spun cotton balls should not be dunked into liquids for too long. They are very absorbent and may become very soft. We recommend painting them instead of dying them.

What paint should be used?

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.

Are Spun Cotton Balls soft?

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.

Are they eco-friendly?

Spun cotton balls are a wonderful alternative to polystyrene balls and other craft products made with styrene. They will not be found floating on the surface of our oceans. They biodegrade like paper does.

Are Spun Cotton 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 to the oven to dry out to a nice and smooth texture.


5 reviews for Spun Cotton Balls

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    I’ve used Spunnys for numerous projects and couldn’t be happier! The spun cotton balls are so incredible versatile; truly a must have. I’m so pleased with the products and service. Thank you!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    LOVE all shapes and sizes! The best variety ever! And a quick and friendly service always! I just placed my third order!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Polly’s Beads (verified owner)

    We have great success with the cotton balls from Spunnys with our beaded Christmas Balls

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Loli (verified owner)

    Best quality and most friendly service! We LOVE Spunnys!!!!

  5. Colette

    I’m so glad you have a variety of sizes! It’s been difficult to find the ones I need.

    • Lynn

      Wonderful quality and quick shipping. A pleasure to do business with this company. Bonus is that their website is so easy to navigate. I will be back for more!!!

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