Blank Spun Cotton Buds made in Germany. These shapes look like little olives, tree buds, rosebuds or rosehips. Easily make your own vintage ornaments or realistic faux decorations.
Working with Spun Cotton Buds – the basics
Spun cotton shapes are very easy to work with because they are made of paper.
This means that you can use any type of craft paint to decorate them. However, We recommend acrylic because it dries fast, and also because it doubles as a protective layer around the shapes.
Once painted, you can cover them with glitter (glass glitter, snow glitter, metal glitter, mica flakes…) to achieve a beautiful vintage look, reminiscent of traditional Christmas ornaments made in Germany during the late 19th Century.
To do so, just brush on some white craft glue with a paintbrush and sprinkle glitter with a spoon over the spun cotton buds. Let dry until the glue turns from white to clear.
TIP #1: use the little holes on top of the buds to hold the shapes with a wooden pick while you work on them.
TIP #2: To add a hanging loop to your buds, twist a piece of metal wire around a paintbrush a couple times, add a drop of glue, and insert in the hole.
Last, the bud shapes can be covered with polymer clay and turned into beads. You can visit our detailed tutorial: How to make Polymer Clay Beads.
For more craft techniques and project ideas, please visit our PROJECT IDEAS page.
HAPPY CRAFTING with SPUNNYS.