cottonball creatures

these awesome old pipe cleaners I found at the resale shop + theresa’s post on cody foster and wondering how spun cotton ornaments are made + my current obsession with crazy vintage handmade ornaments = an oscar-free afternoon turning into a whirlwind of crazy ornament making activity! I unrolled cotton balls and used the strips of cotton to wrap up spools, wooden wheels, plastic eggs, anything I could find really and then glue gunned on little heads and buttons and birds, etc. so much fun! I could do this and only this for weeks and weeks but I have to force myself to put away the glue gun and get back to my christmas to-do’s.

sheep spool

with fawn

jingle face

santa button hat

cross bird lady with snowball head

red bird girl

button full of snowballs


28 thoughts on “cottonball creatures

  1. Jenn says:

    Oh on any day I love this site! But today…I happened to stop by Thrifty Craft and saw that you have FASHION PLATES!!!! I lived and breathed Fashion Plates for a better part of the ’80s! The price on EBAY is terribly high- I have seen them go for close to $80. I did find a mini fake version at the $ section of Michaels that was really decent, but my kind hearted ways got the better of me and I gave it away to a student of mine. Grr I hate when I do that! 🙂

  2. carol says:

    these are just too cute! I remember them from last year. My only problem is that I can not stand the feeling of cotton and couldn’t bear unrolling it! Oh well, I guess I know where to go and enjoy these cuties.

  3. iheartnewyork says:

    I love these! I own a vintage version of these ornaments — a pipe cleaner figure skater that was once my grandmother’s. The ornament’s very sweet — and delicate. She gets a special spot on the Christmas tree every year.

  4. Mama Urchin says:

    I also like to be able to put the decorations in the same place every year. It’s what my mom did. This year we have some new furniture though so I’m going to have to rethink things.

  5. k8tykat says:

    as usual hillary, you are the bestest ever. i’ve been thinkin’ and thinkin about what to do for the gifts my kiddos will give to the grandmas & grandpas this year and these seem like the perfect little idea to do.

  6. molly says:

    unrolling cotton balls? this could get fun! they look fantastic….now, how to get a child-free afternoon? maybe they can be my official “un-rollers”.
    Oh, and I LOVE that sheep ornament hiding in the background of the last picture!

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