An inexpensive bag of cotton balls can provide hours of fun with creative craft projects. Use these ideas as inspiration, and then expand upon them to come up with your own fun cotton ball crafts.
The color and texture of cotton balls make them perfect for clouds in your picture. Start by painting a sky picture on a piece of paper. Glue cotton balls close together to make clouds. You can make one large cloud or several smaller ones. Add other details, like lightning bolts or raindrops made with glitter glue.
Or you can make a cloud by itself. Cut a piece of paper to the shape you want your cloud. Glue the cotton balls all over the shape so it is completely covered. If you don’t want perfect balls, stretch the cotton balls slightly so they are still fluffy but also flat.
Cotton balls also work well as snow. You can make a snowy scene using the same method as the sky. Or use cotton balls to make an igloo, snowman or snowflake on a piece of paper. Want to feel like it’s snowing inside? String cotton balls onto thread. Leave a few inches between the cotton balls. Make several strands of the snow flakes and hang them.
Give your animal pictures a fluffy look with the addition of some cotton balls. Sheep and bunnies work well for this craft. Cut the shape of the animal out from paper and glue the cotton balls in place. Or make a mask by covering a paper plate with cotton balls. Add ears to look like the animal at the top of the plate.
Cotton balls can also work as hair on people. Glue them to a picture of a person as the hair or beard. Or paint a toilet paper tube to look like a person and glue the cotton balls on top to make the hair. You can even make a beard for your child to wear. Cut out the beard shape from paper. Glue cotton balls on it. Add a string or piece of elastic to hold the beard in place.
Cotton Ball Painting
This craft project actually uses the cotton balls as an art tool rather than something that stays on the picture. Pour some paint in a shallow cup or on a plate. Dab a cotton ball into the paint. Stamp it on the paper to make the desired designs.