I started by gathering some sticks that I found on the ground while walking home from school. The best sticks to use are ones with several branches.
Then, I gathered my pistachio shells and some cotton balls and was ready to set to work.
Step 1: use hot glue to glue two cotton balls together and then glue those two balls together creating a cluster of four cotton balls.
Step 2: using hot glue, glue one pistachio shell on each of the four cotton balls
Step 3: place your finger in the center of the cotton ball cluster and open it up
Step 4: add a drop of hot glue in the hole that you created and insert your stick. Squeeze the cluster together adding more glue as needed to gather the shells into the center close to the stick.
You now have a completed cotton stem.
Create as many cotton stems as you want and use them all around the house.
I think these look pretty authentic. Who would have thought that they were made from dollar store cotton balls, sticks from the ground and pistachio shells?