Rustic Pumpkin With Cotton Bolls, Flowers & Burlap Leaves

For the last few years there have been lots of decorations with cotton bolls. Cotton is grown in 17 southern states stretching across the bottom half of the United States: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.  I remember the first time I saw a cotton field from our car as my family drove west across Tennessee to Memphis.  It was a remarkable sight, a field filled with white cotton bolls. Now buying real bolls for decorations can be expensive if you don’t get them locally.




Last month I found cute faux cotton boll stems at Walmart complete with burlap leaves.  I bought several as they were not only attractive but also inexpensive.  Now what can I do with them?   Several years ago I bought a medium size faux white pumpkin at Walmart and have used it in vignettes.  This year I was wanting to try adding flowers.  I’ve seen them painted on, and I’ve also seen beaded flowers on a faux pumpkin.  One night right as I was nodding off in the dark, my mind said let’s put cotton bolls on the pumpkin.  When I woke up and walked into the kitchen-dining room, I saw that faux pumpkin and remembered my sleepy thought.  I got 2 sprays of cotton bolls with burlap leaves, a small bouquet of small flowers, my faux pumpkin, and my hot glue gun.  I covered the table with an old towel for protection.






First I removed the cotton bolls and burlap leaves from the stems.  I also removed the little flowers. Second I glued the small flowers into the center of the cotton bolls.  Now I have cotton and flowers to put on the pumpkin.











Then I glued the cotton boll to the pumpkin close to the top.  Since the plastic pod puts the boll at an angle, I put another little flower over it.  Pretty.  I put the second boll a little above the first and added a small flower above it.  The third boll was placed a little lower like the first one.  I alternated a little up and a little down around the pumpkin.





















It’s like a cotton and flower crown.  Now to make it more rustic, I glued each burlap leaf  going down the pumpkin lower than the bolls.  I am really pleased it came out so well.











For now it’s on the dining table, and I’m really happy with the look.










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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

26 thoughts to “Rustic Pumpkin With Cotton Bolls, Flowers & Burlap Leaves”

  1. Well Carol you have created something totally different from the other bloggers. It’s unique, and lovely. Thank you.

  2. Nice job. I remember seeing cotton grown for the first time when I went to work in the oilfields of the Permian Basin of Texas way back when.

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