Creations, “High Cotton” Tree

The term “high cotton” comes from the pre-Civil War era when tall cotton meant that the cotton crop was good and the market prices were high.  It became a general term for success and wealth…

Last Christmas when I saw a tree decorated with  faux cotton garlands


I got weak in the knees it was so fabulous


It was decorated with other natural elements and was simply stunning


I wasn’t quite as weak after I found out the price~$40 for 6′ and the tree must have had 6-8 garlands on it

cotton tail tree

I walked away, sad, but proud of myself…


DD actually saw it in the same gift shop and wanted to buy some for me, knowing I would love it, but she too fainted at the price tag  walked away

high cotton tree

It was still on my mind after Christmas, so just for fun I googled it to see if I could find it anywhere else

cotton tree

Happy New Year!   Grandin Road had the exact garland on clearance for $10!


So I bought 3, you know being such a bargain and all!  Now I was in “high cotton!”

cotton wreath

One garland made a wonderful loose, natural wreath

faux cotton tree

and two made this “High Cotton” Tree~


You could use a tomato cage,  any garden stand item, or cone shaped object   to wrap ANY garland around to make a tree.  I have seen beautiful garlands of hydrangeas and mixed florals at craft stores that would make wonderful “trees”


I was able to attach the wired garland to the metal garden frame here and there, just by bending the stems around parts of the cage, or you can use small gauge wire to secure it in place.

high cotton tree

It just fits under the chandy!

Thanks so much for dropping by~I so appreciate your visits


Good news and bad news, this garland is available at

Bad news is that it’s full price, $40

garden stand or frame/Hobby Lobby, all spring is 40% off right now and don’t forget to use weekly coupon on things that aren’t on sale


I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Common Ground

It All Started with Paint

Seasonal Sunday

It’s Overflowing

Uncommon Designs

Between Naps on the Porch

The Dedicated House

The Scoop

Coastal Charm

The Gunny Sack

The Style Sisters

Savvy Southern Style

Work it Wednesday


11 Responses to “Creations, “High Cotton” Tree”
  1. This is gorgeous! Guess I will wait, however, for another sale. I like both pieces a lot.

  2. Jacqueline says:

    I love both the tree and the wreath. The wreath is perfect on your mantel with the frame and bunny. You did such a nice job. I love it when you find a fabulous sale!

  3. Mary says:

    Love your cotton garland Jenna and it’s so fun wrapped around your topiary form! There’s a restaurant in Charleston where we usually have Sunday brunch named High Cotton 🙂

  4. So glad you found the garlands on sale. I love your wreath and tree. Thanks for all the tips.

  5. laurie says:

    Well, I love both of them, Jenna. I’m glad to learn that it is not real cotton. I kept trying to figure out how I would make the cotton stems bend like that. I would love to get some of this garland at the price. I’ll be on the lookout. laurie

  6. Look like the real thing. Would love to find some of that at a bargain price.
    Love the wreath.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  7. Kim says:

    Your cotton tree is gorgeous! What a great cotton find at $10 each. I love how your wreath looks, especially with Mr. Bunny. Sometimes it’s amazing how something so easy can add so much charm! 🙂 I hope you have a great week – hopefully with nice, warm, Springy weather.

  8. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    I adore cotton boles!! My favorite wreath of all time is my cotton bole wreath.
    I wouldn’t never thought of making a cotton tree. Clever!
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    Have a great week,

  9. Wonderful high cotton creations.

    Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    – Alma, The Tablescaper

  10. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    Oh I love, love, love this. I have been dieing for some cotton. Love the tree and the wreath is stunning too. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  11. Suzan says:

    I need to find some of these wreaths – my mind is spinning out of control right now LOL – love the tree AND the wreath!
    Hopping over from Savvy Southern Style

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