You may be seeing these colorful little bottle brush trees all over Pinterest and Instagram this holiday season. They are even selling them at Anthropologie. But if you don’t want to spend the money on ones that are already made, I’m sharing how to DIY them yourself. And they are easy! Warning: these are way addicting and if you are making them for gifts you are going to want to keep them for yourself. That’s why I decided to repost this DIY I shared last year – happy dip dyeing!
What you’ll need:
- Bleached bottle brush trees (make them here)
- Rit dye (or pretty much any kind of dye you want to use) I used this one and this one.
- a cup taller than your largest tree
- rubber gloves
- paper towels
How to make them:
- First, you need to make sure you have bleached your trees, per my tutorial here.
- Once your bleached trees are dry they are ready to dye.
- Mix your colors. I used half liquid Rit dye, 1/2 hot water in a plastic cup.
- Dip your tree. You can dip dye them half way for a color blocked effect or dye them all the way for a bit, then halfway for a bit longer for an ombré effect.
- After you’ve dyed it the way you like, rinse in cold water till water runs clear.
- Stand trees on paper towel to dry (I lined a cookie sheet with paper towels to dry mine so I could move them to another location easily if necessary)
- Let dry for a few hours or overnight.
Aren’t these just the happiest little trees? There are so many ways you can use them for holiday decor – I love just lining them up and displaying them on a shelf or mantle. And I’m sharing my two favorite ways to incorporate them into gifts in the coming days, so come back for more reasons to make these (as if you needed them!) And follow along on instagram for more DIY sneak peeks and Pinterest for lots of ideas on what to do with these guys.
If you follow me on instagram you saw I was busy making some fun fall goodies over the weekend. These DIY succulent pumpkins combine two of my favorite things: succulents and cute mini pumpkins. They are so easy to make, look fancier than just displaying mini pumpkins, make for great fall decor, and are also great for gifting! I made all of these while my older son and my husband carved a jack-o-lantern.
What You’ll Need:
- a variety of small succulents
- a variety of mini pumpkins and gourds (the smallest ones and the knobby gourds are harder to work with)
- a sharp paring knife
- a spoon for scooping
How To Make Them:
- As with carving a regular size pumpkin, cut the top off of the mini pumpkin or gourd with a paring knife. I tried a variety of sizes and found a small but sharp paring knife to work best, and feel the safest.
- Once you’ve cut the top off, scoop out most of the guts of the pumpkin.
- Choose one of your succulents and plant it inside the empty pumpkin. I found that the dirt that came with the plant was enough to fill the pumpkins, but if you choose a larger one you may need more.
- Display, gift, and enjoy! They are seriously that simple.
Don’t you love!? These are my new go-to decor for fall. I think I love them as much, or maybe more, than my bottle brush tree snow globes that are my Christmas DIY go-to! I’d love to see these if you make them, so be sure to post on instagram and tag them with #ohlovelyDIY so I can see!
Long before I created our full-sized chalkboard wall, I dreamed of a chalkboard wall. But I’m a renter. And using black chalkboard paint to cover one giant wall is not very landlord friendly. I was also a little afraid of the dust that the chalk would create. But then I collaborated with The Land of Nod to create a shared art room and office space and I revisited the idea of the chalkboard wall. After a lot of brainstorming and research I found a great solution for creating a full-sized chalkboard wall with little to no commitment: chalkboard contact paper!
As you can see, Charlie loves it, and spends a lot of time at his chalkboard. He usually doesn’t erase until he’s completed a “scene” on the entire board, so I only have to do a dust clean-up once every week or two instead of constantly. And it took me 30 minutes and around $30 to make, and I can remove it super easily if necessary.
Want to make your own? Head over to Momtastic where I shared a full DIY here.
Don’t forget to check out the completed art room project here and enter my giveaway with The Land of Nod here, or head to my instagram feed. I’m @ohlovelyday.