So here is my favorite way to gift those colorful bottle brush trees I shared last week. It’s an updated version of the DIY snow globes I first shared a few years ago, and I love how the pop of color makes them modern and super fun. Here’s how to make your own. Read More
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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.
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’ve been seeing peeks into the fun I’ve been having with bottle brush trees over here. So I wanted to share some things I’ve been working on, because they make quick and easy gifts, are so fun, and are I know you will want to make these as much as I do. So first up in my bottle brush series is how to bleach bottle brush trees. It’s really super easy!
What you’ll need:
- bottle brush trees (available at most craft stores, but I bought these online – get a bunch, this is addicting)
- a small tub or bucket
- tongs (like ones you use in your kitchen)
- a well-ventilated area (I did these by my kitchen sink near two open windows
- rubber gloves and a mask if you’d like (I used neither)
- paper towels on the ready
How to bleach the trees:
- Remove all of your bottle brush trees from packaging.
- Mix about 1/2 bleach and 1/2 hot water in your tub.
- Immerse your trees (you can do one at a time, a few together, or all of them at once) into the bleach mixture. You’ll see some color come off immediately. Some of my trees turned white really quickly, and others took a few minutes.
- Once your tree is the shade of white you want (they are more of an antique, yellowed white than a bright white) remove them one at a time with your tongs and rinse under cold water.
- Stand them up on paper towels to dry (I lined a cookie sheet with paper towels and placed them on it so I could move it out of the way if necessary).
If you want a minty green color tree like some of the ones above, take them out of the bleach before they turn white. I made some mint colored ones too, and used them to decorate Charlie’s teacher gifts this year.
Ok, start bleaching those trees! Because next I have a DIY for dip dyeing them, and this is just the first step. Stay tuned. And follow along on instagram for more DIY sneek peeks and Pinterest for lots of ideas on what to do with these guys (I’ve got my favorite idea coming up tomorrow!)