I blame Target for this. 100%. Their Christmas decor this year? Spot on. I mean seriously. I make multiple trips their
daily weekly and you can not leave there empty handed. This year I have fallen in love with the bottle brush trees and I know I am not alone in this. You know the ones I’m talking about.
I can’t pass them up. But the problem is I want all the trees. Can’t have them though. Even with the great sales and prices I just can’t justify it. BUT (there’s always a but, isn’t there?) I can make them on my own at a fraction of the cost right? And after this, you can too. You’re welcome.
DIY Dyeing Bottle Brush Trees
The one thing I will say about this project is that although the steps are quick and easy you need to allow for drying times. It makes a great weekend project.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
You will need the following supplies:
- Bottle Brush Trees I ordered mine online but I’m sure you can get some at any local craft store. This deal I found was too good to pass up.
- RIT Dye in assorted colors
- Modge Podge
- Glitter or sparkles if you want to take your trees to the next level. 😉
- Foam brushes
- Paper plates, aluminum tins, canning jars, tongs, rubber gloves
Step 2: Bleaching Your Trees
I used equal parts bleach and water. The longer you immerse the trees in the mixture the lighter they become. I bleached mine a few different ways. I did some in canning jars and others in disposable foil trays. I highly recommend using tongs to rotate the trees as well. The bleach odor can be strong at times as well so be sure you are in a well ventilated area if the odor bothers you.
The bleach and water will get murky and cloudy looking as the green comes off the trees. Once you are satisfied with the level of bleaching remove the trees and rinse well under running water. I let my trees dry overnight before starting the next step. Although you may opt to keep a few trees un-dyed as I did. I mean look at them…so pretty and simple.
Step 3: Dyeing Your Trees
There are lots of color variations you can do. For my first attempt I chose 2 shades of pink, a yellow, and a teal-turquoise color. I eyeballed the amount of dye I used. Place the trees in the dye. You can do various shades of each color depending on the length of time you allow the trees to soak in the dye. I recommend using rubber gloves and tongs to protect your hands from the dye.
I removed the trees and let them drip dry on paper towel overnight.
Step 4: Embellishing Your Trees
You may choose to end this DIY with step 3. However, should you opt to add a little sparkle to your trees gather your Modge Podge and sparkles, a paper plate, and your foam brushes. Brush Modge Podge onto the trees; keep in mind that it dries clear so don’t worry about the little gobs you will see. Next, for the smaller trees roll the tree in the sparkles. For the bigger trees I used another foam brush with a light coat of Modge Podge dipped in the sparkles and brushed it on the tree’s branches.
Again, let dry. The look is soft and subtle or can be more heavy handed depending on how much Modge Podge and sparkles you use. I did a couple variations; some had more sparkles because I liked the flocked look it gave some of the trees.
Step 5: Display and Enjoy
That’s it! Once your trees are dried you can display them throughout your home and holiday displays. I love the vintage retro look it gives. You can’t beat the price either. This 21 pack of trees and supplies was less than 2 of the trees I purchased. I may have even bought a second pack of trees just to have on hand so I can repeat this project next year (or even in a week or two) in additional colors. They also would make a cute gift for someone or as a topper on a package.
Are you enamored with the bottle brush tree trend right now? Is this something you see yourself trying?