bottle brush tree tutorial
{from your homebased mom}

by @according2kelly on November 22, 2013

for the entire month of november we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season.


so dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. rev up your mixers, & visit a southern fairytale for lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss.

today, our featured blogger is leigh anne, the blogger behind one of my absolutely favorite blogs – your homebased mom.

bottle brush tree tutorial

Bottle Brush Trees

I have been a collector of bottle brush trees for several years now.  Picking them up here and there and adding to my collection.

But if I wanted anything other than the standard green ones they sell at craft stores they were rather spendy.

I was having a hard time finding anything but the dark green ones they sell by the bagful to use with your Christmas village.  So I bought a bag of those for $10.00 as they were 50% off at Michaels and decided to try some DIY Bottle Brush Christmas Trees.

I didn’t want dark green trees though.  I wanted more of a vintage look to the trees so a friend told me you could bleach them so I decided to give it a try.  Guess what?!  It works!!!

I put together a mixture of 80%bleach and 20%water in a bowl.  I then added in the trees and waited.

Let them sit for several minutes and they will magically turn into this!

Use your metal tongs to remove them from the bleach and then rinse under water.

You can pull them out before they turn totally white if you like.  I did that on a few of them.  I liked having a variation in color.

I had to change my bleach out a couple of times as it will get dirty and sludgie as you go.  If you are doing a lot you may need to change your mixture out more out more than once.  The dirtier the mixture gets the longer it will take for the trees to bleach out.

For the bigger trees you may have to get creative with your container.

I love my little forest of bottle brush trees.

I love the vintagey look of the creamy white trees but if you want a more colorful forest get out some spray paint and paint away or even use Rit dye.  I made some various shades of red and pink for Valentine’s Day. You can dress them up as much as you want and even add little beads or jewels to them.

I decided to use them to dress up my mantel in the family room.

Let’s just say the lighting is less than favorable in my family room even on a sunny day so please excuse the mediocre photos.

I love my little forest.

For some other fun holiday ideas check out these:

Christmas ideas

How to Decorate  Christmas Tree Christmas Decor Ideas – Christmas Minute to Win It Games

Leigh Anne

I’m Leigh Anne and food, family and friends are three of my favorite things. I am the mother of four young adults, a new mother in law and am still trying to adjust to life as an empty nester along with my husband of over 30 years. I love throwing parties, burying my head in a book and digging in the dirt in my garden. My husband would tell you I love making messes in the kitchen and craft room and finding junk (treasures) at Goodwill. I believe that life is beautiful and it is up to us to find and create that beauty. I love sharing my journey to finding the pretty and delicious in life over at Your Homebased Mom. You can also visit me on FacebookPinterest, Twitter or Instagram.

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This is a really clever idea. I'm going to have to share it with my mom because she collects vintage bottle brush trees!

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