How to make a christmas tree out of a bottle brush

These mini trees are absolutely adorable!

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There’s something so precious about miniatures, isn’t there? Take off something a few sizes or more and it will almost automatically become a cute and often perfect Christmas decoration, especially during the Christmas season. That’s why bottlebrush trees are one of the very best Christmas decorating ideas. Whether over a festive fireplace, under a Christmas tree, decorating a festive table or not, these shaggy trees that look evergreen but are often made of sisal make any space they decorate especially cute. They’re proof positive that sometimes something small can be mighty—festive, that is.

Bottlebrush trees first became popular decades ago, but they’ve made a big comeback thanks to a booming nostalgia for vintage Christmas decor. If you’d like to get in on the craze we’ve collected the coolest bottlebrush tree Christmas decorating ideas, including DIY Christmas centerpieces ideas, a cake topper, and even nifty place cards. And if you’re a DIYer, we also have projects that will let you make bottlebrush trees that are a beautiful bone white, or almost any hue of blue and green you can imagine. We also have crafts for making trees that shine like the sun on the snow. Most importantly, these bottle brush decorating ideas fit any style!

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DIY bottle brush trees are perfect for a festive retro style. They’re so easy to make and it’s possible to make a whole forest of bottle brush trees for your mantle!

I’ve been making these colorful bottle brush trees for years. They have such vintage appeal and look great in DIY festive decorations like this tinsel wreath or retro Christmas tree topper.

They’re even cute enough to leave up in January for non-holiday specific winter decor. (You may also like this fun tassel garland for winter.)

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DIY bottle brushes

Required materials

  • Sisal bottle brushes*
  • Bleach
  • Dyeing*
  • Plastic Cups for Dyeing
  • Wood blocks
  • Hot glue gun
  • Drill

* Bottle brush trees need to be madesisal for best results. Bleach doesn’t work on other brush types.

*Dyeing Alternatives for Coloring Bottle Brush Trees

In the past, I’ve had success using a few different things to dye trees. Color saturation varies, but these options allow for greater variety of colors.

  • Dyeing spożywczy
  • Diluted acrylic paint
  • Diluted chalk paint
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Bleaching the Bottle Brush Trees

You can use a simple bleach for faster results. Just stand nearby and don’t leave them submerged for too long.

I’ve also noticed that a new batch of bleach and water works better than an older one that you’ve been using. If you’re not getting the white trees you want, dump the solution and try a new batch with more bleach.

  1. Fill the container with bleach and water.
  2. Soak the trees."How
  3. Remove trees when they turn white."How
  4. Wash the bleach from the trees.
  5. Larger trees will need to be turned to get full coverage.

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How to Dyeing Bottle Brush Trees

Dyeing can stain surfaces, so work in an area that doesn’t matter or is easy to clean.

  1. Fill the containers with hot water.
  2. Add a couple of tablespoons of dye. Use more for a more vivid color. "How
  3. If you are using powder paint, mix the solution.
  4. Put the tree in the dye solution. In the case of a pastel tree, leave it on for only a few seconds. For lighter trees, let them sit longer.
  5. Eliminate the trees and let them dry on absorbent paper.

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Getting a Dip Dyeing Effect when Dyeinging Bottle Brush Trees

  1. Soak the top of the tree in the dye solution for a few seconds.
  2. Remove the tree and dip it into the dye right side up.
  3. Hold it for a few seconds before picking it up and let the bottom sit for a few more seconds.
  4. Dry on absorbent paper.

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How to brush trees with a pipe cleaner

Sometimes bleaching and dyeing trees with a bottle brush makes them look a little worse than wear and tear. Some of mine were lumpy.

Fortunately, this is easy enough to fix.

  1. It’s easier to fix the trees while they’re still wet. Hot water makes it easier.
  2. If necessary, straighten the shaft by bending the main wire.
  3. Usecomb with a brushcomb the bristles.
  4. Try to remove any lumps of snow.
  5. Brush until soft.
  6. Allow to dry and comb a little more if necessary.

Realization of wooden bases

God the look of the plastic bases, so I decided to upgrade them with wooden blocks.

There were also tufts of artificial snow on the trees I bought, which turned into a sticky mess when wet.

  1. Remove the plastic bases from the bottom of the tree. A slight twist makes them easier to remove."How
  2. Drill holes into wooden blocks. They can be painted or colored freely. You can even use wood slices for a natural look!"How
  3. You may need to remove the old glue or even trim the unsightly bristles before attaching the trees to the wood blocks."How
  4. You will need a slightly larger hole for larger trees.
  5. Use hot glue before inserting the thread into the hole.

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Storage of trees with a pipe cleaner

There is nothing sadder than a squashed pipe cleaner, so be careful when storing them.

I usually keep mine in a plastic bag. They provide each other with a pillow. Another good option is a box.

Don’t put anything heavy on them.

Keep them in a moderate and controlled environment. I haven’t had any yellow over time, but I’ve ruined other Christmas decor by storing it in a hot attic, so now I’m trying to be more careful.

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Easy to make Christmas decorations for your home.

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Bottle brush Christmas trees are very cool for easily adding a holiday feel to the space or piece and cost very little – they can be widely incorporated into Christmas décor and won’t break the bank. We’ve gathered some easy and cool crafts you can make for these holidays and all of the include bottle brush trees. Let’s begin!

This is a very creative and cool holiday sign for the holidays, it’s a Christmas tree sign composed fully of bottle brush trees in various colors. The idea is very simple and very interesting, it fits both indoors and outdoors and will be a nice alternative to an ordinary Christmas tree. Choose bolder colors to make your Christmas tree super cool!

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DIY Colorful Bottle Brush Christmas Tree Sign (via www. Deliciousanddiy. Com)

Simplify the celebrations with bottle holder trees! This consists of a wooden tray, some artificial snow, colorful trees with bottle brushes, a toy ornament and candles in the candlesticks. You can actually make the whole scene very fast, in a couple of minutes, and if you don’t like the elements, just swap them for different ones.

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Quick DIY Colorful Christmas Centerpiece with Bottle Brush Trees (via blissmakes. Com)

If you need eye-catching and creative Christmas decorations, this is what you want! These decorations are made of toy cars and trees with bottle brushes and are very chic and retro. These decorations can also make great Christmas gifts, get inspired!

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DIY Christmas Tree and Truck Decor (via thethingsshemakes. Blogspot. com)

Here’s another cool and cute Christmas ornament idea – a bottle brush tree in a jar with faux snow. This is a very simple idea to realize and you’ll make them fast and as many as you need. These can be also nice Christmas gifts if you’ve forgotten to buy some.

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DIY Christmas Tree in a Bottle Decoration (via Inspiracjebyd. blogspot. com)

This wreath looks very wintry and very cozy – it’s a white wreath with little bottle brush trees – what can be more natural than that? Go for neutral trees and a plaid ribbon and you’ll make a very cool Christmas decoration for your front door. Besides, making it isn’t difficult at all and won’t take much time. Merry Christmas!

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DIY Christmas Tree Wreath Bottle Brush (via aprettylifeinthesuburbs. com)

Create awesome colorful Christmas gift covers to make your gifts stand out. Decorate your gifts with bold bows and add small trees with bottle brushes with ornaments to keep the gift cooler. Bold and bright shades or go for traditional red, green and white and enjoy!

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DIY Bottle Cleaner Christmas Gift Cover (via www. vitaminihandmade. com)

Make awesome Christmas snowballs with bottle brush trees! These jars contain tree bottle brushes and artificial snow, so they look super natural and fresh. You can also add other objects like houses, snowmen and other things. Get inspired!

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DIY bottle toothbrush snowballs for Christmas (via www. acasarella. net)

I’m head over heels about this bold Christmas wreath! It looks frosty, cool and bold! It’s a chic white snowflake wreath decorated with colorful bottle brush trees done with colorful pompoms. Making it won’t take much time and its effect is cool – it’s so snowy!

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DIY Snowflake Christmas Tree Wreath Bottle Brush (via designimprovised. Com)

If you want to add a touch of vintage flair to your festive decor, make an awesome Christmas tree bottle brush attached to the spools and styled as mini ornaments. The bottle brush trees are in the style of artificial snow and mini ornaments and look very festive and cute.

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DIY Bottle Brush Christmas Trees on Spools (via www. petscribbles. com)

Last, but not least, are photo frames with a brush for the holidays: you can also shake them and give them away. These colorful bottle brush trees include wire handles on which you can place your photos, check out the tutorial, and make them!

Laura from Dacian Moon Handmade will show you how to do it in 4 easy steps.

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Required materials

– Bottle brush
– craft glue
– shimmer
– colored glass or plastic beads
– scissors
– Brush
– Eraser
– sheet of paper

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Step 1

Put the piece of paper in front of you …

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… Take a pipe cleaner and clean it.

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You should cut it in small steps until it looks like a tree.

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Step 2

Get the gum …

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… And fix the tree in the middle. It should be a large rubber band to support the tree. You can use Styrofoam, wood, or anything else strong enough to support your tree.

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Step 3

Spread the glitter on the paper …

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… then apply glue to the tree with a brush …

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Before the glue dries, wrap the tree over the glitter.

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Take care of the glitter on all sides.

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It will look like this.

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Step 4

The last step is to add a few balls, then place the glass / plastic beads in the glitter-free branches. They will stay in place thanks to the glue. I used a toothpick to put them in place.

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Your sapling will be a wonderful decoration.

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Isn’t this Bottle Brush Christmas Tree adorable? This Christmas tree will make a great table decoration for Christmas. Your child will be delighted that he made this Christmas decoration himself.

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So I fell in love with the brush trees. I have been collecting them for several years. Collecting them here and there and adding them to my collection.

But I wanted more.

I had a hard time finding anything other than the dark greens they sell in bags for use in your Christmas village. So I bought a bag of these for $ 10.00 as they were 50% off from Michaels and decided to give the DIY brush Christmas tree a try.

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 mixed 80% bleach and 20% water in a bowl. Then I added the trees and waited.

"HowLet them sit for a few minutes and they will magically transform into this!

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

"HowYou can take them out before they turn completely white if you wish. I’ve done this on some of them.

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Your bleach mixture gets dirty and dirty. If you do a lot, you may have to change your potion in half. The dirtier the mixture, the longer the trees will vanish.

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For larger trees you may need to get creative with your container.

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I love my little forest of pipe cleaner trees.

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I love the antique look of creamy white trees, but if you want a more colorful forest, whip out some spray paint and paint it or even use Rit dye. Also add small beads or gems to dress them up.

I decided to use them to decorate my fireplace in my family room.

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Let’s say the lighting in my family room is far from favorable even on a sunny day, so forgive the mediocre photos.

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I love my little forest.

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I can’t wait for my white paper and hyacinth bulbs to fill the space at either end of my fireplace

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I also love my new frame of joy! Thanks to Pinterest for that. You have found a cute heart shaped garland on the Cost Plus world market!

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I took a small step back from Christmas decorations due to Jim’s sudden eye surgery and church Christmas party decorations this week, but I’ll be back to the former next week with a full presentation of my Christmas decorations for you !

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MAMA has unveiled their awesome DIY Christmas tree made entirely from wine bottles.

Taking to the Facebook group Extreme Couponing & Bargains UK, she posted photos of and videos of the very unique tree.

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The tall tree is made up of over 100 empty Echo Falls wine bottles, which Mom then tied to a tier to mimic the Christmas spruce.

He topped the tree with a star and then added fairy lights which mean the bottles glow and glow in the dark.

Mia madre, tuttavia, non ha voluto rivelare come ha creato la sua creazione "unica nel suo genere".

Firmando il suo post, ha scritto: "Ho fatto il mio albero di Christmas con una bottiglia di vino 6 anni fa e va ancora forte".

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Since then, her post has gone viral, amassing over 3,000 likes and hundreds of comments from group members who have made a serious impression.

One joked: "Wow, did you drink a lot of wine? That sounds great."

"Penso che avrei potuto farlo per Christmas", ha detto un altro, e un terzo ha scritto: "Questa è un’opera d’arte 🙌🏼😂"

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A bottle tree made out of a Christmas tree

HGTV writer Felder Rushing is a longtime fan of the bottle tree, including one made from an old Christmas tree with Susan’s black-eyed vine.

Photo: Photo courtesy of Felder Rushing

Photo courtesy of Felder Rushing

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"Then a row of bare crepe myrtle trees appeared under a path that emerged from the deep trench of the Natchez Trail below, with each twig ending in a colorful bottle, green or blue. – Eudora Welty, "Livvie"

C’era una volta, gli alberi di bottiglia proiettavano così tanta luce caleidoscopica sui cortili delle strade di campagna nel sud-est che venivano chiamati "vetri colorati dei poveri".

Dra, as part of the recycling movement and growing popularity of folk art, easy-to-assemble garden decorations are back. Most home improvement stores offer kits, and high-class gardeners have artists reinterpreting a tradition that dates back centuries and is based on the belief that bottles capture evil spirits and protect the home.

"Nel corso degli anni ho sottoscritto un filo comune di conoscenza che fa risalire l’origine degli alberi da bottiglia nell’area africana del Congo nel IX secolo d. C.", afferma lo scrittore di HGTV Felder Rushing, che ha appena pubblicatoBottle trees and other whimsical glass art for the garden. "After extensive research, I find that bottle trees and their lore go back much farther in time…and that the superstitions surrounding them were embraced by most ancient cultures, including European….Clear glass was invented in Alexandria around 100 A. D. Soon around then, tales began to circulate that spirits could live in bottles—probably from when people heard sounds caused by wind blowing over bottle openings.”

In the United States, however, the practice of tree bottling was largely maintained by slaves and their descendants.

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Bottle tree

This bottle tree is made from recycled steel and used wine bottles in Guard’n The Planet, Texas.

Photo: Photo courtesy of Dave Goodwin

Photo courtesy of Dave Goodwin

"I always wanted one as a child, but my parents thought they looked too country, too tacky and too much a violation of the homeowners’ association,” says Mary Elizabeth Phillips, a North Carolina native who operates Guard’n the Planet, a gallery for sustainable art and homestead education near Fort Worth, Texas. "Now they’re an increasingly desirable, practical and beautiful way to lend sparkle and dashes of year-round color to a garden.”

To build a bottle tree, first select your trunk and make sure it can stand up on its own. Gli alberi morti sono ampiamente utilizzati e i mirti e i cedri sono i preferiti naturali per le loro forme nodose e la resistenza. Sempre più spesso, tuttavia, i giardinieri scelgono materiali artificiali: grandi pioli con chiodi che sporgono come "rami", tondini o materiali per saldatura di metalli e persino semplici forchette con denti sugli arti.

"Temo che le estremità della maggior parte dei rami degli alberi viventi possano cedere sotto il peso delle bottiglie, così che le bottiglie cadano, il che potrebbe spiegare perché il mio ricordo lontano e assonnato degli alberi delle bottiglie nella Carolina del Nord sono bottiglie che si trovano alle estremità di alberi morti. ”Dice Phillips, i cui alberi delle bottiglie sono realizzati in acciaio riciclato. "I don’t, however, think bottles will damage living trees, other than perhaps accumulate moisture inside them and create conditions favorable for disease. Dovrebbe essere monitorato".

Richard George, un maestro di giardinaggio di Macon, in Georgia, ha commissionato un alberello di bottiglia "oggetto trovato" all’artista Zoë Alexandra, che ha perquisito la discarica per decorare i suoi giardini, enfatizzando la fantasia e la narrazione. "There’s a ‘repurposing’ of found objects for creative expression that I find very satisfying,” Alexandra says, "and this metal is always twisted, broken and bent, which emulates trees.”

Backyard crafters recommend mounting the bottles at an angle, at least six inches apart, so they don’t bang against each other in strong winds. Molti giardinieri vendono apposta per questo scopo, principalmente cobalto, per via della loro associazione costiera con "haint blue", usato come talismano in altri contesti contro il male. (Rushing jokingly named the bottles Transparency of silica, per "vetro trasparente" e descrive "cultivar" come "Latte di Magnesia" blu.)

"Another reason I like blue bottles,” adds Phillips, "is that they echo the idea of sky and water, and offset the ‘hot’ colors in my Texas garden. Df course, I also enjoy the wine and sake that comes in those colors, so there’s that added bonus of recycling.”

Legend has it that when the morning sun hits the bottles, evil spirits evaporate along with all the other friendlier libations.

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The great thing about creating these trees is that the sky is the limit! You can dye them any color to suit any holiday or special occasion. To look even further, use a paintbrush to apply a thin layer of glue, then roll the tree into a pile of mica or glitter. Dnce you tap off the excess you’ll have a shimmery tree that is ready to decorate any project. These trees are perfect for shadow boxes and if you pin the back of the tree to keep it flat, it makes a great decoration for a card or pendant. Go crazy with this technique!

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This sculpture was painted with chalkboard paint so that the Halloween mood can be added with chalk and changed easily.

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You will need

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Mix 3 parts of water and 1 part of bleach in a bowl. Put the brush shaft in the mixture and let it soak until it turns whitish. Remove the tree from the mixture and rinse well with cold water. Dsusz drzewo ręcznikiem papierowym, a następnie pozostaw do całkowitego wyschnięcia.

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For a single color tree, use the ink spray directly on the tree. Work on blotting paper or newspaper in a cardboard box.

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For a multicolored tree, mix water and sprinkle the ink into a bowl or cup. Dip the tree about two-thirds into the mixture.

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dry the tree completely. If you soak the tree again before it’s completely dry, the new color will cause it to bleed, so be patient! Mix the water with the second color of the ink spray and dip the tree about a third into the mixture. Let the tree dry completely again. If you want, accent the tree with beads, glitter, or anything else you like.