Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pink Bottle Brush Christmas Tress

Today we were suppose to have Sunshine
But like we all know can't always
count on the weather reports to be right...
And my plan was to get started on my
Bottle Brush Trees...

It's a bit of a process and can be a little bit messy
Start with the Bleach, now that is so
toxic it has to be done outside
I get a plastic container I use a
wastebasket and fill it up
with the bleach enough to
have the trees completely emerged
and then dunk in the trees

And then let them soak.....
and soak....
and soak...
a rinse bath and they are white...

Next a dip in
the colorful dye mixture
leave in to desired color

And then out they come to dry
I think my total today dodging the rain
was 54 Trees

Wow that was a whole lot of work
But the outcome is wonderful
Next my daughter and I will add some bling
( I'll share some pics during that process )
and then get them in my Etsy Shop!
Thanks for stopping by hope you
enjoyed my little tutorial!


Incipient Wings said...

i like how you show the process...and they come out so beautiful and vibrant.

Liszha said...

Thanks for the tutorial. Hope to find brushes like that here in the Netherlands!

sissie said...

Hi Diane,
What a great and simple project. I always see bottle trees that are dirty and I pass them up. I didn't realize you could bleach them! Thanks for the tip.


BucksCountyFolkArt said...

Isn't it fun dying bottle brush trees? They come out in such bright, vibrant colors. I've seen some artists color them to look like candy corn! Very cute!


ps Oh! I'm having a Halloween Give-Away! Stop by if you're interested. Picking a winner Sat.

Debbie said...

Cute, cute, cute! I guess you could do them in any color! Great decorating item for Christmas. I'm off to see the Etsy shop! I'll keep checking for these!

Into Vintage said...

I've always wanted to try this and I didn't realize how simple the process was until now. Thanks! said...

Your dye vat is so pretty!!

GardenofDaisies said...

You make it sound so easy! Where do you find all your tree to begin with? When you decorate the trees, do you use a spray glue? Or do you just dollop a bit of white craft glue wherever you need it?

creation said...

hi Diane
how are you doing ,
this pink bottle brush trees are simply beautiful , thanx for sharing .

Sandy at Teacup Lane said...

Hi Diane,
Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my blog and becoming a follower! I'm so glad you found me on Flickr! I was just looking at your post on the pink vintage bottle brush trees last night. I don't have any of those and think they are so cute. In fact your whole blog is just eye candy to me. You are so talented. I have saved almost every card sent to me since we got married 36 years ago. This winter I hope to go through all the cards to see what I can use for crafting. I also want to pull out all of the ones from our parents and other loved ones to keep. I also have my hubby's baby cards thankfully because his Mom saved them. I'm thinking of scanning the ones I want to use for tags, garlands etc. Even retired I don't have enough time to do all that I want to do. LOL! Have a lovely day!

Sandy said...

These are so wonderful!!!! I saw bags of these at Michaels but they had "snow" on them, does tht matter????? Thanks for the tutorial...and the wastepaper basket and vase are such good ideas for containers!

NanE said...

Holy cow!! All this time I have been wondering where people find all the sweet pastel colored trees and come to find out you can make them yourself?! Diane you are a genius! Are these the trees you buy at Wally world, K-mart etc to adorn lighted villages? I can't wait to see what you do with these next. Thank you so much for sharing, blessings, Nan

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

You've got that down to a science...awesome. They look so pretty. I can't wait to see the decorated ones!

GeorgiaPeachez said...

The perfect shade of pink! xo, suzy

Scrap for Joy said...

Hi Diane~
This is a great tutorial! I've seen the bleaching process done before but not the trees-SWOON! Your blog is always an inspiration...if only there were 28 hours in a day!
Have a fun weekend!

Tobi Britton* said...

LOL Are we related?? :)

Creative Breathing said...

Thank you so much for sharing this process. The green ones are so ugly in the store, I didn't know you could bleach them. Off to get ugly green trees! Wonderful post! Elizabeth

Sandy Michelle said...

I've been looking for pink trees! I'm sending an e-mail now.

Sandy xox

Malisa said...

How cool! Who knew it would be that easy? Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial! I will be using this!


twinkleshabbystar said...

EEEK!!!! Love the pink christmas trees Miss Diane! What a simple and easy tutorial. You are such a sweetheart to share with us. Now you get to do the fun part. Sugar and bling them up! This post has me excited for Christmas now. :) XO,Jenn

Ellen said...

absolutely those pink bottle brush trees!

" SHABBY JUNK" said...

Thanks Diane, I knew how to bleach them out and have done many so far. I was dying with food coloring which was not that good. I even tea dyed some. Love all your trees and decor. judy