bottlebrush trees

I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to figure this one out…

Start with those cheapy trees that come in a bag of like 20 at the craft store…

Greentrees

Dunk them in a bleach/water combo. The more bleach you use the faster the color will be removed, but also the stinkier it will be. My first try I used a little bleach, maybe a couple of capfuls, and filled up the tiny side of my sink with water. It took about all day to get a white tree. The next try I dumped rather alot of bleach in there, and in about 5 minutes, I had white trees…

Bleachtree

Then, voila! I was going to run out and get some RIT dye and get some nice vintagey colors going, but my car is currently stuck in my icy driveway… I think the white is rather nice! I added some glass glitter to one, a bit of tarnished tinsel to another. I’m going to bleach the whole bag of trees and have a white bottlebrush forest to accompany my not yet made glittery cardboard vintage- village (maybe I’ll get to that one next year!)

Whitetrees_2
It would also be nice to pull off those plastic snow bases, and maybe use wooden discs at the bases for a more authentic look.

8 Responses to bottlebrush trees

  1. I love it! I have that same huge bag and so want white!!! You are sooooo smart! Thanks!

  2. Those look fantastic! What an inspired idea.

  3. How very very clever!
    They look wonderful!

  4. That’s a great crafty idea. I love the bottle brush trees.
    Have fun.
    Happy Holidays!

  5. Way cool Jenn! I’ve seen people bring them down to a pretty light green, but nowhere near a perfect white yet.
    OH and congratulations on a great ebay round last week! Guess I’ll always be glad for the one I got on etsy ;-)

  6. as a fan of bottle brush trees
    i have to say what an inspired craft idea
    and i agree a different base would be better but, yeah there’s always next year to do that…

  7. That’s genius! I love the white trees!

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