Monday, November 29, 2010

Bleaching & Dyeing Bottle Brush Christmas Trees

This was such a fun and easy project that I thought I would re-post it this year in case anyone missed it last year. Enjoy!

Have you ever wondered how to get those cool looking cream and colored bottle brush trees. Well I finally tried it this year and it worked!

First of all they come that dark green with the white snow on them and usually a bag full of them. I got a bag of 16--assorted sizes--at Big Lots for 6.99.

This is what I ended up with after bleaching and dyeing. I think they turned out quite pretty!

To bleach your little trees fill a sink about half full or so of water and add a good cup or so of bleach and then pop your trees in. See the dark green one--that was their original color. Let them sit and soak for a long, long time! In fact you'll probably wonder if it's going to even work, but it will. It took my trees each a good 2 hours before they bleached out and sometimes the little white snow won't come off--don't worry about it. You can try and pick it off too.

After the bleaching process was done I then drew up a sink of cold water and added a cup or so of vinegar and rinsed the trees in this. The vinegar will neutralize the bleach.

The light green tree in the top photo is one I took out part way through bleaching. The pink ones I dyed using Easter egg dye. Just mix up the dye tablet per package instructions--I put mine in a mason jar--then add your tree and shake and voila! A colored tree. And they take the dye quite well, so don't leave them in the dye for very long. Then you can add glitter and baubles if you want.

And that's all there is to creating your own beautiful vintage looking bottle brush trees! See I told you it was easy!


Gayle said...

These are so pretty Cathy! I'll have to try and make some this year too! Hope things are going well for you!

The Rusty Teapot said...

They are so pretty, I got a small tree from the thrift shop today and I want to try this. Not sure if its made out of the same as yours but I will give it a go and if it works I'll post about it! Thanks for posting this it looks FAB!

Denise * KKL Primitives said...

How pretty! Thank you for sharing how you did this!

Peg Woropay said...

These trees are very cool and when they are bleached...WOW, REALLY COOL. What a good idea!

FourSistersInACottage said...

Hi Cathy,
You are now on my blog roll and I have become a follower.
I CANNOT thank you enough for showing the step by step directions for these darling trees.
I am soaking mine now in hopes they become UNGREEN......LOL
Amy (Mom to the Four Sisters)

Faye said...

Hi Cathy, This is so cool! I wondered about bleaching trees and then dying them but didn't think it would really work. I'm so glad I found you and thank you so much. I have 2 I picked up at the thrift store and I'm going to try it today. Thanks and Merry Christmas!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

I am in the process of doing exactly this!! Just put the trees in the bleach bath and wondered how long it was supposed to take. One of my bloggy friends just did this but I can't remember which one so I googled it and your blog came up! thanks so much for the info AND for the method for dyeing them! I will have to try that too - next year though i'm running out of time for projects this year!
Blessings on your holiday season!