Monday, October 29, 2012

Make It Monday! Bottle Brush Trees!

I'm sure you've seen some
of these little cuties around!

I love the vintage look, and they
are soooo simple to transform! 

I searched and searched for them,
and couldn't find them, and one
day decided to see if the green
ones would bleach!

So here's a little tutorial that will
take the mystery out of them!    

You can find these trees at Michael's.  They come in bags with different sizes for $22.
 Be sure to take your 40% off Michael's coupon!! They also have a tiny bag that are already natural, but no large naturals. I found them in a bag of different sizes
at Wal Mart, too. Don't buy the individual ones there, though.  I don't think they are sisal, but I'm pretty sure the ones in the bag are.

 Be sure to take your 40% off Michael's coupon!!

You will need just a few supplies!

~purchased trees
~regular bleach
~a bowl or bucket that your largest size tree
will fit in laying down
~a pair of tongs

Do this in a well ventilated area!

I used a 2 qt. bowl filled an inch below the top edge with water and 1 cup of bleach

If you use less bleach and it's not working very quickly, just add in a little more bleach.

Step 1

Remove tree from base.  Don't worry about
mashing the bristles.  You can make it look
great again after your all done!

Step 2

Put trees in water making sure they are completely immersed.  Some trees start
to lose their color right away, and others
take longer.  I don't know why it makes
the water brown, but eventually, the bleach
makes it clear again.

Step 3

Take the tongs and swish each tree around a bit to make sure the bleach penetrates into the middle of each one.

The tree in the picture above was bleaching much more quickly than the others.  You can also leave them a pale green
if you'd like.

Within about 5-15 minutes your trees should be
bleached back to their natural color!

If you have a tree/s that are taking longer,
just be patient and leave them in til they
are fully bleached. 

Step 4  

Rinse them out with cold water
and dry on a paper towel.  The bleachy
smell will dissipate as they dry!

YAY!!  Now you have some adorable trees
to decorate for the holidays!!

Keep an eye on the shop!
My decorated trees will soon be making
their debut!!

And please visit each "Make It Monday" for a fun holiday DIY project!

The first Blissful Whites Wednesday was
a wonderful success!  Come join the party this
Wednesday, won't you? The link will be
up Tuesday evening!!

 Have a lovely week! 
Hugs and Joy to you!


Sandi said...

I have heard of this, but have never tried it. I will have to do this! Happy Monday! :)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I tried this last year for the first time, Becky, and have hopes of doing more again this year. I thought they were so fun to decorate afterward.

tattered elegance said...

thank you thank you thank you!! can't wait to try

AllyJo said...

A really good idea. Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to try this.
Blessings to you.

Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

I love bottle brush trees and this is an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

Marydon said...

Going to try this! Stunning ... TY for sharing.

Rita said...

Becky what a great project! Thank you for sharing. Ciao Rita

Kar said...

How great is this! Thanks Becky for sharing. Love those trees! :)

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

I did this last year! I love my little white trees!!


Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Thanks for sharing this. I found many sizes in the white and have had fun with new ideas for our crafty affair in Nov.
Hoping your weather is good to you and have a great week.

"Create Beauty" said...

What a FABULOUS idea!!!
and your tree vignette is lovely!

~ Violet

Gypsea said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I have been wondering where to get those trees too!

Katherine Wolak said...

Thank you for sharing this with us! I would have never even thought of this and its such a brilliant look! :D Yours are lovely!


Debbie said...

What a wonderful tutorial...I think I might try this...Hope all is well! HUGS

Dorthe said...

They looks so much more beautiful,Becky.
I tryed last year, and made the mistake to let some lay too long, which resulted in a totally transparent tree :-)
Thankyou for the tutorial, and the great photoes.


Would like to get some, but here in France we don't have any ! Even green !!

Rose Garden Romantic said...

I tried this last year and loved the results! It is so easy! I am definitely planning to do lots more this year!

Cynthia said...

I have heard of this process. I may have to try it. I love Bottle Brush trees.

Thanks for sharing this.


Celestina Marie said...

Hi Becky, I will be sure to try this. Just stunning results. Thank you for sharing.
Adding glitter after the bleaching would be fabulous too.
See you Wednesday.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Totally cool - I'm going to be doing this!
So did you put water and bleach in your bucket?

Donna W said...

I love bottle brush trees, and can't wait to try bleaching some! Thanks so much for the great tips!!

Pendra said...

I never knew you could do this...I have a bunch of green trees. I am soooo gonna try this, thanks for the tutorial!
Crafty Hugs,

Barbara Jean said...

thank you so much. nice you do not have to fill whole bowl with bleach. think the smell would knock me over. =)


Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Thanks for your hints, Becky! I've tried it before, and must have needed to add more bleach! Yours turned out wonderfully! I love creating with bottle brush trees and have a collection of old trees, too!

Heaven's Walk said...

What an awesome project, Becky!!! I love this! I'll never look at those little green trees the same way again. :) I'll bet that after you bleach them, you could dye them pink....? :)

xoxo laurie

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Thanks for sharing this--the idea of dying them pink after bleaching does sound fun too!

Faye said...

I did this last winter and it was a blast (I did a tutorial too...great minds we have!) I also dyed some of them pink with Rit dye, turned out so cute and so easy to do!

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