Bottle Brush Trees
Are All Bottle Brush Trees Created Equal?
So, the traditional bottle brush trees are made out of sisal. This is a natural fiber from the leaves of an Agave plant. Well, last year, I bought a few bottle brush dark green trees and tried to bleach them, unbeknownst to me they were made of some synthetic material and the dye was set into the fibers. After a couple of bottles of bleach, I gave up and now I own a ton of green trees. Sisal trees, on the other hand, are dye a color that can be stripped out by bleach. And underneath the top layer of color is a gorgeous natural light tan color tree.
Can You Make Your Own Bottle Brush Trees?
Yes, you can make your own bottle brush trees and I hope to publish a post in the near future. I have the trees made and they came out a bit more earthy than the store bought ones. I made them from sisal rope and wire and I’m super surprised how easy of a project it is. So stay tuned for that post.
How Long Do You Bleach The Trees For?
What is the Best Way To Color the Trees?
So, I can be a bit obsessive when it comes to crafts and I have colored my bottle brush trees in many ways. So, I have spray painted them as well, as painted them with acrylic paint. I found the prettiest and most vibrant colors are derived from Tom Holtz Ink Dye. There is nothing comparable to his dyes.
How to Make Bottle Brush Holiday Trees
Bottle Brush Holiday Trees Supplies:
Bottle Brush Holiday Trees Directions:
Next, you’ll want Tim Holtz distress ink spray, here is the Amazon link: sprays. I bought 3 colors and only used 2 of them.
The colors can be pretty intense, and if you are looking for a lighter look, dunk your sprayed tree in a bowl of water until you achieve the shade you want.
Here is a Helpful Video Tutorial for Spraying Bottle Brush Trees
Next, you’ll want Tim Holtz distress ink spray. Once they are bleached, rinse well with water. Then allow them to dry thoroughly.
Then you can paint a layer of Elmers or tacky glue on the outside. Sprinkle or roll it in the glitter of your choice. I had bought the colored glitter but ultimately I loved the white glitter
Other Techniques to Color Bottle Brush Trees
So, if you choose not to color your bottle brush trees with the Tim Holtz inks then the above trees are the results of the alternatives.
The first one is craft paint that is painted on with a watercolor brush. I found it is a more opaque look and not very vibrant in color. Also, it was a very labor intense job, but the colors available are pretty incredible.
The second tree is colored by a spray can. And this is somewhat vibrant and super easy to spray in just a couple minutes the job was done.
And finally, the last tree is a bleached natural tree. It is a very beautiful tree and I love the light color.