How to Color Bottle Brush Trees

I’ve seen lots of colorful trees this year & they come with a bit of a price tag. I’d seen a couple tutorials floating around the internet & decided to give it a go. The outcome is so pretty & they are sooooo much easier than I’d imagined. Not even as messy as I’d expected either.

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They’re just so pretty I can’t stop staring at them! I would’ve done more pink & girly, bright colors, but I’m planning to use them for “Frozenland.” Yes, I’m obsessed; stay tuned for that! I just had to do at least one pink to see how it turned out. Wouldn’t they be gorgeous in a baby nursery or kid’s playroom? Tucking that idea away for later.

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Alright, here’s how this went down…First, get a variety of trees. You can buy them individually or in big packages & they’re basically everywhere right now. However, be warned that the wire trees will not change color. I had a few of those mixed in, I think they came from the Dollar Tree, go figure.

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Fill the sink with hot water & bleach. You can do half & half for instant effect or mix 1 part bleach with 4 parts water for a slower change. I did the latter than added more after I removed a few that I wanted to stay minty. The longer you leave them in & the more bleach you add, the whiter they’ll get.

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I wanted to keep some in the pretty green shades before they turned totally white so I took them out sooner. Rinse them all off after removing them from the bleach mixture.

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Mix a 1/4 c. RIT fabric dye to 1 c. of water (more dye if you want brighter, more vibrant colors) in mixing bowls for as many colors as you’d like to use.

*PS- Wear gloves!

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Then dip the trees in the dye. I let mine sit in the dye for about 30 sec. each. Leaving them in longer will achieve more vibrant colors. Then I rinsed them off & placed them on a towel to dry overnight.

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Then place them all around everywhere the next day!

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Just think, you could make an entire colored Christmas village!

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I really am happy with how these turned out & how easy they were. I think I’m going to go a little crazy with making 1,734 more next year. 😉

I hope you make some!

Blessings Y’all

Cathryne

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