I sure hope you like colorful Christmas decor, because today’s project has endless color possibilities! Not only can you customize your bottle brush trees to match your own holiday theme, but you can do so in a matter of minutes.
And what’s great is that you can use the leftover dye to make this colorful wooden bead garland. Two projects for the materials of one! What’s not to love?!
Here’s how to dye bottle brush trees:
– Natural bottle brush trees (sisal trees)
– Warm water
– Small container
– Paper towel / cloth
For a more in-depth explanation of how to dye bottle brush trees, be sure to check out my latest YouTube video! Starting with white or natural trees will ensure the best color results.
For a more in-depth explanation of how to dye bottle brush trees, be sure to check out my latest YouTube video!
A Quick How-To:
Hold the base of the tree and dip into the dye bath. Gently move the tree in a circular fashion for a minute or two. Lift up to check on the color development; leave in the solution if it needs more time. Only dip your bottle brush tree in part way if you are looking to create an ombre effect.
Once your desired color is achieved, remove from the dye bath, and pat with a paper towel. Set upright on a covered surface and allow to dry overnight.
I don’t rinse my bottle brush trees after the dye for two reason. One– I prefer the bright colors. It also takes less time when dyeing since you won’t rinse any of the color away. Two– since they’re decor and won’t come in contact with water, it’s easier to just pat dry.
I did this project a year ago and the trees have held up just fine. I’m all for crafting shortcuts and this one just makes sense!
The great thing about this project is that you can use the remaining dye (in the same container) to make the colorful wooden bead garland I made last week! Instead of tossing out the dye, just toss in some beads! I used the colors from our wedding, so it’s been nice to weave that into our holiday decor this year.
You can display your Christmas trees around your home, add them as gift toppers, or place in Christmas village. For another fun idea, be sure to come back tomorrow! I’m going to be sharing a fun idea for what you can make with your bottle brush trees once they’re dyed!