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Dyed Bottle Brush Trees

November 26, 2014

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I’ve seen these trees floating around pinterest for a while and has been something I wanted to try. I wasn’t sure this would work so we started with a few trees and a few colors but they turned out great, and I’m ready to grow our little forest!

DIY Bottle Brush Trees | happyapple.us

First you need bottle brush trees. You can find these at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby or even online here. ┬áTo strip the color from the trees I mixed up 2 parts hot water with 1 part bleach in a bucket and then dipped in the trees. This started working almost immediately and didn’t take long to strip the color completely.

DIY Bottle Brush Trees | happyapple.us
After the color was stripped I rinsed all the trees with cool water to remove any remnant of the bleach. Even just stripped of color they are beautiful aren’t they? Maybe I’ll have to make a white forest as well.

DIY Bottle Brush Trees | happyapple.us

I then used a blue and green dye to color the white trees. I left them in for varying amount of times and in fact I think the trees with the lighter colors are my favorite. But play around with it until you get colors that you like.

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I rinsed them again with cool water and left them on a paper towel to dry.

DIY Bottle Brush Trees | happyapple.us

I love how they turned out and am looking forward to getting more colors and more trees to fill the length of my table.

DIY Bottle Brush Trees | happyapple.us

DIY Bottle Brush Trees | happyapple.us

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