I fell in love with Bottle Brush Christmas Trees many years ago and have managed to collect a few 😉 Every year I look forward to setting up my Snowbabies to frolic in frosty forests throughout the house. Last Christmas, I began to custom dye tree’s to give as gifts. This year, with a piece of Christmas decor as my colour inspiration, I customized my very own frosty forest. You can make them any colour to suit your own decor.
Here’s how to make your own frosty forest.
You’ll need a package of LEMAX trees. I purchased these at Michael’s, with a 50% off coupon. Of course they’re green, but not for long 😉
You’ll also need a bottle of plain house hold bleach and dyes to match your Christmas decor. I chose Petal Pink, Aqua and Lime Green.
Fill the sink with equal amounts of bleach and warm water. Submerge all your Green LEMAX trees into the bleach bath. If you have pets, cover the sink for safety.
You’ll want to leave them bleach for at least 30 minutes….why not have lunch with a friend?
Once all your trees are pristine white, empty the sink and rinse each tree well with clear water. Dry on an old towel overnight. I like to fluff them while they dry (when you wander by).
Now the fun part begins. Using tall jars, mix your dyes. I use 2 Tbsp of salt to 1 Tbsp of dye. The Teal dye was much stronger, so I weakened the shade with more warm water.
Dip white tree’s, one at a time, into your dye. It doesn’t take too long. Dip and check, Dip and check. If you find your tree got more colour than you wish, just rinse with clear water.
I wanted a fourth colour too, so I dipped some of the trees in a teal/ lime green combo.
You can play with the colours, mix and match, double-dip. The possibilities are endless. Let the dyed tree’s dry overnight. Again, I like to fluff them while they’re drying. I finished them off with a light mist of spray glue and some clear glitter. I’m tickled with the results.
Won’t you join me in the Frosty Forest?
I’ve made a set of Frosty Bottle Brush Christmas Tree’s for one lucky Boomdeeadda follower. To enter, simply email a picture with Santa to petalsdaye@gmail dot com. It can be a recent visit, a picture from your childhood or your pet visiting with Santa. I’ll randomly draw one winner on December 27th. Good Luck!