I love vintage bottle brush trees and have stumbled upon a few decorated in holiday themes and thought I would have a try at making my own. Not having any RIT dye at home and being the impatient person I am when an idea is hot in my head I grabbed a bottle of Orange Maya Mist to see if it would work. Well let me just say it worked like a charm and was super easy. Below is a tutorial I put together showing you how to recreate your own super cute Halloween themed Bottle Brush Tree. You are going to love this… promise!
- In a well ventilated area or outside place a mixture of 1/3 warm water and 2/3’s Bleach into a glass container. The amount made will determine how many trees you will be bleaching at one time. Place tree(s) into mixture and let set until bleached. Once bleaching is complete remove from mixture and allow to dry.
- Using Maya Road Maya Mist (Orange) lightly spray (3 or 4 sprays is all I needed) onto a dried bleached bottle brush tree. I lined my kitchen sink with paper towels, set the tree on top of the paper towels and lightly misted the tree. Once dyed lightly blot the tree using paper towels and let dry.
- Accent your dried tree using Gold Mercury Glass Beads, Black Seam Binding and a Mother of Pearl Button. I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue for my adhesive. I found it easiest to hold the Gold Mercury Glass Beads with tweezers when attaching them to the tree.
- Create a small banner with a strip of paper that says “Happy Halloween”. The strip of paper needs to measure approximately 7.5″ in length. (My tree is approximately 4" tall not including the stand) Accent the edges of the banner using Golden Rod Stickles and let dry. Once dry wrap the banner around the tree and attach using a hot glue gun. You can lightly add mica snow or glitter to the tree as well.