Saturday, November 16, 2013

Bottle Brush Tree Joy


The bottle brush trees are back again.  This time they are spreading a little joy throughout the Christmas season.

I found a big bag of  blocks at the thrift store. They had stickum all over them that had to be removed.


It was nasty!

Painted them cinnamon red.

Then applied crackling medium.

Painted them with sage green.

See?  Beginnings of crackling.

 Applied satin craft varnish.

Signed the bottom.

Always sign the bottom of your work, folks.

Went finger-walking through the bottle brush tree forest.

It appears as if a wind storm has blown through.

I picked out the yellowish and pinkish ones.

These are not dyed - this is how they turned out after bleaching.

  Stamped some JOY on each block.

 Glued three bottle brush trees with E-6000.

(Notice the box top or bottom lined with waxed paper.   It is one of my work boxes.  I line up the crafts I am working on with all the materials needed.  It keeps things organized when you are working on more than one project.  Go back and look above at the way I used the work boxes.)

 Oh, joy!  another bottle brush tree project completed.

Yes, I have more.

Oh, yeah, I added some gold glitter glue around each tree.

The JOY trees are off to the booth where I hope they will make some one's season merry and bright.

In other news I have worked very hard on the slash room (craft/computer/guest room).  The reveal will take three posts!

I know you can barely stand to wait for it.

I promise it will be a shocker.

See y'all!

See more on bottle brush trees at these posts:

Let The Bleaching Begin

Dying the Trees

Bottle Brush Trees on Corks

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  1. Major curious about your guest room.
    I used box lids for my projects too. So very handy. Use them to keep lego pieces off the floor, DGS cooperates with that thankfully.


  2. Your bottle tree projects amazes me. You keep coming up with awesome ideas on how to use them. Now I'll have to start calling you the Holiday Bottle Brush Queen!

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  4. These turned out so adorable! Bottle brush trees are so fun and I love this idea. Thanks for sharing!


  5. Oh my gosh! I can't wait to see your room! I love all your bottle brush tree projects. When I think you can't come up with another way to use them... you do!

  6. Those are very cute and i haz blokz. You know I'm looking forward to the 3 part reveal posts!

  7. Love your little trees! I think I need to try bleaching some sometime too.

  8. Very cute! I tried bleaching bottle brush trees last year and I was amazed how easy it was. Stopping by from the scoop and happy to have found you :)

  9. Hi Donna,
    Thank you for stopping by to visit me.
    Your trees are lovely!!

  10. Great call on snatching up those blocks. Lovely project!

  11. So darn cute! Gotta go pull out my little trees.


  12. Beautiful! I made a post on Hometalk that I used your tutorial and told them all about you and put in a link to your blog.

  13. These are precious Donna! Thanx for sharing at THT.

  14. They are sooo cute, Donna! No doubt they were a huge success in your booth.

    You are so fortunate to find components for your projects at thrift stores. That really cuts down on the expense.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage


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