Monday, November 11, 2013

Bottle Brush Trees on Corks

Tiny bottle brush trees lend themselves to a variety of decorative ideas.  If you are following along by this time you have bleached your trees and dyed them.  


2012 Tree bleaching HERE

2013 Let the bleaching begin HERE 

2013 Dying the trees HERE

There were bags of wine corks at the thrift store.  I sorted out the real cork ones and saved the plastic ones for later.

Used Distress Stain to darken each cork.

After the corks dried, I coated them with satin craft varnish.

 I selected a group of both dyed and plain bleached trees.

These are the teeny ones from Hobby Lobby.

I tried staining the plastic corks, but as you can see in the pic, that just did not happen.

 E-6000 (what would crafters do without this stuff?) affixed the tree to the cork.

A gold glitter pen around the base of the tree.

Still too plain - the trees needed, no, deserved something else.  

Something vintage. 

Something lace!

I chose a lace in proportion to the size and glued it with Alene's Tacky glue (what would crafters do without this stuff?)

I lightly daubed some of the Distress Stain around each top.

I displayed them in a stained, cracked ironstone platter (what would crafters do without one?) with a few vintage Shiny Brites and fake snow.

I am not quite sure exactly how many of these I made.  I do have a slight buzz from the E-6000 (what would crafters do without that buzz?)

They are now at Riverfront Antique Mall waiting for you.

I going to go sleep off the E-6000 buzz.

See y'all!

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  1. These are so cute, Donna! What a good way to use corks! I get mine from friends who buy wine by the case and drink on a daily basis. I have bags full and would love to come up with an idea that's unusual. Yours is terrific!!!

  2. These are precious Donna! Love them...:) I saw some gorgeous, huge bottle brush trees in the hospital gift shop this morning and they were on beautiful blown glass bases. I fell in love....:) I took a picture and it will most likely end up on the blog. I really need to buy some of those tiny trees for a project, but sadly an not near Hobby Lobby! :( I sent exchange partner names out earlier...let the fun begin!
    Blessings, Vicky

  3. Love all your bottle brush trees! Had no idea where i could get a "truckload" of 'em! I may become obsessed with snowglobes now and make one in every color! LOL! Thanks for the comment on my post! I will make sure I follow you.-aimee

  4. I am totally in love with these. I have bags of corks that I found at garage sales last summer. I do have some plans for them, but I need some of those trees. What a great idea! I know that E6000 buzz well.

  5. Miss Donna; These would be so Beautiful as Tree Ornaments!!!! Swoon..... You are so Talented......I bet these will fly out off that platter quickly, and into a Thankful Home!!!!

  6. Adorable idea. I'm working hard to get myself back in the crafting spirit and this is really helping :)

  7. Very cute! Thank you for sharing your post at the Cottage Style Party :)
    Spring greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla (Guest Host)

  8. These are as sweet as anything!! I haven't seen these tiny trees here in Connecticut at Joann's or Michael's though. Thanks for showing how. Linda

  9. Love them. Not bleaching though but will buy from you:}

  10. What a cute idea! You did an amazing job! I am visiting from Feathered Nest Friday and just became your newest follower. Would love for you to follow me back at .

    Betty (maddiebellahome)

  11. E-6000 and Alenes...two of my favorites! We won't talk about the E-buzz! I love your little cork cute. If you want to stain plastic "corks" you can give them a light coat of matte modge podge first and let them dry. What would crafters do without modge podge? Just sayin.

  12. Absolutely love bottlebrush trees for Christmas and other holidays too. It's great you can even buy white ones now too, taking the beaching step out. But nice to know how to bleach since I have plenty of green ones too!

    Hugs, Lynnie


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