DIY: how to bleach bottle brush trees | Oh Lovely Day

If you follow me on instagram, you’ve been seeing peeks into the fun I’ve been having with bottle brush trees over here. So I wanted to share some things I’ve been working on, because they make quick and easy gifts, are so fun, and are I know you will want to make these as much as I do. So first up in my bottle brush series is how to bleach bottle brush trees. It’s really super easy!

What you’ll need:

  • bottle brush trees (available at most craft stores, but I bought these online – get a bunch, this is addicting)
  • bleach
  • a small tub or bucket
  • tongs (like ones you use in your kitchen)
  • a well-ventilated area (I did these by my kitchen sink near two open windows
  • rubber gloves and a mask if you’d like (I used neither)
  • paper towels on the ready

DIY: how to bleach bottle brush trees | Oh Lovely Day

How to bleach the trees:

  1. Remove all of your bottle brush trees from packaging.
  2. Mix about 1/2 bleach and 1/2 hot water in your tub.
  3. Immerse your trees (you can do one at a time, a few together, or all of them at once) into the bleach mixture. You’ll see some color come off immediately. Some of my trees turned white really quickly, and others took a few minutes.
  4. Once your tree is the shade of white you want (they are more of an antique, yellowed white than a bright white) remove them one at a time with your tongs and rinse under cold water.
  5. Stand them up on paper towels to dry (I lined a cookie sheet with paper towels and placed them on it so I could move it out of the way if necessary).

DIY: how to bleach bottle brush trees | Oh Lovely Day

If you want a minty green color tree like some of the ones above, take them out of the bleach before they turn white. I made some mint colored ones too, and used them to decorate Charlie’s teacher gifts this year.

Ok, start bleaching those trees! Because next I have a DIY for dip dyeing them, and this is just the first step. Stay tuned. And follow along on instagram for more DIY sneek peeks and Pinterest for lots of ideas on what to do with these guys (I’ve got my favorite idea coming up tomorrow!)