Bottle Brush Trees (They Really Do Work!)

Bottle brush tree abeautifulmess.comHey everyone, it’s Laura! I know by now you’ve probably seen the colorful bottle brush trees that are all over Pinterest (like here and here). I love how these little guys look, but I’ve heard mixed reviews on if the process actually works or not. Nevertheless, I just had to see if it was possible to make my mini tree dreams come true. They are just too darn cute not to give it a try!

Bottle brush tree Supplies:
-bottle brush trees in various sizes
-rubber gloves
fabric dye in several shades

1. Fill a bucket halfway with a mixture of bleach and hot water and soak your trees in the hot water until they are off-white in color. Some tutorials suggest using a 50/50 ratio of bleach and water, but a few people said that their trees started to melt once dipped in the bleach/water mixture, so I used a ratio of 2 parts water to 1 part bleach just to be on the safe side.

2. Once the color has been bleached off the trees, mix your dye with hot water and dip your trees into the dye. To get a variety of colored trees, I mixed 5 different shades of blue and green dyes and let the trees soak for different lengths of time (ranging from a quick dunk letting it soak for a few minutes).

3. Place your dyed trees on an old towel or piece of cardboard to dry.

4. Once the trees are dry, use a stiff bristle brush to comb out any clumps of stuck together bristles.

Bottle brush tree Bottle brush tree Bottle brush tree So adorable, right? Of course the color possibilities are endless, but I love the mix of blues and greens for this enchanted forest. I’m so glad that I took a chance and decided to go for it. Are you planning on making any tiny trees this year? xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman

  • What do you use for the base of the tree? I love thrm, Great job!

    Thank you,

  • I’ve had experiences BOTH ways;successes and failures…..the type of materials that the bottlebrush trees are made of is a BIG BIG factor….some are made up of synthetic fibers that don’t absorb the bleach, …so be mindful of that. Thank you for all your creative ideas and post.

  • Love love love this! I have a modest collection of store-bought bottle brush trees, but I would really like to try making some of my own. Bookmarking for future reference!

  • love your trees and i would love to feature them if this would be ok please let me know,

  • I love the colors you put together.. they are so elegant for such a simple little craft!

  • Those are so pretty and they will be an addition to you home that will last forever. Really neat.

  • Fabulous!! Thank you for sharing your process and results!! So inspired 😀

  • these are super cute! i love miniature anything and why not get functional-festive?

  • I have always wanted to try these bottle brush trees and so I’m super excited to find a great tutorial on them just in time for Christmas decorating season!

  • This is so smart. I literally bought a bag of trees at the dollar store yesterday to do “something” with. I think I know what that “something” is now!

  • Okay way cute! Thanks for clearing the process up!

    xo, Juliette Laura

  • These look so cool! I’d love to try them out for some fun holiday decorations.


  • Hi Charlotte!
    They actually come with that base already attached, so that part was already done!

    Laura 🙂
    AMB Team Member

  • I am totally doing this this weekend! 🙂 I have heard you can get trees at the dollar store too!

  • How sweet! These are just darling! What a great idea!

  • Very cute idea!

  • You always have the best ideas…for EVERYTHING! I love it! 🙂

  • Oh my gosh, they are so cute! I’ve only seen the totally failed versions so far so it’s awesome that you got them to work!


  • These are adorable!! I love all the different shades of blue <3 xoxo

  • These would be cute as cake toppers, a forest cake!… But I guess cake and bleach don’t exactly mix…

  • You made a whole forest! It’s turned out really cute! Now you can put up mini ornaments & make them all Christmasy!

  • OH my goodness!! These things are the best! I love them, so different…i think I might make a little “forest” now at the office desk! hah!

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