Today I’m showing you how to make a beautiful bottle brush tree ornament! Yes it’s only October 6th, but today it’s my turn as part of the 31 Days of Handmade Christmas Ornaments BlogHop: an entire month featuring a new handmade DIY for you!
This is my second year participating in the Handmade Christmas Ornaments Blog Hop! Last year, I made these pretty red and green ornaments. If you click here you can see my ornaments plus links with pictures to each of last year’s Blog Hop tutorials.
At the bottom of this post will be the full list of all DIY bloggers participating in this year’s Blog Hop, along with pictures and links to their own handmade ornaments!
How to make a beautiful bottle brush tree ornament!
Imagine an off-white, miniature bottle brush tree, snow-covered, in a rusty bucket with pearl ornaments.
Let’s make one!
- Miniature galvanized bucket
- Miniature bottle brush tree (off-white color)
- Brown chalky finish paint
- DecoArt Decou-Page (used as sealer)
- Deco Art Glistening Snow-Tex Glittering Snow
- Small paintbrushes
- Wax paper
- Paper towels
- Glue Dots
- E6000 Adhesive
- Faux pearls
- Tea-stained lace scrap
- Decorative baker’s twine
- Small cotton ball
It all begins with a miniature bucket, which you can find in the fairy garden or miniatures aisle at your craft store.
Step One: Use brown chalk paint to make the bucket rusty. Dab on the chalk paint with a small paintbrush, both inside and outside of the bucket. Do as little or as much as you prefer, depending on the look you want. Let dry.
Step Two: Seal the bucket with a coat of Decou-Page, both inside and out. Let dry on wax paper.
Step Three: Using a small paintbrush, scoop out some of the DecoArt Glittering Snow and tap and push it into the tiny branches of the bottle brush tree. Start with a tiny amount of snow and gradually build up until you like the look of the tree.
You can create a snow-covered tree, a snow-dusted tree, or somewhere in the middle.
- Remove any base from your bottle brush tree — usually you can easily twist to unscrew — and stick the tree into a scrap piece of Styrofoam. This makes painting, embellishing and drying much easier.
- The directions say it takes 24 hours for complete drying time, so plan for this.
Step Four: Using E6000, attach individual pearls to the bottle brush tree. Let dry thoroughly.
I used an old fake pearl necklace that I cut up. I made sure to attach the pearls so that the holes wouldn’t show. (And if they did? Just add some glittering snow!)
Step Five: Cut up a tea-stained small floral lace scrap, and adhere the individual flowers to the rusty bucket with Glue Dots.
Step Six: Tie decorative baker’s twine to each handle to hang. Make sure to allow enough room for the bottle brush tree.
Step Seven: Stick a small cotton ball into the rusty bucket. Add some E6000 to the inside bottom of the bucket, then the cotton ball.
Step Eight: Squirt some E6000 onto the bottle brush tree stem and stick it into the bucket. Hold in place for about 30 seconds then let dry thoroughly.
And now you have a beautiful bottle brush tree ornament!
Now is the perfect time to begin making handmade Christmas ornaments!
And these days, especially with all that’s available at the craft stores, it’s easier than ever to create something pretty.
31 Days of Handmade Christmas Ornaments Blog Hop
Please visit my bloggy friends below to see the ornaments each of them made. And stop back here to revisit this section, because we’re just getting started on our month-long ornament extravaganza!
Here are all 31 Bloggers in order of their appearance:
Day 1 – The Silly Pearl :: Day 2 –Yesterday on Tuesday
Day 3 – Cupcakes and Crinoline :: Day 4 – An Extraordinary Day
Day 5 – Knick of Time :: Day 6 – Pet Scribbles :: Day 7 – Simply Kelly Designs
Day 8 – Town and Country Living :: Day 9 – Petticoat JUNKtion
Day 10 – The Everyday Home :: Day 11 – Up on Tippy Toes
Day 12 – Remodelando la Casa :: Day 13 – DIY 180 :: Day 14 – 504 Main
Day 15 – Sum of their Stories :: Day 16 – At Home with Jemma
Day 17 – The Kim Six Fix :: Day 18 – Shabby Art Boutique
Day 19 – Morena’s Corner :: Day 20 – My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Day 21 – Our Southern Home :: Day 22 – Domestically Speaking
Day 23 – The Crafting Nook :: Day 24 – Sweet Pea
Day 25 – Dukes and Duchesses :: Day 26 – Heathered Nest
Day 27 – Lovely Etc. Day 28 – Stone Gable Blog :: Day 29 – Mod Podge Rocks
Day 30 – Running with a Glue Gun :: Day 31 – All Things Heart and Home
Happy holiday crafting!