The bottle brush trees have arrived! Now I have all these beautiful trees that I can stain in wonderful colors for the Little House Making Craft party.
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Last year I discovered how beautifully the Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stains color the bottle brush trees. My favorite color turned out to be Mustard Seed - yes, Mustard Seed. It is the most beautiful yellow. I never knew. And then Twisted Citron. Again, this is a color that totally surprised me on the little bottle brush trees. It is such a bright green that goes great with the little Putz houses we make.
You can see the Twisted Citron bright green in the background.
The Easy Way to color your own bottle brush trees
I mean really easy. All you do is make a spray box out of a spare cardboard box or you can get the Tim Holtz Splat Box from Stampers Anonymous which is reusable and foldable. You just spray the trees with Ranger's Distress Spray Stain and then let them dry. The colors are incredible.
This is a wear gloves kind of job. Often it's a step I skip, but you will look like a rainbow if you don't wear gloves.
Bottle Brush Trees on a Christmas Shadowbox
Or You can Make Your Own Bottle Brush Trees
You can find lots of bottle brush trees online. Or you can even make your own bottle brush trees with wire and sisal rope. It's a relatively simple process. The nice thing about making your own is that you can vary the size and shape. When I make bottle brush trees for my Halloween Putz houses, I like to distort the proportions usually making them tall and thin for a spookier effect. When I make them for Christmas houses, often I make the trunks taller so they won't obscure details on the little houses. You can see some examples below on one of my Halloween houses and one on a Christmas house.
Here's the Widow's Walk Halloween house with an exaggerated bottle brush tree. I can't remember which Distress Spray stain I used for this tree though.
Last year some friends came over and stained the trees for me. They had a great time playing with the colors. I am going to draft someone for that job again. I've got to get started on making the little houses for the party.
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