Friday, October 5, 2012

Bleaching Bottle Brush Trees!

I pinned "bleaching bottle brush trees" on Pinterest a while back and decided to give it a try! 
My goodness, I am so glad I did! I had fun doing it and love the results! 
I love how they look vintage now.
What do you think of my bleached bottle brush trees?
I even put a tiny tree in a salt shaker I blinged up!
Below is the process.
I used a medium plastic container, filled it with water and added 1 cup of bleach.
Left them in for 1 hour ... 
After bleaching, I rinsed them off real good with mild  soapy water a couple times. 
The final rinse I used water and some white vinegar. 
Vinegar helps get rid of any anything still left on. 
The trees are still wet in the picture below. 
I love how they look!
I have so many fun projects I will be using them for!
I bought a bag of 21 green trees at Michael's.
Have a wonderful day my friends!

35 comments:

Bonnie said...

I've never heard of this process before. I love them!!! I've got to get to Michaels and pick up some trees. Thanks for the idea and photos. Love your blog...(I'm from Utah and love anything with beehives, but your blog is exceptional).

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

Oh I want to do this....they are way, way cute!

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

I love your idea, they look terrific. It really does give them a sweet vintage look. Cute!

Ann said...

Thank you for sharing this! I bought a couple dozen vintage bottle brush trees at an estate sale last year. They were many shades of green--mostly ugly. I have heard about bleaching, but had never gotten around to it. Yours are beautiful and your timely post has me excited to do mine, now. I'm your newest follower.

A Vintage Chic said...

FABULOUS, Maryjane! I pinned that, too...just hadn't done anything about it yet! I will be definitely getting that bag at Michael's--they look so beautiful bleached! Thanks for sharing your success, my friend!

P.S. LOVE the mini tree in the blinged-up salt shaker--wonderful!

Julie

myletterstoemily said...

it looks like an enchanted forest.
thank you for the sweet tip!

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

They look wonderful and the tree in the shaker is too cute! I didn't know you could buy a whole bag of trees! I'll have to go look! thanks! ♥

Mary Ann said...

I like both the color result, and the salt shaker tree! Thanks for showing us how!

Elyse said...

oh my gosh, i had no idea! this is so lovely. thanks for sharing, my maryjane!

happy autumn wishes

xo
elyse

Nana Nancy and PaPa Jeff said...

Oh Maryjane these are so beautiful!! Thank you for sharing... You are so amazing... Happy Autumn.. Love N

Nana Nancy and PaPa Jeff said...

I love this idea Maryjane, they are so beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing.. Happy Autumn... smiles N Xx

Kathy said...

Excellent idea!!!!
Thanks for the tut...
We'll all be running out to Michaels!
They are cute!
xo,
Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Leann said...

Hi Maryjane

I did this last year and loved how they turned out too! Great minds:)

Leann

June said...

Hi Maryjane!
One year I had so much fun bleaching trees that I ended up with a forest!
I LOVE your little salt shaker! Looks like a little snow globe!

much love from here....

Perfectly Printed said...

What a great idea.....love the little tree in the salt shaker! I guess you're going to have to call me a copy cat...I will be bleaching a few trees myself!!

chris

Nann from At Nann's Table said...

Maryjane I did not know you could do this and I LOVE the look. Thanks for the tutorial. I'm running to Micheals to get me a bagful of trees!! Thanks so much!! N.

Beedeebabee said...

I adding this to my ever growing list of things I NEED to do! Thanks so much, Maryjane. Your trees look beautiful! :) Paulette

deb said...

I did this last year and loved them, I even dyed some pink and aqua,,,,LOVE your arrangement!!!!!!!

Brenda said...

So pretty! I tried this before but did not get such great results. I will try and pick up the trees from Michaels next time!

Sande said...

Great job.
I've seen this all over the internet, I think on Martha Steward first.

I do wonder why people refer to them being vintage after they bleach them. They were always green...the true vintage ones. I have a large collection of them..most are plain, none with snow and a few with cute tiny foil stars. Never white ones in the antique ones.

Karen said...

I really love this! The salt shaker is darling. Thanks for sharing this sweet idea! xx

craftyles said...

They are wonderful and so much better in white. They really do look vintage. Thanks for the how to.

Nanette Merrill said...

Such a great idea. Love it.

Rebecca @ Belle Blog said...

So great... I was already planning a trip to Michael's Craft Store. Now I'm definitely going this week.

Rebecca♥

Karie's Chic Creations said...

Wow! What a clever idea. I am going to try this one. They are beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing. Hugs, Karie

Mimi Sue said...

I adore them! I'm on my way to Michaels. Mimi

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I love the look of these! Thanks for the great tip!

*Shelli* said...

Thank you for sharing!!! They are so cute and easy to do :)

Aunt Ruthie said...

I love this Maryjane!! I'm gonna try it! Thanks for sharing!!
Ruthann
Sugar Pie Farmhouse

K @ Aurora Blythe said...

Beautiful idea as always!

Suzanne said...

We just did this too! Thank you Pinterest:) yours look amazing!!!!!

Curtains in My Tree said...


I love it. I am going to try this, I have always wanted to just didn't know the formula

Thanks for sharing I may have to go to Michael's and get a sack of trees. I do like my green trees with some arrangments

Curtains in My Tree said...


ps

I forgot to tell you I love the baby tree in the shaker

I put a few things in vintage jars and turned them upside down where the tree is sitting on the lid
I did this last christmas season just fyi

Janice

wendy said...

Oh my, those are absolutely lovely. I have never seen that before. It looks like a magical forest.

Jeanne said...

Thanks Maryjane. I found you on pinterest, scanned a few blogs on tuts on this... and yours was by far the easiest and great pics. I'm off to try in today.

xo jeanne
bees knees bungalow.

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