Monday, December 04, 2006
Need a forest?
Anyone in need of a forest of pink candy colored bottle brush trees? I made these for our wedding reception 3 years ago (our anniversary is in 2 days already, must buy a card).
They are super easy to make. Buy a bag of those bottle brush trees for those Christmas train/village layouts. You know the ones? Dark green, white plastic bases, come in big packs of like 10 or 20 for $10 at the Garden Ridge type places. Fill your kitchen sink with hot water and 2 capfuls of bleach. Plop in a few trees. The bleaching starts to work immediately. If you want light green trees like I have above, remove when they are the right color and rinse them in cool water. If you want white trees, let them bleach all the way to white.
Want pink? Bleach to white, remove and rinse. Refill sink with hot water and add a little RIT dye (I used Rose Pink). Follow the instructions on the dye package for rinsing.
Once your trees are the color you want, let them stand up to dry on a towel. When completely dry you can add glitter by using those glitter glue pens you can find in the children's art supply stuff at any store.
I need to buy some more because I want aqua colored ones too!
I display some of them with that fake glittery snow stuff in these Martha Stewart jars from K-Mart. A snow globe without the water.