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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Trim a Tree Thursday


Hello & welcome to another Trim a Tree Thursday! I'm trimming a different kind of tree today. Brush trees!




Here they are in their "before" state. I tried bleaching some brush trees a couple of weeks ago but even though, I left them in the bleach overnight, it had no effect. So I spray-painted, flocked & glittered those. Then I bought some more @ Big Lots & realized that they were made out of 2 different materials. The trees that wouldn't bleach (& they had those @ Big Lots also) were stiffer & more like plastic. These are a softer, brushier material.



After soaking in bleach water overnight.


After rolling in white paint.


And after being "trimmed".







Several years ago, I bought a few strands of vintage glass bead garland. The lot came w/ one unstrung set & I planned on re-stringing them but never got around to it. So I used those beads as ornaments on my made-over trees. Sometimes being a procrastinator pays off!

I bought another package to do as Karla suggested & bleach & dye some for Easter.

Be sure & stop by Brett's to see all the other entrants in today's Trim a Tree Thursday. And also, please read my previous post & say a prayer for Noah.

16 comments:

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Wonderful idea! Beautiful trees!

Liz said...

Hey that is a good idea!

~Liz

HoneyB said...

Beautiful Vinty, just plain beautiful!

Cindy@Cutepinkstuff said...

Oh my, how innovative! I bought some green bottle brush trees yesterday and I never thought to bleach and roll them! I must go to Big Lots!

ellen b said...

Look at that! Very fun. They really look great!!

Knitty said...

So some bottle brush trees are brushier than others? LOL Do you think a teacher is grimacing somewhere? ;)

Continued T&Ps for Noah.

philben5 said...

I love your title as professional grandma. My mom will enjoy that. thank you so much for the tutorial on brush trees and thanks for stopping by my blog.
Blessings and Merry Christmas!
Roxanne

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

I love your beautiful new... white trees. What a great idea!!

Melissa Miller said...
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Melissa Miller said...

Hi Cami,

What a delightful and charming presentation.

This is very creative. Thanks for inspiring us all.

~Warmly, Melissa :)

ceekay said...

So cute of an idea. I wish I had a bigger house!!!

Susan S. said...

CUTE brush trees! Love what you did to them. And I noticed your Santa Mug collection. My mother had about 5 or 6 that she always put in the kitchen window sill with springs of Christmas tree branches and tiny red berried. Your mugs brought back a lot of sweet memories. Thanks! Have a blessed holiday!

char72 said...

The bleached trees are lovely. Big Lots has lots of bargains.
Christmas hugs,
Charlotte

Ballerina Girl said...

how beautiful are these trees? I love them!
thanks for stopping by my blog...I hope to see you there again :)
BG

Megan said...

I love this idea! I'll have to find me some trees after Christmas and give this a try. I love the easter color idea. So smart!

Kathleen Ellis said...

WOW! I didn't know you could bleach the brush trees! They look awesome! I like the vintage garland beads, too!
Thanks for stopping by...the feathers on the top of the tree are actually feather picks that my husband found at a craft store!
Merry Christmas!