Wednesday, December 2, 2009

My Winter Forest (part one)


For a long time, I've seen those lovely white bottlebrush trees in all the home decor shots during the holiday season. I've always liked the look of the white ones better than the green (or pink). But for a long time, I was under the impression that the white ones were strictly a vintage thing.. and so I'd always kept my eye out for some while on the thrifting hunt.

Until I found this tutorial that showed me how to make my own!

I picked up some of the green bottlebrush trees from M's and grabbed a stainless steel bowl and some bleach and water and threw everything together.

I did use a ratio of 3:1 on the bleach/water solution.. but I was low on bleach so I didn't have enough to completely submerge my trees. (And watch out for bleach fumes.)

I stirred them occasionally, and became amazed at how well the bleach worked to remove the scary green dye. I also liked how distressed the paint on the wood bases became as the time went on...

And then, one by one, my little trees became snowy white.

And this is the finished set. I love them so. I have some good stuff planned for these little babies as we go through the month (bwahahaha).

Hope you have a great Wednesday!

7 comments:

Karolynah said...

these are fabulous and easy Christina! thanks for sharing!!

Nathalie said...

Too cute! Great tip :)

Christina said...

awesome!! I'm going to have to do this! My grandma had some of the vintage ones and I always loved them =)
xo

Stephie C said...

So cute wonder if those would fit on all my windowsills....hmmmm ideas ideas.....

Melissa Mann said...

SOOo cute! i'm thinking of trying this too!

Genevieve said...

Love them! I meant to do this with mine after seeing your link to the tutorial on Twitter, but I didn't get around to it, so they remain green for this Season, but next year, watch out, white trees will abound! Can't wait to see what elae you have in store.

Kara said...

Ahmagosh. Gorgeous!!!

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