Craft & DIY/ Holidays

Dyed Bottle Brush Trees

Last Thursday I had the pleasure to go shopping at the Intratuin Christmas market in Zevenhuizen The Netherlands. I had so much fun together with fellow bloggers Vogesparis, April & May and Interiorator. Have I told you that Intratuin does the best Christmas markets in The Netherlands? So I was in for a treat.

I picked up a whole bunch of Intratuin bottle brush trees as I got so many questions about my kitchen mantle village of 2012. I thought it would be a great idea to tell you about my Christmas tree dyeing experiences.

How to go from green trees to many coloured trees?

What do you need:

hot water
bleach
salt
powdered fabric paint (I used Dylon)
rubber gloves

Those are the main ingredients to dye a forest of trees as pictured above.

You’ll first have to fill a bucket with hot water and bleach. Let the trees soak in the water/bleach bucket until they have lost all their colour. Next you’ll have to create another bucket with the fabric paint in it. For dark colours let the trees soak in the colour bath and for light colours dip the trees in the colour bath.

That’s all! You really need to experiment with this project.

Here are a few technique examples:

1. Dylon Powder Pink – dipped
2. gold sprayed with pearly beads
3. 100% natural bleached
4. Dylon Powder Pink – soaked

Have fun … I’m off again to add some more pearls to my trees as they were waiting to dry. I’ll leave you with a fun video shot at the Intratuin Christmas Market – wheee!

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  • Kristel
    25/11/2013 at 15:11

    O, ik krijg helemaal zin om te gaan….ik houd mezelf nog in. Eerst sinterklaas voor mijn kind, maar dan.
    Leuk idee trouwens!

  • Rebecca
    25/11/2013 at 15:43

    Super leuk!! Ik hou van kerst! Ik baal nog steeds dat ik toen niet kon komen!

    Liefs Rebecca

  • caroline @trend-daily
    25/11/2013 at 18:15

    oh love these Yvonne! The christmas market sound just lovely-and what a great group of girls to go with ! 🙂

  • Rode dahlia
    26/11/2013 at 08:56

    Wat een grappig idee, een keer geen groene bomen. Ik geniet ervan, maar toch moet eerst Sinterklaas achter de rug zijn. Ik ga het wel onthouden.
    Groet, Marijke

  • Claire Robinson
    28/11/2013 at 20:30

    Love the pretty vintage looking Christmas trees!

  • Bianca
    03/12/2013 at 15:31

    Net speciaal voor deze boompjes bij de Intratuin geweest. Kan niet wachten om er mee bezig te gaan voor Kerst. Ik vond de Kerstkrans ook een leuk idee. Dus binnenkort nog maar een keer terug naar de Intratuin.

  • Trademark Lawyer
    03/03/2015 at 09:59

    These are lovely, they’d really brighten up the home at Christmas!