Easy Bottle Brush Tree DIY

12 Materials
1 Hour

I am going to show you the easiest DIY using bottle brush Christmas trees.

These little trees are everywhere during the holiday season.

This fun bottle brush Christmas tree DIY will give you such a wow factor on your dining room table, your coffee table, your kitchen counters, ……


  • sugar mold
  • 2.5″ terra cotta pots (I used 12, it will depend on the number of holes your sugar mold has.
  • brush trees without the wood base ( I used 12, and used a combination of dark green, light green, and gold)
  • Metallic beads (I clipped the beads off Christmas floral picks)
  • white acrylic paint
  • paint brush
  • disposable lint free cloth
  • gold gilding wax
  • wire snips
  • clay
  • bolt cutters


  1. Before you start, double check to make sure the terra cotta pots you have chosen will fit in the holes of your sugar mold.
  2. Using wire snips, clip the berries (metallic pieces) off the picks leaving a small stem so that you can press them into the clay later.
  3. I did not want my trees to all be the same size. So, using a pair of bolt cutters, I cut anywhere from 1″ to 3″ off each tree so that the tree would be staggered when I placed them in the terra cotta pots.
  4. Next, dry brush white acrylic paint on each pot.
  5. Using a disposable lint free cloth, wipe off the excess white paint so that some of the terra cotta peeks through.
  6. Rub gold gilding wax around the edges of the pot.
  7. Then shape the clay into a ball roughly the size of your palm.
  8. Press the clay into the pot making sure the clay almost reaches the top of the pot.
  9. Place your tree in the center of the pot and press the clay around the stem to stabilize the tree.
  10. Now, using the small stem on the bead, press the beads into the clay around the clay so that the clay is covered completely.
  11. Place the terra cotta pots back into the sugar mold.

You now have a great centerpiece for your dining room table or a coffee table.

You can even display your bottle brush tree DIY on your kitchen counters!

Clip metallic bead off the floral picks.

Dry brush acrylic white paint on terra cotta pots.

Add gilding wax over white paint.

Measure height of trees before cutting with bolt cutters.

Use blue painters tape to mark where to cut with bolt cutters.

Form clay in a ball in the palm of your hand.

Press the clay into the pot.

Press the trees and metallic beads into the clay and allow to harden.

Repeat the process with the number of holes in your sugar mold.

Place trees in sugar mold and style.

Suggested materials:

  • Sugar mold  (on hand)
  • 2.5″ terra cotta pots  (Hobby Lobby)
  • Brush trees without the wood base  (Hobby Lobby)
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Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Rachel's Trash~2~Treasures
    Rachel's Trash~2~Treasures
    on Dec 17, 2020

    What is a sugar mold?

    • Jennifer Williams
      Jennifer Williams
      on Dec 17, 2020

      They are long rectangular pieces that were used for sugar cane syrup. Now they are used as decor pieces. You can find antique and new sugar molds on Etsy.

  • Jenny
    on Dec 18, 2020

    What is a sugar mold? This is worth copying as it looks lovely.

    • Jennifer Williams
      Jennifer Williams
      on Dec 18, 2020

      Back in the day, a long rectangular wood mold, known as a sugar mold was used to hold liquid sugar cane. Now these pieces are used as candle holders in home decor. You can find them on Etsy - both antique and new.

  • Lynda
    on Jan 13, 2021

    What’s gilding wax?

    • Jennifer Williams
      Jennifer Williams
      on Jan 14, 2021

      Gilding wax is a wax that provides the bling or metallic finish to a project. It usually comes in a small jar or tube. You can get it on-line or at a craft store.

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