How to DIY Bottle Brush Trees for Charming Christmas Decor

8 Materials
2 Hours

Welcome to my DIY tutorial on how to create charming bottle brush trees for your holiday decor.

In this fun and easy project, I'll show you how to transform ordinary toilet brushes from the Dollar Store into delightful Christmas trees.

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With just a few materials and a couple of hours, you can craft these adorable decorations to add a festive touch to your home. So, let's get started!

Materials Needed:

  • Dollar Store toilet brush cleaners
  • Wire cutters
  • Piece of wood
  • Sandpaper
  • Drill bit
  • Hot glue gun
  • Assorted acrylic paints
How to make bottle brush trees

1. Prepare the Bottle Brushes

Start by taking the wire cutters and carefully remove the handles from the toilet brush cleaners.

DIY Christmas mantel display

Use enough force to snip the handle off, leaving you with one long piece.

Cut the brush into different sizes

Then, cut the brush approximately in half to create varying sizes for your trees. You want some shorter and some taller trees, so the display looks organic.

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The bristles made a mess but I'm not going to clean them up yet. 

Trim the brushes into a Christmas tree shape

2. Shape the Bottle Brushes

Trim the bottle brushes into a Christmas tree shape. This will form the basic structure for your holiday trees. 

cut up a piece of wood into a few little blocks

3. Create Bases for the Trees

Cut the piece of wood into small blocks of varying heights.

Sand the wooden blocks

Sand each block to give them softer edges and corners.

Bottle brush tree project

The end of the wires from the bottle brushes will serve as the perfect piece to push into the wooden blocks.

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4. Secure the Trees to the Bases

Using a drill bit that matches the size of the wires, create a hole in the top of each wooden block.

Drill a hole in the wooden block

Apply hot glue into the hole and onto the end of the bottle brush tree.

Add hot glue to the bottom wire of the bottle brush tree

The hot glue will keep the tree secure in the wooden base.

Bottle brush trees before paint is applied

How cute are these trees? They are all varying sizes and shapes and none of them are very uniform, which I love in my decor.  

Spray paint the bottle brush trees

5. Paint the Bottle Brush Trees

Now comes the fun part! Select seven different colors of acrylic paint and paint two trees with each color. Give each tree a nice, even coat of paint to achieve a vibrant and festive look.

Pink bottle brush trees

The next color is a light shade of pink, which is super pretty. I really liked this one.

Christmas town with bottle brush trees

These delightful decorations will add a whimsical touch to your Christmas town. Get creative with your color choices and arrangement to make your bottle brush trees truly unique.

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  • Diane Diane on Jul 21, 2023

    Can you buy the blocks of wood already cut up?

  • Larkatchi Larkatchi on Jul 21, 2023

    Where did you get the houses?

  • Barbara Barbara on Jul 21, 2023

    What a great idea to do with my grandchildren for the holidays. Maybe black for Halloween?

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  • Alice Norton Alice Norton on Jan 13, 2024

    I love the idea, thanks!

  • KateRos KateRos on Jan 13, 2024

    Great idea! We have a tradition of having a Christmas DIY project every year. This winter was too busy, so I made some Christmas decor purchases online. Having checked my lakeside collection order status, I thought we didn't have time for crafting. But when we received the order, we decided to use the items as examples. Now we have even more candle holders and bottle candle lights.

    I'll save your idea and will be glad to try it out next year. Thanks!