Vintage Styled Christmas Trees...

6 Materials
$20
30 Minutes
Easy
These little trees are super cute and easy to make... adding a little german glass glitter kicks them up a notch!...
Gather up your supplies
To make your own little vintage styled christmas trees you will need:
Bleach
Water
Dye (in colours that you love)
Container
Mini trees
Glitter
Glue
Tongs
Bleach bleach bleach
Pour your bleach into a container that you can fully submerge your tree(s) into... I do about a half bleach half water mix... if you want them to bleach out more quickly you can add more bleach
Swish swish swish
I swish the trees around a little... I feel like that helps the process... lol
Rinse rinse rinse
Next rinse the tree off under some running water... all of the fake snow will also wash away after the bleaching...
Lay them out to dry... if you're impatient you can use a hair dryer to dry them more quickly.
Prepare the dye
I used RIT pink fabric dye in the liquid format... its easy to work with - I don't follow a particular quantity mixture of liquid dye to water... start with your container of hot water and pour in some dye and give a stir... dunk you tree and take it back out and check it... if you want it darker leave it in longer... if you want it darker still after that add some more dye!...
Tada!
Keep dying until you're happy with the colour and then maybe dunk it once more - I find that the trees lighten just a little when i give them their after dye rinse...
Rinse rinse rinse
After the tree comes out of the dye give it a good rinse off to wash away any excess dye...
Let them dry
Then pace the trees aside until they've had a chance to dry... or again hit them with a hairdryer!
Glue glue glue
Now for the glittery part... the bases... be sure that they're dry - you can even pull them off of the trees before you start bleaching them if you like
Coat each of the bases in a thin layer of glue...
Its glitter time!
...then sprinkle glitter all over - I love to use my pure silver german glass glitter for these as it adds to the vintage styling of the little bitty trees.
Glue that tree back in
Once the bases have been glittered I place a little dot of glue onto the stems of each of the trees and I place them back into their bases and set them aside to set.
BAM!
And BAM!... there you have it! You're very own vintage styles little bittle vintage bottle brush Christmas trees!
Make a snow globe
I like to place my trees around my home... and also into vintage mason jars to create cute little snow globes!...
I can't wait to see what colour and glitter combinations you come up with for your trees! Please be sure to stop on by the Feathering My Nest Facebook page to share a photo of your bitty trees with me!
xo

Feathering My Nest - Lacey Haskell
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Frequently asked questions

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  • Juli Juli on Dec 15, 2015
    I have a couple of these trees but they are antiques so I wouldn't use them. Where can I find newer ones?
  • Kay McCaffery Kay McCaffery on Dec 15, 2015
    How did you get the base off of the trees without breaking them?
  • Terrie Terrie on Dec 16, 2015
    Where do you find the German glass glitter? The little trees turned out beautifully. And you explained how to do it detail by detail. That is such a help. Thank you.
    • @Terrie Hi Terrie! I sell it here in Calgary, Alberta but you can get it here: https://www.meyer-imports.com I believe they're US based! :)
    • Merridee Merridee on Dec 18, 2017
      SaveonCrafts.com German Glass Glitter 1lb $8.99, 2 for $16.00$12.99 (Save 31%) Availability: Out of Stock! German Glass Glitter is very versatile, and can be used to fill or layer clear glass bowls or vases, acting as a base for candles or flower blossoms; or it can be glued onto ornaments to add a dusty sparkle. This glitter is made from finely ground glass and comes in a 1 lb bag, measuring 6in tall by 9in wide. The glitter is finely ground glass so it should not be used with children.
    • Jaxon Jaxon on Dec 19, 2018

      I like German glass glitter not so fine. I think it adds more sparkle. I found mine in a home decor shop.

  • Gretchen Pinder Gretchen Pinder on Dec 16, 2015
    Where did you purchase the trees?
    • Alice Fitch Alice Fitch on Dec 16, 2015
      @Gretchen Pinder
    • Alice Fitch Alice Fitch on Dec 16, 2015
      Any craft shop should have them
    • Dro383629 Dro383629 on Dec 16, 2015
      Wal marts & Hobby Lobby have them
    • @Gretchen Pinder Craft shops, or any stores that sell little christmas villages - sometimes even dollar stores will have little mini trees similar to these - and as a last resort you could try online through companies that sell scale model items! :)
    • Terry Schuman Terry Schuman on Dec 16, 2015
      @Gretchen Pinder Walmart sells them in their Christmas decor area
    • Melody McLaughlin Melody McLaughlin on Dec 16, 2015
      I have seen them at the Dollar store. They come in a package with several trees in different sizes.
    • Donna Kelley Donna Kelley on Nov 01, 2016
      Michael's Craft Store has the bottle brush trees in the natural color so you could likely skip the bleaching and go straight into the coloring process.
    • Mmf31991464 Mmf31991464 on Dec 18, 2017
      Menard's sells them in the states.
    • Merridee Merridee on Dec 18, 2017
      PacATans or most craft stores have the trees some are even smaller then the ones shown. JoanAnn Fabrics, Micheals,
    • Cathy Cathy on Dec 18, 2017
      Pat catan's - don't you just LOVE autocorrect?? GGRRRR!!!!! But Pat catan's (although a seriously amazing "ANY CRAFT YOU COULD EVER WANT TO PURSUE & EXTREMELY AWESOME PRICES TO BOOT!!!!!") is based only in Ohio & NW Pennsylvania, as far as I am aware. They do have an outlet store at their main shop in Streetsboro, Ohio. I've never been up to that particular outlet, but I have had the pleasure of going to 4 of their shops in different cities or towns: Canton, Warren, Youngstown/Boardman - all of which are in NE Ohio and also the one in Sharon/Heritage, in NE Pennsylvania. Each store has absolutely incredible staff members!!! Great stores!!! I highly recommend!!!!! Merry Christmas! Happy Kwanzaa! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Chanukah! MAY THE NEW YEAR BRING YOU & YOURS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING BUT WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!! 😊
    • Dor14212789 Dor14212789 on Dec 18, 2017
      There is a pat catan’s in Frenchtown mall in Monroe , Michigan if that helps.
    • Romona Guidry Credeur Romona Guidry Credeur on Dec 18, 2017
      Dollar Tree Store has them
    • Lisa Lisa on Dec 18, 2017
      Agreed, but I guess peeps take pride in saying they made them. I think it is a lot of money too when you can purchase them. Google it...haha
    • Bruce A Palmisano Bruce A Palmisano on Dec 18, 2017
      Dollar Store.
  • Ellen Ellen on Dec 16, 2015
    I think it's an awful lot of work. How about trimming dollar store baby bottle brushes, and using clay for a base?
    • @Ellen Surprisingly not a lot of work - I did this DIY as a TV show segment! But you could trim those brushes and totally do the clay base! that would be fun too!
    • Smooches Smooches on Dec 18, 2017
      lol...great suggestion!
    • Tricia Lenwell Tricia Lenwell on Dec 18, 2017
      Gotta admit, Ellen. I was wondering the same thing having just used my bottle brush to clean out a bottle. I don't see doing this to my antique and vintage trees and I'm not doing it to my Dept 56 ones either. Just my opinion. The white look like my old faded dingy ones that I have been trying to restore, not reproduce LOL. Each to his own, as they say.
  • Diena Cameron Diena Cameron on Dec 16, 2015
    Those are so cute, I'm wondering if the bleach would work on the bigger trees that are not bottle brush trees but have actual branches and are about 12 to 14 inches high ? I have german glass glitter but it's a little bigger or chunkier and was thinking about putting it on the branches but just lightly but completely if that makes any sense. Do you think that would look good or have you ever tried it ?? Merry Christmas
    • @Diena Cameron Definitely worth testing out! I wonder if it would work too - if you test it please come back and let us know! :) Have a Merry Christmas! :)
    • Shannon Dillon Shannon Dillon on Nov 01, 2016
      Those bigger fake trees are normally plastic and I believe bleach would sorta melt plastic, the same way acetone would, if you get what I'm talking about. Would have to find ones that aren't plastic.
    • Diena Cameron Diena Cameron on Nov 01, 2016
      Hi Ladies, Lacey Haskell, i think i will give it a try. If it does melt them, as Shannon Dillion suggests then at least i would have a great (well in my eyes anyway .) excuse to go buy new bottle brushs trees .) If all goes well, i will post pics, if not, i will just tell you all. lol Thanks Shannon for your tip. .)
    • Sarah Taylor Sarah Taylor on Dec 18, 2017
      Diena, To do trees that large, you would need a REALLY BIG container to soak them... then you would need a couple of gallons of bleach! When you are done bleaching them, all that used bleach would become a disposal problem (unless you gave it to your entire neighborhood, that might use it up in a year).
    • Bruce A Palmisano Bruce A Palmisano on Dec 18, 2017
      Yes we put bleach in a spray bottle and did it to a 6 fool green tree but it took a couple days you need to do it outside and a garden hose.
    • Diena Cameron Diena Cameron on Dec 18, 2017
      Hi Lacey, don't know why but i am just getting your great reply. I haven't had a moment to myself Lacey, so i have not as of yet been able to try this. I still want to really badle so i won't forget to come back and post pictures. Bruce Palmisano seems to think er i mean know that it works so I'm confident (?) that it will. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you and yours !
  • Gale Gale on Jun 26, 2016
    Can you just buy white ones and color them?
  • Dci10951769 Dci10951769 on Nov 01, 2016
    Do you put a liquid in the snow globe so the snow will swirl ?
  • Joanne Anderson Joanne Anderson on Nov 01, 2016
    Is it just rock (or extra coarse) salt in the bottom of the mason jar?
    • Fra3622371 Fra3622371 on Nov 01, 2016
      I have done this in the past. I used the bagged snow from the craft store. You could used coarse salt, or epsom salt.
    • Terry Terry on Nov 01, 2016
      looks like the fake snow you buy in bags.
    • Lynne Trask Lynne Trask on Nov 01, 2016
      Epsom salt holds it all down since it weighs more. The fake snow isn't very heavy so lighter items topple over...
    • Eileen B. Eileen B. on Nov 01, 2016
      I think I would make the pink trees, but I would also like a teal colour, I would then sprinkle the bases with iridescent glitter. I am going to Dollarama this week and buying the little trees
    • i used fake village snow but there are quite a few great suggestions here for alternatives!
    • Linda Kusch Linda Kusch on Dec 19, 2017
      How about mica flakes?

  • April messerly April messerly on Nov 01, 2016
    Where did you get German glass glitter?
  • Barbara Barbara on Nov 01, 2016
    could you just use food coloring?
  • Kathy Powers Kathy Powers on Nov 01, 2016
    What do you use for snow in your jar?
  • Gue12113441 Gue12113441 on Nov 01, 2016
    Where did you find the trees??? I can't find them anywhere!
  • John Borio John Borio on Nov 01, 2016
    Were you in the Navy?
  • JBof4 JBof4 on Nov 01, 2016
    Are your mini trees made of plastic or ? I was wondering about trying this on my 24" green plastic trees, simply to get them white. I read the same question here and the answered warning about possible melting, bleach melting the plastic. What are you mini trees made of? You have a really cute idea here. Thanks.
  • Charity Weaver Tuller Charity Weaver Tuller on Nov 06, 2016
    What did you use for the snow?
  • Raquel Mar-Lea Raquel Mar-Lea on Jan 20, 2017
    The bases what are they made of? And how can I replace it with? Thanks!
  • Veronika Rice Veronika Rice on Dec 18, 2017
    Why don't you use bottle brushes in the first place?
    • Lisa Lisa on Dec 18, 2017
      instead of trees? Wouldn’t that add more work?
    • Beth Holmes Hux Beth Holmes Hux on Dec 18, 2017
      You'd have to cut them to look like trees!!
    • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Dec 18, 2017
      You could, if you want. That's how they probably made them in the "old" days, but that has to be a very long time ago. I remember these trees when I was a child and I'm 72 now. :)
    • Debra Joseph Debra Joseph on Dec 18, 2017
      Plus I don't think bottle brushes come with the cute little bases to stand them up.
    • Helene Sedghi Helene Sedghi on Dec 18, 2017
      The point is that they look like bottle brushes! They looked much better in original form.
    • That’s the fun thing about making! You can make them however you like! :)
    • Linda Linda on Dec 18, 2017
      I doubt that (even if you wanted to cut, shape & get a strong hand to snip the metal center to length) modern bottle brushes could be dyed since they appear to be plastic. Lovely project with good instructions - thank you!
    • Sian Sian on Dec 18, 2017
      Plastic bottle brushes can be spray-painted, I would try this before bleaching too.
    • Kathleen Kathleen on Dec 18, 2017
      I love what you are doing....so sweet and old-fashioned looking!
    • Maxine Waller Maxine Waller on Dec 19, 2017
      Too much trouble. You can probably buy different colors.
    • Marie Oriol-Lavalle Marie Oriol-Lavalle on Dec 19, 2017
      I was thinking why not use pinecones as trees?
    • JOS22402949 JOS22402949 on Dec 19, 2017
      The trees can also at train hobby shop sites
    • PAM PERRY PAM PERRY on Dec 27, 2017
      This crafter did a GREAT job explaining her tutorial & I'd like to say, THANK YOU! I personally ENJOYED reading it & seeing the pictures~all very helpful. I'm a crafter & I don't think this looks very time-consuming at all..I WILL DO THIS! Although these can be found THE pastel colors & cream or old looking white ones are not always easy to find. ALSO, the ones I have found are a lot pricier. Hats off to you my crafting friend

    • Sandy Wilkins Sandy Wilkins on Dec 18, 2018

      Love this idea!

    • CJ CJ on Dec 18, 2018

      So cute. Anything can be purchased but all the fun is in DIY. GOOD JOB😇

    • Susan Susan on Dec 19, 2018

      Everyone has their own DIY ideas and as long you take pleasure in whatever your doing that's all that matters!!!! Good job!!!

    • Debbie Nottingham Debbie Nottingham on Dec 19, 2018

      Great. Good luck on 'your' project. It's really just about Christmas fun. Right? 🎄🎅🏻⛄️

    • Shirley Shirley on Dec 19, 2018

      These "bottle brush" trees are tiny, come on tiny wooden bases. Find a real bottle brush that tiny (about 1 1/2 inches) on a base.

  • Cfr26456677 Cfr26456677 on Dec 18, 2017
    Can you tell me why it states that this Hometalker is from Canada, yet when I click on the link for the trees, it clearly states that "this item does not ship to Canada"?
    • Lisa Lisa on Dec 18, 2017
      My guess is Hometalk adds the links. And the person can buy the items in any craft store in Canada.
    • Qui20772518 Qui20772518 on Dec 18, 2017
      The link sends you to Amazon.com and the item that it lists is not the one used in the article. The site places the ads, not the crafter because if you look at the glitter it is also not the type the crafter uses.
    • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Dec 18, 2017
      Yes, all Hometalk projects now have suggested items from Amazon. They get paid a small affiliate fee if you buy - at no extra cost to you, as is explained under "View all Materials". That's one way they make a little money to continue to provide this website, and all it's benefits, for FREE. Hometalk is a business that provides us the opportunity to share our crafts and to learn from others. Like any business they have expenses, starting with the cost of the website server fees and going from there. That's why they have these ads. Sometimes they aren't perfect - as you noticed Cfrw & Quinte3q - but most of the time they can help you find the materials you need quickly. Hope that helps. :)
    • Geraldine Chislett Geraldine Chislett on Dec 18, 2017
      what difference does it make
    • Cfr26456677 Cfr26456677 on Dec 19, 2017
      If you can't get the product, it is difficult to do the project - duh?
    • Gene Gene on Dec 19, 2017
      What's with all the "Bah Humbug" going on here. The object of this is to have a little fun. It would probably take longer to spray paint them because it wouldn't be easy getting to the inside and all the way around each bristle. So chill out. Tis the season... you know???

      Peace
    • Cfr26456677 Cfr26456677 on Dec 19, 2017
      Because you live in the US u have access to many different things we don't in Canada
    • Yylowinger Yylowinger on Dec 19, 2017
      The hometalker from Canada was able to find the trees somewhere in Canada.
    • Geraldine Chislett Geraldine Chislett on Dec 24, 2017
      You bet you can, I am surrounded by trees, just beautiful to look at, as well as the wild life
    • Jill Ron Pike Jill Ron Pike on Dec 19, 2018

      I'm sure if you contact the hometalker directly, she'd be more than happy to divulge her source of the little trees. Most craft or hobby shops should carry them.

    • Sherry Oviatt Sherry Oviatt on Dec 19, 2018

      I love the look of the trees. Good job. Remind me of the tree my parents had in the fifties. Merry Christmas everyone.💖

    • Judi Judi on Dec 19, 2018

      hey Buttercup.... most of us Canadians are pretty savy... shop on line... much easier that searching stores in Canada or the USA.


  • Marsha Grib Marsha Grib on Dec 18, 2017
    Wouldn't it be faster to just use spray glue?
    • Diana Durham Blount Diana Durham Blount on Dec 18, 2017
      I was thinking the same thing.
    • It could be - use whichever product works best for you! Be sure to use the appropriate PPE with spray glues - some can be very toxic! :)
    • LIz Nolan LIz Nolan on Dec 18, 2017
      HUGE amt. of 'make-work' on this project...just spray the trees w off-white paint if you want that old brush look
    • Yylowinger Yylowinger on Dec 19, 2017
      Everyone has their own opinion of what the "old brush look" looks like.
    • Deb Ivy Deb Ivy on Nov 24, 2018

      A lot of people actually enjoy the “make work”.

      spray paint can be just as time consuming and also messy.


      I love the steps that were taken. Patience is a virtue!

      Ifvyou don’t like it, spray paint it!

      boo to the naysayers!

    • Amanda Jane Woods Amanda Jane Woods on Dec 18, 2018

      I've done things like this before, and spray glue doesn't allow the glitter, especially heavier glass glitter, to stick effectively. It's just too thin. As for simply spray painting the trees, they will look more heavily painted instead of natural, and then you cannot dye them. Spray paint or glue if you want, but it won't look anything much like this darling project.

    • Debbie Nottingham Debbie Nottingham on Dec 19, 2018

      Ditto, Deb Ivy. Merry Christmas. 🎄

    • Maryellen Maryellen on Dec 20, 2018

      I agree with Deb and Debbie! And another reason NOT to use spray glue is that it takes a long time to dry and may remain tacky in places that don't catch glitter, but those places WILL catch dust! Or any other small particle that it comes in contact with.

  • Cindy Cindy on Dec 19, 2018

    Instead of RIT dye, can you use food coloring?

    • Jill Ron Pike Jill Ron Pike on Dec 19, 2018

      It might not be as color-fast, especially submerged in fluid for snow globes. But other than that, it should. Just remember food dye is water-soluble, and dye is permanent.


    • Joanie Joanie on Dec 20, 2018

      I'm just guessing, but you can dye eggs with food coloring.?????

    • Joanie Joanie on Dec 20, 2018

      I use old onion skins for my eggs and they come out a pretty brownish caramel color....throw the eggs in a pot, onion skins on top, (from over the year), fill with water and after boil, bring them down to cook and sit over night for deeper color. Beets make a pretty burgundy...etc. on the veggies.

    • CeCe CeCe on Dec 20, 2018

      I have also used rubber bands to attach red onion skins to eggs before hard-boiling...makes beautiful patterned eggs.

    • Michelle Dodson Michelle Dodson on Dec 20, 2018

      Totally off-topic, I realize: My former in-laws had a sheep farm. My MIL & I carded and spun wool, but the coolest part was discovering which natural elements we could use for color. Steeped Goldenrod was one of my favorites, but we also used different teas, red onion skins, pulverized beets, grass cuttings and even (clean)dirt.

  • Lisa Lisa on Dec 20, 2018

    What is the white ‘snow’ in the bottom of the mason jar made from?

  • Fou8073803 Fou8073803 on Dec 23, 2018

    Where do you find "german glass glitter"? :)

    • 16999903 16999903 on Dec 28, 2018

      That's an excellent question and I hope she comes back to answer. My family purchased ornaments in Germany about 60 years ago. Glitter was not that easy to find that long ago. Over the years the silver glitter has actually tarnished. I actually LOVE them that way because they give such a nice vintage patina. My mother took excellent care of them so there are not that many missing.


      if you DON'T want them to tarnish, look for a plastic or mylar type glitter. If you don't get a response, you might try googling them.

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