Make a Pink Ombre Christmas Tree With This Easy Tutorial

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These adorable ombre Christmas trees are one of my favorite holiday décor ideas, and I wanted to share this simple project with you before Christmas arrives.

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Bottle brush trees always pop up in stores during this time of year, and the really beautiful ones are not cheap.

Since I wanted to display a few in different areas of my home and wanted colors that would match my color scheme, I decided to make them myself for a more affordable price.

Ombre Christmas tree ideas

These DIY ombre Christmas trees are made with minimal supplies that you can find at your nearest craft store.

Neutral colored bottle brush tree and dollops of red and pale pink craft paint

1. Choose the color of your ombre Christmas trees

I bought the neutral bottle brush trees and decided to paint them with red and pale pink craft paint. This will fit the color scheme I have chosen for my holiday décor.

The ombre effect will look great with most color palettes, so pick whatever suits your personal style.

Ombre Christmas tree decoration ideas

2. Paint the top of the tree

Begin by dipping your paintbrush in a little water, but don't get it too wet.

Painting the top tip of the bottle brush with red craft paint

Start by painting the tip of the artificial tree with the darkest shade—in my case, red.

Depending on the size of your tree, you will want to paint about an inch or two of the deeper shade on the top part.

Make sure you get all the way to the center of the tree; this will give you a nice, saturated color.

The technique is easy; simply brush the paint onto the tree bristles, covering them in color, and pushing the color into the center of the tree.

Mixture of red paint and pale pink paint

3. Paint a lighter color under the top color

Next, you need to mix your deepest shade with a little bit of the lighter shade. This will result in a hue that is one shade lighter than your darkest color. The process is simple!

So, I took my red and mixed in some of the pale pink to create my next color. I then used this slightly paler shade to paint a band just underneath the red.

Dabbing paint into the center of the tree

Just dab the color onto the tree branches with your brush, overlapping the deeper color just a bit so it all blends nicely.

Painting a pale pink shade near the bottom of the bottle brush tree

4. Continue painting lighter shades down the tree

You are now going to continue mixing the previous paint color you created with the paler color as you work your way down the tree.

In my case, I added my pale pink paint to the darker pink I had made before, making it lighter and allowing me to create a beautiful ombré effect.

Remember to slightly overlap each layer so that the colors blend well, and as you get to the lower sections, leave the center slightly less saturated to really enhance the ombre effect.

Ombre effect on the bottle brush tree

Continue like this until you start reaching the bottom of the tree.

When you get to the second-to-last layer, only use your lightest shade.

I brushed the pale pink onto the tree and then I left the very bottom of the tree the neutral white shade it came in.

Small ombre Christmas tree

4. End with a neutral color

Once I reached the bottom of my tree, I lightly passed my brush along the branches for a very subtle effect. This just added a little extra detail so that it wasn’t totally white but still obviously neutral. 

Ombre Christmas tree decoration

How cute are these small ombre Christmas trees? I think they turned out perfectly.

Red and pink ombre bottle brush trees on a mantle

I placed mine at my front entrance and over my fireplace. They are so easy to tuck in anywhere you want and add the festive vibe I was looking for.

Mantle decorated for Christmas with mini Christmas trees and garlands

Ombre Christmas tree tutorial

I hope you guys loved today's DIY as much as I loved making it. I love hearing your thoughts, so please leave comments down below.

Have a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

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