How-to dye inexpensive bottle brush trees to match your holiday decor. Simple, easy, and oh so shabby chic!

How To Dye Bottle Brush Trees

I love bottle brush trees and if you’ve been around here for a while you probably already know that.  I want to start using them more in my Christmas decor but it seemed that I only find them in an off-white color and in a dark green. That’s great for most purposes but I went with a lot of bold reds this year and I wanted some trees to match that.  Rit Dyed Bottle Brush TreesI thought I had a genius idea using Rit Dye for this purpose then realized it had already been done so while this isn’t new to the world it’s new to me and I want to show you how easy it is.  *This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience.  Click here to read my full disclosure policy.Collage one

Supplies:

Bottle Brush Trees

Rit Dye in color of your choice – I chose Cherry Red

Glass Bowl

Measuring Spoon

Hot Water

Old Towels

Rit Dye Bottle Brush Trees Collage 2Make sure your work surface is totally covered – dye will DYE everything it touches.  I used an old towel to protect my lovely yellow 1970’s kitchen counter.  I figured if it had held on for over 40 years I should keep it unscathed 😉

Fill your bowl with 2 cups of VERY HOT water and then stir in 4 teaspoons of Rit Dye (before opening the dye shake it well but shake it somewhere safe or at least make sure the lid is on SUPER TIGHT).  A part of me thinks this whole process should be done outside because of Dye fear.

Now, add your trees.  I partially dipped one and loved the way it looked.  I should have done some ombre ones – note to self – try ombre for next year.

Place all of your trees in the water making sure they are submerged.

Leave them under water to soak up the dye for 5 to 10 minutes.  The longer you leave them to soak the deeper the color will be.  I left mine in for 10 minutes.Rit Dyed Bottle Brush Trees 2Now, carefully drain the water from the trees and run cold water over everything until it runs clear.

Place your trees on a safe surface, i.e., crappy towel to dry.Bottle Brush Trees Rit Dye cupcakesandcrinoline.com 2Once they’re dry decorate to your heart’s content! I didn’t put any glitter on them yet but I think I will.

Bottle Brush Trees on cake plate

Here’s a bit of a side note.  The trees are an almost dusky maroon and not the deep rich cherry red I was hoping for.  I think the problem was that I started with bottle trees that were off-white.  I may try a bleaching process first and then try this again or I may just look for some white trees – we’ll see! Signature Honey Script 09 29 2015

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