Bottle Brush Trees

I’ve discovered how much fun it is to make little bottle brush trees.  And how incredibly easy it is, too.  Like, crazy simple.  Like, I can’t even believe it!  I owe it all to Virginia over at Fynes Designs.  She shared a tutorial and I scrolled through with my mouth hanging open.  Please, pop over and check it out.  I love how she has them displayed in her baking pans that hang on her wall.  Makes me want to re-do my newly installed plate wall already, actually.

Anyway, I made some the other night when my friend, Alena, was over.  She made some, too, actually, we made quite a few and a new addiction was born.  I even got the kids doing it!!  And you should see their trees!!  So sweet!  I love seeing what they pick for yarn and how they turn out!

Here’s how to make them – or my translation of how to do it!!

 

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Step 1. Select your yarn or fibre.  Wrap it around a tapered cup or lay out short strands, about 2-3″ long.

IMG_9127IMG_9144Step 2. Insert yarn strands or the looped yarn from the cup between a doubled over piece of wire.  I used 20 and 22 gauge….both worked well, but the heavier is what I would use if I hadn’t ran out.  Give the ends a little twist.  This is where you’ll need to clip your loops if you wrapped it around a cup.  Next, grab the top and bottom of the soon to be tree with pliers and twist, twist, twist.  You will be left with a woolly mess like the one below.

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Step 3. Trim the woolly mess into a tree shape.  Trim the wire ends and use a cork as a tree stand.

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Here are what the kids made.

IMG_9149IMG_9158IMG_9154IMG_9155These trees are so much fun! I would highly recommend making these!  I’m looking forward to decorating my new house with my new trees!!  Now, I want a cloche to tuck a few of these under….

To be continued,

Lori

 

  • Alena - December 7, 2014 - 11:17 am

    yeah I made another blog post!! There’s even a picture of my hand on here! I had a great time making them (the company was pretty okay too I guess) and they look really great in my house. I think I might need to get myself some wire….. I love the yarn your girls choose!ReplyCancel

  • Lori - December 8, 2014 - 6:49 am

    I’m glad you had fun!! And aren’t they so easy peasy!?!?!?ReplyCancel

  • Dayle - December 8, 2014 - 10:43 am

    How adorable are those?ReplyCancel

    • Lori - December 10, 2014 - 10:08 pm

      Thanks, Dayle! And truly so easy!!ReplyCancel

  • Flower Patch Farmgirl - December 9, 2014 - 10:42 pm

    These are SO RAD!
    I think I could even pull it off.
    Love it. Thanks for linking up!ReplyCancel

    • Lori - December 10, 2014 - 10:10 pm

      Thanks, Shannon!! You and your sweet littles could totally rock these!! 🙂 I love what you are doing…you are a huge inspiration to me!!ReplyCancel

  • Beth - December 10, 2014 - 9:58 pm

    Lori, I have an extra cloche that you can have. I will take it to SES and you can pick it up from me. (I would send it home with Lena but it is glass and quite heavy.)
    Happy Holidaze!ReplyCancel

    • Lori - December 10, 2014 - 10:11 pm

      Oh, Beth!! Thank you!!! I’ll be there on Monday to help with…something….ReplyCancel

      • Beth - December 11, 2014 - 5:56 pm

        Perfect! My husband and I are downsizing and moving to our cottage so I need to purge a few things. Glad to see the cloche go to a good home 🙂 See ewe Monday!ReplyCancel