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!!
Step 1. Select your yarn or fibre. Wrap it around a tapered cup or lay out short strands, about 2-3″ long.
Step 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.
Step 3. Trim the woolly mess into a tree shape. Trim the wire ends and use a cork as a tree stand.
Here are what the kids made.
These 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,