Friday, November 18, 2011

Altered bottle brush tree project

Hello!  I'm finally posting the altered Xmas bottles my friend Jodi and I made last weekend.  These are simple to make and so pretty. I love the way they turned out.
 
Here's what you need to make yours: 
Old bottle(thrift store)
Bottle brush tree (craft store)
Bag of faux snow 
Champagne or gold tinsel glitter
E-6000 glue
Liquitex matte gel medium
Fabric scraps 
Jewelry pieces for decorating
Jodi came up with a great concoction for decorating the bottle brush trees.  She mixed faux snow from Michael's with champagne tinsel glitter in a bowl.  This really helps stretch the glitter and gives it more texture.  We bleached bottle brush trees from the craft store.  Removing the green makes them easier to cover.  We then applied spray adhesive to the dried trees and sprinkled our mixture onto the tree until covered.  It did take a few layers.  Tip: Create two stations. A spray station in a box or over newspaper then a second station where you apply glitter mix. I put newspaper down and used a plastic bowl to mix and apply glitter.
 I think this is an inexpensive alternative to using all your fine German glass glitter.  I really like how easily it covered and the texture it creates. We glued the trees onto the bottles with E-6000.
The bottles were finished off by wrapping them in fabric scraps. I used gel medium to adhere the fabric to the bottle. It dries clear.  The coordinating jewelry pieces were attached with more E-6000.  The large bottle has a strand of pearls hanging about the neck.  These will definitely be part of my Christmas decor this year!  Hope you had a great week.  More Christmas projects on the way!


45 comments:

  1. Very pretty! I love how you added the pearls around the neck of the bottle.

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  2. Awesome!!! I like the extra bling you added to the bottles.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Prim Blessings
    Robin

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  3. Hi, I love how you did this project and sharing with us. I found an old tree that I wanted to glitter, and now you have taught me. Thanks

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  4. Oh So Pretty.... I actually just bought some Wire Brush Tree's at the Craft store today... I was going to be Sparkling them Pink....:) One might think your tree's are REAL gold as they look Simply AMAZING!!! LOVELY..

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  5. These are stunning! I love the touches, so festive and evokes the brilliance of the season~
    So glad you shared xXx

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  6. Gorgeous, love all that sparkle!
    I've been bleaching trees all afternoon, they are all lined up drying, have to wait till tomorrow to give them a little sparkle!
    Tracey

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  7. I love it, I am such a freak about old bottles, I just can't get enough! Bet you will find some this weekend! Have fun!

    carol

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  8. Oh wow Vicki, these are gorgeous, love that champagne color!! xo

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  9. Breathtaking! Love all the glitz and glitter. Is there something inside or just applied to the outside? Warm Hugs,

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  10. what a great idea! thanks for letting us know what you used to make them! they are just beautiful!

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  11. How creative and beautiful! Love those easy projects too. Happy Holidays.
    XO
    Eloise

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  12. Although I'm a prim lover at heart, the crow in my soul just gravitates towards all that glitters and shines - and these are WONDERFUL! But, whew! I was afraid you had used vintage bottle brush trees - so relieved that wasn't the case. But how, exactly, does one "bleach" a tree - just dump it in a container of Clorox??? These are too adorable not to try. I haven't been able to find any E-6000 in these parts, but I'll renew my online search. I think these are cross all style types and will blend in with prims, modern, glitz and what-no-have-you. Love it Vicki!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

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  13. These are so adorable. Thank you for sharing your secrets. I bet you ladies had so much fun.
    Joy, Di

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  14. OH MY -they looks gorgeous dear Vicki, so beautiful, LOVE the way the snow/glitter turned out on the trees, I huess it is the same mix, you put inside the bottles! And the bottle necklace is a lovely idea.
    Hugs,Dorthe

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  15. That is so clever and beautiful. Lovely decorations. xx

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  16. Oh I LOVE these! Absolutely gorgeous and thank you for the explanations! :D Stunning pieces!

    Hugs,

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  17. Aloha, Wow, the bottle-bruch trees turned out beautiful! I love the extras you put on the bottles. Antique and vintage bottles are one of my favorite things.
    Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial for this project! I love the idea of mixing the snow with the glass glitter. I'm going to give that a try.
    Hugs to you.

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  18. These are so pretty. I love how you glittered the little bottle brush trees and added the jewels. Lovely.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  19. What a wonderful idea...and so pretty! Thanks so much for your congratulations! I appreciate all the bloggy love!...hugs...Debbie

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  20. These are simply gorgeous! You really have talent Vicki!!

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  21. I love your trees and I like the thickness of the snowy glitter on them. Now I have another bottle craft to make and since I just bought a bag of that snow this week I am ahead of the game!!!

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  22. I liked this so much I just tweeted, Facebooked and Pinterested it!

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  23. I just spent the last couple of days making some similar ones! Don't they look great on top of bottles? Yours are really pretty.

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  24. Thanks for the tip to stretch the glitter. It looks like the faux snow gives it more dimension also. Yours turned out fabulous.

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  25. Wow your bottle tree creations may be my favorite I've seen on line!

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  26. hello, What a wonderful post. I am so glad i stopped by.

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  27. How creative! Bottle brush trees. Thank you for the tutorial also :)

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  28. Love the trees! I'm itching to get some new ones (don't want to use any from my collection) and try bleaching and dying and now snow/glittering them.

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  29. Soooo pretty, Vickie! Thank you for sharing!
    xoxo
    Karen

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  30. They are SO pretty Vicki
    Great project.
    Have a wonderful sunday
    xo Tina

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  31. You two did a wonderful job on these beauties!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  32. What a stunning holiday decoration! Love, love, love them!! :)

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  33. I love this! Absoloutely gorgeous! I am sooo trying this!

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  34. I love these Christmas trees. They have an antique look to them. Very pretty project.

    Danielle

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  35. Vicki these are just gorgeous!! TFS.
    Have a great day.
    Hugs,
    Marie

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  36. Your trees are just adorable! I've been trying to find some pretty ones too. I am a happy new follower!

    Jeanine

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  37. Hi Vicki! They are beautiful! Thanks for the tip on the stations (I usually just make a mess everywhere!) I bleached trees last week and have been decorating them, and I think I may have a bottle somewhere around here.....
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    t.xoxoxoox

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  38. Hi Vicki, newest follower... love love, love your bottles. Your blog and works are awesome.. Hugs, Cindy

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  40. so what exactly is inside the bottle

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