I bought a bunch of bottle brush trees right before Christmas. I found a few at a drug store and I robbed a few displays with the help of the staff at Sears. The houses in the displays were all gone and they were taking all the decorations down. I asked, "can I buy these trees"? The lady discounted them and I took them all. Since I had a bunch of bottle brush tree's I thought I should go ahead and bleach them.
These are how they look when you start. I don't really like the green color and I love to use them around the house. I am actually thinking some time I might change the base to little wood slices. I think it would be cute with the bark still on.
These were really small so I just did them with a bowl. I put half water and half bleach. It does not take too long but some trees take longer than others.
This is after a few minutes and you can see the bleach stripping the color.
These didn't take long at all. They actually lighten up even more when they dry. I try to rinse them out really good with clean water and try and get all the bleach off of them.
This little one actually has some of the wire showing and I love it.
Quite a difference in the look of these trees.
Here they are all finished, I love how they turned out.
They look so sweet on my window sill in the kitchen.
I think this project turned out great. I can use these all year round and I just love them.