How to Dye Bottle Brush Trees

One of our favorite crafts to do at Christmas is to Dye those dark green bottle brush trees that you see all over, in everyone’s Christmas village. This is a super easy DIY and you can make these trees any colors you want, to fit in with any color scheme. We use them all over the house as decorations, we even put them in our succulent arrangements making an ordinary arrangement so much more festive. Follow these three simple steps to make some fun colored bottle brush trees of your own.


Step 1 – Bleach your Trees

Fill a large bowl with hot water and add your bleach. About 2 cups of bleach, give or take. The more bleach you add the quicker the color will fade.

Wearing your gloves, put a bunch of your trees into the bleach water and let soak. You can rub the trees periodically to remove the dark green color quicker, but if you’d like the white snow to remain on the trees, don’t rub them and just let them soak longer.

Once your trees have lost all the color all the way to the center coil, you can remove them from the bleach water, rinse them in some hot water and let drip dry.

Step 2 – Dye your Trees

Fill a few bowls with hot water and add your dye to each. You can go as light or dark as you’d like on the dye.

Again, wearing your gloves, submerge your trees into the different colors and let soak for a couple minutes. Once you are happy with the color, rinse them once again with water and let drip dry.

Step 3 – Dry your Trees

Once your trees have air dried for a while, take a hairdryer and fully dry your trees. You want to make sure they are completely dry, especially in the center, because if they stay damp too long the center coil can rust.

  1. Deb

    1 December

    I wonder how you can dye/paint the bottle brush trees cream/white? 🤷🏻‍♀️

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