Happy Wednesday friends! 🙂 Can you all believe Christmas is just 15 days away? That’s two weeks and one day people! Yikes! I have to admit, I am a lot more focused on basic decorating like curtains and hanging art in our rooms then I am with Christmas decor, which is both sad and good. Sad because I love Christmas and want sparkily red, green, white and gold all over. Good because there is a lot more to Christmas then a perfectly decorated house- it’s celebrating the birth of Jesus and all the blessings that came with it!
Yet I digress. I still wanted to do some decorating, so when I was prepping for the great Icemagedon of 2013 here in Dallas, I went to the craft store to hoard supplies. Yes, while most people were piling bread and milk in their carts to survive though the weekend, I was at the craft store getting glitter, paint and these mini Christmas trees. I found them in the section with train sets and village decor, which in my store was towards the front. This assortment of 21 trees set me back $10 big ones. 🙂
You all have probably seen the bleach bottle tree tutorial throughout the internet. Apparently they were huge last year, and made a strong comeback this year. I didn’t hear about them until this year, however. So the thing is, you buy these mini trees, soak them in bleach so all the green comes out, and you are left with these white trees. You can either dye them a different color (pink! gold! yellow! purple!) or just leave them white. While I did make a few white/colorful ones, I experimented with different dipping times and bleach strengths to find what I liked best. My favorite? Ombre, of course!
To make this, you simply fill a bucket/container with a mix of bleach and water. I used my super fail glass painting attempt glasses, since I figured they might as well be good for something. I started with three parts water to one part bleach because I heard the bleach could melt the trees. This worked fine, but took longer and my trees were not melting, so I ended up increasing it to two parts bleach to one part water, which worked better for me. I suggest you start with more water just to make sure you don’t melt the trees. Prepare your work space with something that you don’t mind getting totally ruined. I did mine on top of our countertops, but since I really like those and don’t want to bleach them, I put a layer of plastic, plus 2 layers of yellow cloth napkins I was okay with losing on top.
For a white/faded green tree, simply dip your tree into your glass and hold. Check it every 15 seconds or so until you are happy with the color. Then dip into a glass of water to rinse the bleach, then set on a surface to dry overnight.
For an ombre tree, dip just the top part into the bleach and count to 30 or so. Then submerge more of the tree so it’s 2/3 of the way in the bleach. Another 30 seconds, and then you will submerge the rest of the tree. If you are happy with your ombre, dip in water and dry. If you want more ombre- then repeat the process! So easy, quick and fun!
I did several variations with different strengths of bleach/dipping time. For the ones that were bigger then my glass, I either shoved them in (my trees had a bendy metal frame, so I could straighten them right back out when I was done!) or did the top and middle first, then put the tree trunk first into the bleach water.
For the few trees I dyed, I used both pink and purple fabric dye. I filled up two glasses with a mixture of each dye and water, and then submerged the trees that were bleached white into them for 15 seconds at a time until I was happy with the color. WEAR GLOVES FOR THIS!!! Unless you like colorful hands, which could be fun too! 🙂
And there you have it! A little village of Christmas trees- bleached, ombre and dyed. This whole project took me about 20 minutes start to finish (and then 24 hours of dry time).
Have any quick and easy Christmas decor ideas? I’d love to hear them!