I have to admit I was as surprised that dyeing bottle brush trees worked just as well as bleaching them. The process goes hand in hand so if you have green Christmas trees you want to dye lighter or different colors check out how to bleach them first. If you already have light colored trees to dye then read this handy how to. You can make any color but I chose red to go with my Christmas decor.
- DRY Bleached or light colored bottle brush trees (Tutorial here)
- Natural Fiber Dye (This tutorial used RIT Rit Dye Powder 1 1/8 oz Scarlet*)
- Large Pot with warm water
Prepare the dye bath. This step always seems easy BUT invariably I end up getting dye on my skin, or making a bad color, or boiling the water instead of warming it… I didn’t bother with salt or basically directions. I’m a rebel like that. Just mixed some dye and warm water.
Step 2 Dying to Dye Them
Put trees in dye. Swish LIGHTLY (see notes for why it needs to be lightly). I let mine sit about 30 minutes. I hope this is pretty self explanatory
Step 3 Rinse and Repeat. Well just rinse and set them to dry
Here is what happens when you use a freshly bleached (wet) tree and then over swish. The ‘needles’ got over saturated. It basically looks like my cat hacked it up. You can still redeem this tree when dry. But that requires lots of combing and re-wetting stubborn areas to dry in a nice way. Honestly, don’t do this.
Also got your dye very hot? Then yeah if you have cheap plastic bases you may end up warping them a bit.
Other than that you have some great bottle brush trees in any color you need for Christmas and other holidays.
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