I have recently read a number of ‘How To Bleach Bottle Brush Tree’ tutorials. All of them had a theme, grab some cheap bottle brush trees, throw some cap-fulls of bleach in water and glorious vintage looking trees shall emerge!!!
Bottle brush trees are not cheap and It takes a crap ton more bleach than anyone says. BUT the vintage glorious-es-ness that appears is amazing. Now see how to really bleach bottle brush trees.
- Bottle Brush Trees (Try Googling sisal trees too. Honestly I got mine at Kmart (nope, they aren’t paying me). I couldn’t beat 21 trees for $12.99 even online)
- Sink or Bowl to bleach them in
Fill up a sink or bowl with warm/hot water. The warmer water bleaches faster. Faster, being relative. This process is gonna take a couple hours. Throw in the trees, if you have ones that are made of a material that will bleach then they are going to sink as the soak up water. Throw in two cups, that’s right two CUPS of bleach. Don’t pussy out here with a couple cap-fulls. Let’s get this bleaching party started. Gently stir the trees around so they are evenly submerged. Gently. You don’t want a matted mess to deal with later.
After letting the trees set for about 20 minutes the water will turn a lovely color of ick. Drain all that out and repeat step 1. Oh hell yeah I said 2 MORE cups of bleach. We are bleaching trees here people. Not coddling them. Let this mixture set for 30 min to an hour. Depending on the tree, they bleached fully white in that time frame. Well except one… I had one dud tree that refused to bleach fully. That puppy is red now, but that is another story…
Rinse the trees out. Lightly rub the trees to remove any stuck on fake snow if your trees had them on it. Lightly shake the trees upside down to remove extra water and fluff the fibers. Set them aside to dry and marvel that an internet tutorial actually worked!
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