colored bottle brush trees.

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Ok, I’m back at the bottle brush tree making. After finding these trees at menards for such a good deal ($1.49 for the big ones, $.74 for the medium sized and $.74 for a pack of two small ones) I knew I had to give this a try. Plus my mantle needed a few more trees….right?

Bleach
Bucket
Rubber Gloves
Rit Dye (I found mine at joanne fabrics for $1.84 a box)
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1. Make sure you are wearing gloves and clothes that you dont mind if they get dirty/ruined! Fill your bucket with about 3 cups water, 1 cup bleach. Dip your trees in there and give them a good swishing until the color strips off.  Be mindful of how  long you leave it in there, the bleach will eat away the brush bristles on your tree. This should only take a few minutes. Rinse the bleach off your trees.

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2. Prepare your dye. I used about 2-3 cups hot water and about half the package of dye. Dip your trees in for as little or long as you’d like. Let them dry, and then I used a bottle brush to actually “comb” my bristles back into place.

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What do you think? Overkill, or just want the mantel needed?
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Found original tutorial here.

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halloween paper chains.

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I know this isn’t the most ground-breaking of crafts. Think of it more of reminder not to underestimate the power of the good old fashioned,mighty—paper chain.  Theres all kinds of things you can do with it….use patterned paper, color combinations, ribbon – its a fun and creative way to get your kids involved with making decorations for any occasion, really.