Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Vintage Look Bottle Brush Trees Tutorial

Here's something you might want to give a try this holiday season! Make your own bottle brush trees! I found this how to, from Cathe's blog, Just Something You Made.



Here's what you need to get started:
Vise, tabletop or clamp type
wire 22 gauge
scissors
wire cutters
ruler
glue
Sisal twine
pencil
mica flakes


Cut 4- 4" pieces of the twine and unravel them all until you get a pile of them.
Cut a 20" piece of wire and fold in half. Make a loop on the end by wrapping it around a pencil a couple of times.



Put glue on both pieces of your wire and lay your pile of twine on one side and lay the other side of the glued wire on top. Your twine is going to be sandwiched in between the wires. Twist a little bit on each end.



Let your glue get a little tacky and then put the ends of your wires in the vise.



Begin twisting and twisting until it looks like the whole wire has been twisted nice and tight.


Take out of the vise and give your tree a haircut!


Now brush your tree with glue and sprinkle heavily with mica flakes.


Trim your wire on both ends of the tree and hot glue your tree into a piece of a sliced tree branch. I used a hand drill with a small bit to make a hole in the wood. Then decorate with tiny ornaments! Have fun making your trees!!

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Letting everyone know that I made a pattern for my Santa Doll that I made and sold a few weeks back. I will get the pattern on Pattern Mart later tonight, and have a link to it over on my right side bar when it's ready.

11 comments:

Jan Marie said...

That looks easy enough...thanks for the tutorial...

Jan

dee begg said...

They look cool! Might have to give them a try when I get some time. Thanks for sharing.

D

WoolenSails said...

Wonderful tutorial and way to make your own tree.
I have tons of santa patterns and none are what I want, lol. I want to make an ornie to match my punch, just need to figure it out.

Debbie

acorn hollow said...

I have this on my to do list for this weekend love it
Cathy

Donna said...

Gracious, that is so darn cute! Love it!

Brenda said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial! Another project to add to my to do list!!

Brenda

Carmen at Primcatshouse said...

Well I'll be! That is just adorable and so easy! TFS!

Carmen and the Primcats

Paula-Pieces from the Past said...

Thanks for sharing this tutorial-very cute. Love the Santa Doll pattern too!

Paula

West Side of Straight said...

Love the tree tutorial. They sure turned out cute. We sure have enough twine around here, so I should try it. Have a great end of the week, jo

Homespun Hannah said...

The Santa Doll is awesome! I will definately want to buy that pattern :)

Casarth-Bären said...

das ist ja eine super Idee !!!! Dankeschön !!!!
Liebe Grüße Ines aus Deutschland