Bottle brushes are shaped like pine trees because of the way the bristles stick out creating a cylinder. This makes them perfect for creating miniature trees. Train collectors often use them to set around train tracks to make the set look more realistic. Bottle brush trees are also used for Christmas décor for mantel displays or centrepieces. You can make your own miniature Christmas trees and wreaths as well with a few craft supplies and bottle brushes.
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Things you need
- White bottle brushes
- Wire cutters
- Styrofoam block
- Green spray paint
- Wine corks
- Utility knife
- Felt stars
- Craft glue
- Wire wreath base with clips
- Holiday bow
Cut the wire of the bottle brushes 2.5 cm (1-inch) below the end of the actual brushes with wire cutters.
Insert the cut ends into a styrofoam block. This will hold the brushes upright for painting.
Trim the bristles of the brushes to taper them into pine tree shape. Cut the bristles at the top shorter and leave them longer as you get closer to the bottom.
Spray the brushes with green spray paint or any other colour you like for uniquely coloured trees and wreaths. Allow the paint to dry.
Cut a small slit into the centre of the narrow end of a wine cork with a utility knife. Do this for as many corks as you have trees.
Insert the wire ends of the painted bottle brushes into the slit.
Wrap tinsel around the trees and glue felt stars to the tops of the trees.
Tuck the wire ends of the bottle brushes into the clips around the wreath base. Clip four wire ends under each clip for a full looking wreath.
Bend the brushes to shape them and cover any bare spots in the wreath.
Attach a holiday bow to the wreath to decorate it. If the bow has wires at the back, twist them around the wreath base to secure it. If it does not have wires, glue it in place with craft glue.
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