Monday, October 17, 2016

Halloween Bottle Brush Trees

Bottle brush trees are just sprouting
up everywhere here at
Purple Chocolat Home
for Halloween.

Today I am going to show you a
simplified way to create colorful
bottle brush trees to fill your holiday

I created the Halloween Bottle brush trees
in color collections.
These are my purple ones, and some
will be able to double for Christmas.

The orange and yellow collection,

And the black collection.

I made over 30 in one afternoon,
and they were super easy,
because we aren't going to do
any bleaching.

I found these natural trees by
They are 5 inches tall (3 for $9).
I also purchased another assortment
found on Amazon, ranging from 1 1/2
inches to 4 inches, that people said could
be bleached (24 for $15).

That way I skipped the whole bleaching
process.  This makes it so easy, and I
love the 5 inch trees.  They are a little
harder to find this tall.

Start by dissolving about half a package of
dry Rit dye in hot water in a plastic cup. 
 I used yellow, orange, purple
and black.  My black was liquid, but
the others were powdered.  

Also fill a cup or two with half white
vinegar and half water.  I used two cups,
as I didn't want to rinse my darks and
lights together.

To create the ombre effect like above,
don't dip the top so that it remains
natural, then dip two thirds of the way
up with yellow, and then the bottom
third with orange.

After dipping in dye,
rinse under running water, 
then dip in the vinegar mix to set the color, 
and let dry on paper towels.

The black didn't want to take as well.
It rinsed out creating a brown effect,
so I didn't rinse it off, I let it dry without
rinsing and it stayed a dark black.

Finish by brushing Mod Podge on the tree
and then sprinkling glitter on.

I just love the dark purple ones - of course!!

My friend Joanne taught us how to make
these for Easter a couple of years ago.  Click
on that link for making ones you have to bleach.
She always glams hers up by gluing 
the trees to the tops of
salt shakers to add height and style.  I found
mine on Amazon - get sets of 12 for about
$1 each shaker.  Fill
your shakers with glitter, sparkle or baubles
and glue on some fun Halloween ribbon,
buttons, spiders, or anything fun and sparkly.

Joanne even has some that are on
silver plated salt and pepper shakers
that she got thrifting!  I need some of those -
so elegant.

As you can see, Beulah loves them so much,
she is surrounded by them.  We have them
placed all over the house.

Enjoy!  This only takes a little while
and is so easy, and the trees can be
here so quickly if you have 
Amazon Prime!

Thanks for flying in to see us this
fun time of year.

Happy Halloween decorating.


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. I love how these look! the yellow and orange look like little candy corns!
    wonderful and so halloween-ish!
    thank you!

  2. Adorable and spooktacular for a mini haunted forest! Thanks so much for the links for the trees :)

    1. Nice to find some that are tall and need one less step.

  3. Those turned out so beautiful, Jacqueline. They almost look like crystals from afar....Christine

  4. That is so adorable! I've always loved those little trees anyway and this is a great idea. Love that you gave us all the links too! Thanks for such a clever idea, Jacqueline!

    1. Hope you give them a try! They are addictive! I bought extra for Christmas.

  5. Jacqueline, your little trees are so cute! You are so creative! You just always have the best seasonal decor!

  6. What a great idea to create amazing Halloween decor with these trees - so fun! Now I need to get a little Halloween added to my house!

  7. Lovely idea Jackie. The trees are so adorable. I love how you can use some for Christmas...of course your purple ones. Thank you so much for sharing the links and tips.

  8. You always do such fun things for holidays, Jackie. I love, love those orange and yellow trees, they look like candy corn. I tried doing some for Easter, but they didn't look very good...I couldn't get some of them to fill out after bleaching them, they were kind of matted looking.


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