How to Make a Bottle Brush Tree

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Create festive bottle brush holiday trees.
Create festive bottle brush holiday trees. (Image: Siri Stafford/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Model train aficionados include small trees in their natural track layouts, often creating their own from old baby bottle brushes. You can use the same method to make modern versions of holiday Christmas trees. Use the same techniques as old-time model railroad builders to create your own vintage-looking bottle brush tree for a holiday decoration.

Things You'll Need

  • Bottle brush
  • Metal snips
  • Scissors
  • Cork
  • Washer
  • Craft glue
  • Spray paint
  • Spray flocking

Cut off the handle of the bottle brush about 2 inches from the bottom of the bristles. Discard the handle and keep the brush end.

Snip off the brush bristles in a descending angle to create a fir tree shape. Leave the longest bristles at the bottom and cut until the top of the tree is a point.

Spray paint the tree a bright Christmas green, white or any other desired color. Allow the paint to dry, then spray on a light dusting from a spray can of holiday flocking. Allow the flocking to dry.

Cut a cork in half horizontally so that you have two stubby corks. Spray paint one cork red, gold or another festive holiday color. Glue a washer to the bottom of the painted cork piece. Allow the glue to dry.

Set the painted cork on the table with the washer side down. Push the painted bottle brush tree stem into the center of the cork, pushing until the stem is almost at the bottom of the cork.

Tips & Warnings

  • These trees can make attractive decorations in neon colors, pastels or other color combinations.

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References

  • Henry Quandt, model railroad builder, Lincoln Park, MI
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