Faux Vintage Style Bottle Brush Trees

Faux Vintage Style Bottle Brush Trees

You guys. I had so much fun making this project!

I’ve been in love with those vintage bottle brush trees for ages. They can be a bit pricey though – especially those big, full ones that look all glittery and old and awesome. Or maybe you can find an ivory one – and you really want a pink one. Or a turquoise one. Or maybe a giant one!

Well I’m super excited to finally be able to make my own!

pastel Christmas bottle brush trees

Aren’t they pretty colors? I love the spool bases the mini ones have too. Those were some vintage thread spools of my grandma’s!

pastel and glitter bottle brush trees

They have a pretty dusting of Diamond Dust too – so they really sparkle in the light.

bottle brush trees

So here’s your handy dandy tutorial!


  • Assorted sizes of FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam cones
  • Sisal rope
  • hot glue – lots of it
  • fabric dye
  • sharp scissors
  • trims or lights (optional)

Start with a mini cone – that way you can begin with a small one and get your groove before tackling the giant ones.

mini styrofoam cone

Cut your sisal rope into 1 1/2″ pieces (ish). Unravel the pieces until you get to the small strands of rope.

cutting sisal rope

Fray these smallest strands even further, so they are completely loose. Fold the pieces in half. It helps to make up a bunch of these folded pieces at a time.

Begin by gluing the pieces along the bottom edge of the cone. Run a bead of hot glue and along the base and press the point of the folded pieces of sisal into the glue. The ends should stick straight out.

gluing sisal to cone

Keep adding glue and rope all the way around the base.

first row of sisal

Continue gluing rows of sisal, working your way up the cone. This is after three rows.

three rows of sisal

Finish gluing the sisal all the way up the cone. Point the top pieces of sisal straight up.

sisal covered tree

Ok. I know you’re thinking we’ve made Cousin It with a bad bleach job. Hang in there.

untrimmed tree

Grab your trusty sharp scissors, it’s time for a haircut. Hold your tree over the trash can or other mess catcher. Start trimming the tree along the shape of the cone.

trimming sisal

Work all the way around the cone, trimming so that the tree has a nice triangle shape and the bottom row is trimmed evenly and close around the cone.

trimmed sisal tree

Ahhh. Much cuter.

Now you can finish your cones any way you’d like. If you want to just place the cone in a base, you can add a toothpick into the bottom center to hold it.

toothpick base

Pop your cone onto a thread spool for a cute display!

finished sisal tree

Dyeing your trees is super easy. Just pour about a teaspoon of dye into about a cup of water and put it in a spray bottle. Lightly spray the trees until they are the color you want.

dyeing sysal trees

Adding glitter is super easy too. Dab some glue on the bristles and sprinkle the trees with Diamond Dust or glitter.

adding glue and glitter to tree

You can add lights to your tree too! These tiny wired LED lights are perfect for wrapping around your trees. My big tree took two strands.

mini lights

I wrapped them around my biggest tree and then added some little pom poms for color.

pom poms and lights sisal tree

Here’s a super close up so you can see how thin the wire is.

mini lights on tree

That’s it!! Aren’t they fun?

vintage sisal tree DIY

faux bottle brush trees

Sisal and Styrofoam Trees

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by FloraCraft. All opinions are my own! :)

If you want some more Christmas projects and fun craft ideas, you can check out MakeItFunCrafts.com and CraftsnCoffee.com!

So what’s your Christmas style? Do you decorate Retro? Modern? Colorful? I’d love to hear!

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  • Reply December 18, 2013

    Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe

    Okay, these are TOO fun! I love the look and NEVER would have guessed how you made them! LOVE!!!

  • Reply December 24, 2013


    These are awesome! I was wondering what color(s) of dye did you use to get your tree to be a mint green/seafoam green color?

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