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 12, 2013


    Absolutely gorgeous — and brilliant! I love bottle brush trees, too, and never thought about making them. Love this idea — you can make them any size you want. Thank you!

    • December 12, 2013


      Thank you so much Sharon!! I love the size options too – now I want to make a giant one!! :)

  • Reply December 12, 2013

    Lisa A

    Loved your tutorial! Beautiful& so easy!

    • December 12, 2013


      Thanks Lisa!

  • Reply December 12, 2013

    Krysta - KrystaSteen.com

    I love these!!! All the other tutorials I’ve seen use bleach to make green trees white, and since I refuse to use bleach in my house I was bummed I couldn’t make them, lol!

    Thanks for the tip! :)

    • December 12, 2013


      Thanks Krysta! That’s why I liked them too – none of that bleach mess! :)

  • Reply December 12, 2013

    Denise... On A Whim

    These are so awesome Bev! Love them!!

    • December 12, 2013


      Thanks Denise!

  • Reply December 12, 2013


    These are beautiful! I love that you can make custom colors depending on your decor. Pinning and sharing!

    • December 12, 2013


      Thanks Jen! It’s so fast to add the color – makes me want to make up a bunch more! :) Thanks for the shares too!

  • Reply December 12, 2013

    Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims

    These are so cool – i’ve never seen this technique before! And they are so easy to customize!

    • December 12, 2013


      Thanks Rebecca! They were so easy to make!

  • Reply December 12, 2013

    Jennifer Menteer

    I feel like these are LIFE CHANGING. Seriously. I’m going to make an ARMY of these!!!

  • Reply December 12, 2013

    pam hill

    Thanks so much for the tutorial. I have always loved these trees. Can’t wait to get some made this week.

  • Reply December 12, 2013

    Lynne Tilley

    Oh oh oh, you did an excellent job, I love them so! I’m a child of the 60′s and we had those neat candles made with melted wax in a quart milk carton and they came out all lacy. I wish someone would make a tutorial on those, they were so pretty! I should google that, surely they are out there. Again, your unique bottle brush trees are great, and your tutorial is wonderful! I’m all inspired now!!

  • Reply December 12, 2013

    Shirley Elmer

    This is so cute! Lov it,Thx U for sharing!!♥♡♥ : )

  • Reply December 12, 2013


    i have been following you for a few months, love and am inspired by your work but, those trees are outstanding!!!!

  • Reply December 12, 2013


    Such a good idea. Thank you for making it easy.

  • Reply December 13, 2013


    they look so soft and fluffy and lovely. but before reading the DIY I thought that you had made them by fluffing out brushes (ones we use to clean bathrooms) or bottle brushes and hence the name…;)

  • Reply December 13, 2013


    OK… You have outdone yourself here Bev!!! These are so awesome I have to run right out and get some sisal rope and just “hole up” and play!!!

  • Reply December 13, 2013

    Rachel of OddModicum

    Um… can I just say “heck yeah”??!!! Every once in a while a DIY comes along that makes me wanna break into song…. WHAT a glorious tutorial!!! Gorgeous craft… truly innovative. I’m a lover of vintage bottle brush trees, and I’m a mad fiend for decorating tiny trees from Michaels and hand sewing little burlap + fabric xmas tree skirts for them and giving as gifts…. but your bottle brush trees are soooo much cooler to start with than a little store-bought faux tree! ADORE the cute ‘spool’ bases, and the diamond dust… its all just brilliant! Its a little late for me this year, but I’ll buy supplies in bulk post season and be ready to rock for next year! Thank you so much… what a fabulous feeling to have next years gifts conceived of before this holiday has passed. And seriously….. CUTE! (happy dancing my way to pin your lovely tutorial!)

    Hugs & Hope,
    rachel of OddModicum

  • Reply December 15, 2013

    Jenn/Rook No. 17

    This is nothing short of brilliant, Bev! You’ve made those charming vintage-style trees accessible to everyone. Love, love, love those soft pastel colors. Where did you find your sisal cord?


  • Reply December 17, 2013


    UM this is amazing!! A-MAZ-ING!!! You did a beautiful job on the project and the tutorial… one of my Bev-faves and that’s saying a lot since I love your work!

    • December 17, 2013


      Oh Malia you are the sweetest!! Thank you so much! I really had a lot of fun making them!

  • Reply December 17, 2013


    Thanks for this great tutorial Bev. I have been having fun this season bleaching the green trees but had not thought of making my own! Pinning.

    • December 17, 2013


      Thanks so much Carol!! I think the bleaching sounds fun too! I’ll have to give that a try next year! :)

  • Reply December 17, 2013

    Karen Marie Kedzuch

    Beverly, These are darling! When I first saw them I thought you lightly spritz them with color after bleaching pre-made trees. I an definitely putting this on the list of projects for the future. I will share your link on my Facebook with credit to you because I know I have some friends who are going to flip for these special Christmas trees.

  • Reply December 18, 2013

    Maryann - Interior Salvage

    What a fabulous DIY! so clever, so cute.

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