DIY: Holiday Bottle Brush Trees

  • Copy, photography, and styling by: Laura Kaesshaefer

‘Tis the season for holiday entertaining! If you’re hosting a winter fête, this project checks two daunting tasks off the to-do list: party decorations and  party favors. We suggest sending your guests away with this sweet, seasonal keepsake at the end of the night.

Historically associated with model trains, nativity scenes, and dollhouse sets, the traditional sisal tree is given new life with this DIY. You can purchase the trees in assorted packs (we l prefer the trees that range from 2-6 inches) and trim them with an assortment of round beads, garland, and small bits. For a snowy effect, we flecked our trees with white craft paint. Use to spruce up your holiday table, mantle or coffee table, then invite guests to choose their favorite to bring home.

What You’ll Need:


Step 1:
While holding the base in one hand, dip the body of the sisal tree in white craft paint. Use a circular motion until the tree is fully covered. Let dry 30 minutes.

Step 2: 
Using a hot glue gun, add circular beads and small bits to the tree. Apply a dot of hot glue in desired location, affix bead or bit, then push gently to secure between branches. Continue until tree is fully covered.

You can also create a garland by stringing beads onto clear string (as we did with the red beads), knot at each end, then wrap around the tree. We secured the garland with a dot of hot glue and both ends.

We added a ribbon garland using cream city ribbon’s paper ribbon (in “grey”). Simply snip a 6 inch section of ribbon, curl it using the flat side of a scissor blade, and wrap evenly around the sisal tree. Secure with a dot of hot glue at either end and trim to size.

And now the finished product…!