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Rainbow Bottle Brush Tree Craft Project

Life has been revolving around work + family, so life has been much too crazy to share much of anything here. But I have been working on a few projects that were done for props for the shop, and will appear in lifestyle photographs next year (I was too late in the game to use them for 2020). But bookmark this because this craft (and others) are SO easy and, so rewarding.


RAINBOW FOREST OF BOTTLE BRUSH TREE 

YOU NEED

1.  Bottle Brush Trees  (I bought them from my wholesale supplier but you can find them on Amazon too)

2.  Rit Fabric Dye | I’ve purchased mine on Amazon, This store in Toronto,  Fabricland (best pricing) and Michael’s Arts and Crafts

If you want a rainbow of trees, I do suggest buying a rainbow of fabric dyes. You’ll get a huge variety of trees this way, and it’s great fun to mix colours. Some of my favourite colours are Petal Pink, Tropical TealYellow. The neon colours were SUPER neon so I didn’t end up loving them for this project but I’m sensing a summer project with them.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1.  Boil some water on the stove. The dye doesn’t adhere to the trees unless the water is HOT. I’m not sure if it’s for every application that the water + dye mixture has to be this way but for most of my dyeing projects, the colour won’t stick, unless it’s HOT. (Read ore here) Although I boiled pots of water on my stove, you could possibly just boil water, and have various “bowls” with dye in various colours lined up, and off the stove.  But I did 2 – 3 colours at a time on the stove with boiling hot water.
  2. Add dye to the hot water. I didn’t use a hard & fast ratio of dye to water, instead I started off adding a little dye and if the colour wasn’t dark enough, I either let the tree stay in the water longer or, added some more colour to the boiling water. If you find the colour too dark, on the other hand, just add more water back into the pot to dilute it. It’s experimenting with colours, which is part of the fun. Tip – start off with a little dye, and dip a napkin (or the tree) in the water mixture and see what you think.
  3. Time to dye you trees. So I started off gently dipping my trees in the boiling water. But as time (and my confidence or perhaps it was impatience) went on, I just dropped the trees into the water and then used tongs to pull them out. I didn’t let them soak for too long. Maybe 15 seconds, as the base of the trees were wood. In some cases the wood bases popped off but they easy went back together once they were out of the water and the trees and wood had dried out.

Mixing Colours
Have fun mixing different colours of dyes! This is what I owe to the success of the trees, is that I didn’t just use the colours as they came in the bottles. I would add, as an example, a dash of blue to a green, to create a beautiful tone of green for my “green” collection. Knowing what colours mix, is key. (I could mix the blue with the green, because yellow and blue = green) so blue is already a part of the green colour. When I had a great red, I added a dash of blue, and it created a beautiful purple. (Red + Blue = purple) There are so many different blue colours by RIT, you should have some fun with mixing.

The most stressful part for me was when I took them out of the water, where to put them. I started with a method above (the cookie tray and paper towel to soak up the water but I ran out of room quickly and I was worried about the colour that was on the tray, inadvertently dying other trees.

The next drying method was the cooling rack over the sink so that they dried nicely. This seemed to work the best. But be prepared for when you take them OUT of the water, what you will place them on, so that the dye that drips off, doesn’t ruin your countertop / towels.

And there you have it! I went a little crazy (It was a stressful week at work and I was in need of a distraction for a night). Although they look super fun as a rainbow, I actually prefer them grouped by warm / cool tones…


Which is a sneak peek of my next craft project I think you will like!

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SHOPPING LIST

1.  Bottle Brush Trees  (I bought them from my wholesale supplier but you can find them on Amazon too) 2.  Rit Fabric Dye | I’ve purchased mine on Amazon, This store in Toronto,  Fabricland (best pricing) and Michael’s Arts and Crafts




In Crafts/ DIY/ Sponsored

Sharpie® Boho Inspired Clutch

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Yesterday I showed you the new line of Sharpie’s that are out – a set of 24 awesome permanent markers with 19 classic colours and 5 limited edition pops of colour. I wanted to show you how you could make some DIY gifts this season, and decided to go the route of fabric, and show you how you could make your own boho inspired clutch. This is totally something I would have loved doing as a teen (and as an adult) but how fun would this be to get a table full of vibrant Sharpie pens, blank canvas pouches, some pony beads and string, to create unique, one of a kind items to either keep for yourself, or, for a teen to give as a gift.

Step 1 / Collect your tools.

1.Sharpie Color Burst Markers

I used the Fine vs. the Ultra Fine for this project, as it was easier to use on the fabric that had a lot of fibers.

2. Cotton Pouches
Find at your local craft store or, various Etsy sellers sell them too

3. Pony Beads / Gold Washers from the Hardware Store 
Sold at your local craft store but also online (see the craft collection on Etsy I’ve curated to help inspire you for this project)

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I started out sketching some ideas on a tester pouch that you can see in the background below. This was good because I wanted to see how the pens reacted to the fabric – there was zero bleeding.  Once you’re ready to go, just start doodling. I did a variety of patterns on a few pouches to show you some ideas.

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To get the boho look on the pink clutch I simply cut off the fabric piece that came with the pouch when I purchased it, and replaced it with some basic string.

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Where to buy // The new, limited edition Sharpie® Color Burst Permanent Markers are available at Walmart, Staples, Loblaws, Deserres, Michaels and Amazon.ca and retail (MSRP) for $5.99 (5 pack) and $28.99 (24 pack)

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This is a sponsored post in partnership with Sharpie®. All thoughts and ideas remain my own.

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Crafting with kids / Art Spinners

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When I was a kid I had an art spinner and had the best time making random crazy cool paintings with it. I searched high and low for one and found that Alex makes one. It’s the best because it’s easy, and easy-peasy-lemon-squeazy – you simply put a piece of paper on the art spinner (it’s secured under some little hooks to keep the paper in place) and turn it on which starts spinning the paper super fast. You then drop paint onto it and then turn it off to see what masterpiece you created. It’s great for kids because you don’t need to supervise at all – except you will be because it’s somewhat addictive and I found myself asking for a turn. It’s hard to find in stores (I searched everywhere!) so here are some links to buy it online. But pretty much I’m just saying if you see it in your travels, get it. Because it’s the best, especially in the summer where I’d recommend you do this outside because paint eventually just gets on you. (As the child decides to test his / her limits with glitter / paint amounts)

Find Art Spinners online  / Amazon.ca  / Target.com / Similar product via Target /  Alex.com / MastermindToys /

I purchased mine via Zulily for around $14 USD after searching for a few weeks. Alex had a sale on their website and I managed to grab a spinner on the site and I had it shipped to my US post box as we were travelling to the USA a month ago so it worked out.  Update! Although I went into my local MastermindToys to ask about the spinner (and they didn’t have one) I just double checked on their website and they have it too! So I’ve added it to the list above. But call before going into a store.