Christmas is officially on its way, which means it's time to decorate! Fill your home with holiday spirit by making these DIY bottlebrush trees.

By Katie Bandurski
September 27, 2017

We love finding fun uses for everyday objects almost as much as we love Christmas. This DIY project, for example, transforms a utilitarian dryer vent brush into multiple mini trees. 

To make a set of trees, all you need is the brush, some basic crafting tools, and tiny beads to serve as ornaments. Since there's a good chance you already have most of the supplies on hand, this project is also affordable. Get started by gathering up the materials, queuing up some Christmas tunes, and getting in the holiday spirit!

Bottle Brush trees, holiday decor, DIY

What You Need

  • Dryer vent brush
  • Tin snips
  • Scissors
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Doll heads in various sizes
  • Clamp
  • Drill and drill bit
  • Tweezers
  • Rubber cement
  • Beads 
  • Glitter 

Step 1: Cut Brush to Size

Use tin snips to cut the dryer vent brush into 3-4 sections. The size of your sections depends on how big you want your finished trees to be. The smaller your trees, the more you can make from a single dryer vent brush.

Step 2: Shape Brush Sections

Trim the bristles on each cut section of the brush with scissors. Cut closely around the wire at one end to create the trunk. Then trim the bristles of of the remaining section to form a cone shape—wide at the bottom and narrow at the top.

Step 3: Create Top and Base

Heat up your hot glue gun. Place a small dab of glue on the top and base of the tree to prevent the bristles from falling out. As it dries, place a wood doll head in a clamp. Drill a hole the size of the tree's wire trunk into the wood doll head. Hot glue the tree trunk into the hole. 

Editor's Tip: If you can't find wood doll heads, you can also use wood beads as the base. However, you will need to saw off a portion to make one side flat. Wood cubes would also work as a base.

Step 4: Decorate the Tree

Use tweezers and rubber cement to attach small beads as ornaments to the tree. Let the glue dry, then brush the surface of the tree lightly with rubber cement. Sprinkle glitter over each tree. 

Comments (1)

November 22, 2019
where did you find that vent brush for this project?