This fun DIY Christmas wreath uses pint-size bottle brush trees in an unexpected way for a colorful holiday wreath that's sure to elicit a smile. While we chose to make our wreath in a rainbow color scheme, you can customize the look to match your decor. Try a monochromatic scheme for a more subtle, sophisticated look or metallic paints for a modern take.
Fun Fact: Life-size bottle brush trees were first manufactured in the 1930s by the Addis Brush Company, an American toilet bowl brush manufacturer, who created artificial trees out of the same materials as their toilet brushes, dying them green for a "natural" look. Americans didn't take to the trees en masse, opting to keep their natural trees for the most part, but residents of Great Britain, where natural evergreens were hard to come by, snapped up the trees like crazy. For the past several years, miniature versions of the trees have been making a comeback with crafters. (Check out this cute DIY bottle brush tree project.)
This project is easy enough that kids could play a role in the making. Have them help with spray painting the trees and attaching them to the wreath. Just watch for sharp wire edges to make sure no one gets poked.
Remove the bases from your trees. They should twist or pull off easily. If not, snip with a wire cutter.
Once the bases have been removed, spray paint your trees in your desired colors, making sure you're working in a well-ventilated area. These trees took three coats of paint each. We recommend one initial light coat for base coverage, then two additional coats, allowing each coat to dry in between.
Editor's Tip: Depending on the color scheme you've chosen and the color of your grapevine wreath, you may want to give that a coat of paint as well before moving on to the next step.
Start placing your trees around the wreath form to get an idea of how you'd like them arranged. Play with various combinations of colors and sizes as you plan out how you'd like to arrange the trees.
Once you have an idea for your tree arrangement, start wiring the trees to the wreath. Cut a length of wire, slip it through a secure point on the wreath form, wrap it around a tree, and twist the ends of the wire together so that it's taut. Trim the ends of the wire. Continue in this manner until all of your trees are attached.