Bleaching and Dyeing Bottle Brush Trees

DSC_0017I’ve been seeing lots of bottle brush trees all over Pinterest this Christmas season and love all of the different colors.  I love the vintage-looking scenes that can be set up with bottle brush trees and I’ve always preferred to decorate with pastels and bright colors instead of the usual red and green themes.  I had some bottle brush trees left over from the snow globes I made last year and also bough a bag of small bleached trees from Michaels.

I bleached the trees I had that were green with the intention of dyeing them after I was done but was pleasantly surprised when the trees I had from last year turned light pink before bleaching completely and the one green tree I had bought this year turned a light mint bluish-green.  Since this was the colors I wanted to dye them I left them this color and then fully bleached a few.

DSC_0010I used my hurricane glass vase to bleach because I wanted something that was tall and narrow to stick the trees is, normally I wouldn’t use my good glass but ya know, use what you have!  I used 1/3 bleach to 2/3 water in the glass and used tongs to dip them in.  It really didn’t take long for them to start bleaching and I swished them around in the bleach water to help with the tongs, just wear rubber gloves and be careful.  After I bleached the trees I soaked them in soapy water to get the bleach off.

DSC_0012DSC_0015DSC_0013Most of the tutorials I read said to use Rit dye to dye, or food coloring or cool-aid would also probably work, but I used this spray on dye by SEI Tumble Dye that I already had.  I love this because it is already made and you can just spray it on, it’s perfect for small dye jobs and comes it tons of colors.  You can find it at craft stores or online at www.shopsei.com. 

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DSC_0026I also touched up the happy accident trees a bit with the spray dye and mixed a bit with water in a spray bottle to get different shades.  On the biggest tree I sprayed a couple different colors for an airbrushed ombre effect.  That was another reason I used the spray, for the ombre effect, but if you’re going for one solid color, I’d recommend the dip dye method.

I love how they turned out, and I also sprayed a bottle brush wreath I found at Joanne Fabric! Show me yours on Instagram with the hashtag #peppermintsandhoneybees.

I also dyed this bottle brush wreath I found!

Happy Holidays!

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DIY Snow Globes

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Hello, I’ve been busy trying to get all of my Christmas shopping done and make the presents that I am hand-making.  This was actually something I made last Christmas as presents for everyone and silly me I didn’t take any pictures of all of them before I gifted them, probably because I didn’t have a blog yet, but I do have one left.  I kept this little guy for myself to put out.

I had looked at quite a few different blogs to see how they made theirs and after reading about how the ones containing water and glycerin had made the green of the bottle brush trees bleed after a year, I decided to go without liquid.  I was worried it wouldn’t look as cool but I was pretty happy with how they turned out, as I was going for more of a terrarium scene than actual snow globe I guess.  Plus I didn’t have to buy glycerine!

I used:

  • Old glass jars with lids
  • Bottle brush trees
  • Tiny winter animals, cars, people, houses, ect.
  • fake snow (mine is from Michaels where the miniature Christmas village houses and stuff is)
  • glass beads to glue on tree for ornaments (optional)
  • I used bakers string for the jar, you could also use ribbon or nothing at all
  • Spray-paint (again optional)  I spray-painted all of my jar lids silver because they were from food jars
  • Glue, I used my trusty E-6000 but hot glue would also work

I glued the tree and animal to the inside of the lid and put the desired amount of snow in the jar.  I then screwed the lid on after everything was dry and voila,  It’s that easy! I’d love to see what yours look like so put them on Instagram and hashtag them #peppermintsandhoneybees.

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My Weekend

Hello, I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!  I know it’s been a while since I posted but it was because I’ve been getting ready for a jewelry show I did yesterday and trying to get my Christmas shopping and making done. I was at the Holiday Market for an elementary school in my area and it was a great fist show to do.  So hopefully now I can start doing more!  I have some fun Christmas DIY’s planned for the next few weeks so for now here’s a picture of my table at the market. Have a great weekend!

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P.S. I’m so thankful to Ben for helping me out, I have the best boyfriend!

Dresser Makeover

Happy Halloween everyone!  So this post has nothing to do with Halloween but I plan on posting my Halloween costume on my next post.  But for today I have some photos of the dresser I just changed up.  This dresser is older than me and also looks it.  I could just get a new one but I like how sturdy this one is and hey it’s practically a family heirloom.  It was my mom’s when she was growing up.  I could have painted it but I like the look of the wood even if it is a little banged up so I decided some new drawer knobs would jazz it up.  The only problem is that knobs are expensive if you buy them all at once and I couldn’t decide what I wanted.  What to do? Get all different ones and mix and match.  My style is usually all over the place so why shouldn’t my dresser be too!

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Have a happy and safe Halloween tomorrow!

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Painted Wooden Bangles

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Wow, has it really been a month since I posted anything? Bad Jenna, bad! I have been working on things but not to completion I guess. I’ve been busy working and doing other fun things such as the Renegade Craft fair in Chicago, here’s their link. They do shows around the county and in London. It’s like etsy only not online! I had said that this was the year I’d finally have a booth but once again I chickened out. Boo me! But I did go to shop and like always it was amazing with amazing people making amazing art, jewelry, pottery, clothing and other goods. I also went to the Chicago riotfest this past weekend and rocked out! This was the third year in a row that Ben and I went and like always it was packed with awesome bands! Here’s the lineup if you were curious. Riotfest is in Denver this weekend.

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I got a pretty good spot for Metric, one of my favorite bands and here’s one of Ben and I waiting for Social Distortion to start.

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Any who like I mentioned one of the things I’ve actually finished recently was these two wooden bracelets I painted and then sprayed with a clear coat for protection. I’ve been really into all the constellation accessories I’ve been seeing lately and wanted to make my own take on the trend. And the triangles are just one of my favorite color pallets. It’s very summery because I guess I’m sad I see summer leave so soon. I love fall, don’t get me wrong but summer and I have a special relationship and goodbyes are always hard!

Well forgive me for the time gap and I’ll try to post more. Let me know what projects if any I should try out!

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DIY Running Belt

 

DSC_0385Happy Saturday!  I finally got my sewing machine working so I’ve been trying to finish a bunch of projects I attempted to start and haven’t been able to do.  The first one I finished was this running belt to hold phone, keys, music, etc.

They sell these handy little accessories at stores but they’re pretty pricy and for what it is, I figured I could make one for quite a bit less.  They just have an opening or two where you stick your stuff and them flip them over to hold everything in place.  Now I originally wanted to add a zipper and fold over elastic to the edges but after the issues with my sewing machine I decided to keep it simple and it still works great.  Feel free to make yours more jazzy though!

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First I bought 1/4 a yard of a nylon spandex mixed fabric from Joanne Fabric.  I folded it over and sewed it together leaving an opening for the pocket.  I then cut slits were the opening for the pocket were and folded them down and sewed.  I them flipped the belt right side out and with the pocket facing out I sewed the ends together.  When doing this step be sure to get it nice and tight.  The fabric stretches so I had to make mine quite a bit smaller than I thought I would need to.  Remember it’ll be bouncing around when you run so you don’t want it sliding or falling down.  The fabric was a little hard to sew because it is slippery so definitely pin it.  Then cut the extra, fill it up and flip it over so the opening is facing in.  Then you’re ready to run. 😉  I’ve been trying to get up to 5 miles and I’m half way there so this should help me get there.  Let me know how you use yours! 

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Record Table

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Happy Fourth of July everyone! I hope you all are having a great weekend and got to see some fireworks and some friends and family.

So I’ve seen these easy side tables made with a plant stand and old records and thought I’d make one for a birthday present for a birthday coming up. I bought the plant stand at Menards and I think I got my records from good will. I’ve had them a while waiting to make things with them.

When I got home the opening to the
Plant stand was a little wider than I had planned on it being but I made it work by just gluing the three prongs that stick up. I used e6000 glue and so far it is holding. The records were a little flimsy so I used two glued together do that it could hold more. So far so good!

Also we went into Chicago yesterday to see some friends and watch fireworks at Navy Pier so here are a couple pictures from our fourth!

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Jenna ♥️