How to Dye Bottlebrush Trees

What’s not to love about bottlebrush trees? They are sweet, come in all sorts of colors and sizes, and look great in just about every setting! The downside is, they tend to be a little pricey and you can’t always find the exact palette you want. So of course, the only option we were left with was to diy bottlebrush trees on our own (and with color!) And you know what? It’s incredibly easy! We are already making plans for more.

Bottlebrush Trees

All you need are some natural sisal trees, which we found online, and basic liquid or powder dyes. We chose a jewel tone palette for this round, but I’m already dreaming up a pastel wonderland to try next. I love how these look sitting atop a mantel or in big glass cloches to look like oversized snow globes. Bottlebrush Trees

Take a look at how to dye your own Bottlebrush Trees

Bottlebrush Trees

Bottlebrush Trees

Bottlebrush Trees

How to DIY Bottlebrush Trees with Dye

Bottlebrush Trees


  • To create an ombre-look, dip into one color until desired shade is reached, then dip halfway into another color for a few minutes.
  • To create custom colors, mix dyes together. We mixed yellow and green to create a chartreuse.


  1. Fill each glass with enough hot water to cover your trees when immersed. Bottlebrush Trees
  2. Then pour your dye into the glass and stir until incorporated. We used about 1 Tablespoon liquid dye in each jar. Leave one jar with clean water.
  3. Dip each tree into your desired color with tongs, or put on plastic gloves and use your hands. Place the tree upside down, so the wooden base is at the top of the water.Bottlebrush Trees
  4. The amount of time you leave the tree in the dye will affect the intensity of the color. Some we kept in for 2 minutes, others for 10. Just take out each tree to check on the progress, and re-submerge if you think it needs more time.Bottlebrush Trees
  5. Take out each tree just before they’re the desired shade, as they’ll get slightly darker after you take them out. Bottlebrush Trees
  6. Once you remove from the dye, place in the jar of plain water for about a minute. Bottlebrush Trees
  7. Remove from the water and let dry on a paper towel, or use a hairdryer for a quicker process.

Bottlebrush Trees

Bottlebrush Trees

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Photography by Jane Merritt


    • They look lovely on a mantel, in small groupings or clusters on some shelves, or displayed under glass cloches on a dinning room table!

  1. These are so beautiful! I’m excited to try these with my kids. Does anyone know if we can use liquid water colors or food coloring? Trying not to buy something new…

  2. When dying some of the trees, the color did not dye even and ended up looking slightly yellow from the natural color of the trees. Do you have any suggestions for an even dye color?


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