10 Bottle Brush Tree Decorating Ideas

Hi there! I hope your having a great week. It seems funny to be writing about Christmas in May, but this post is a follow up to an in depth post I wrote about 1950’s Christmas collectibles. Let’s take a look at 10 bottle brush tree decorating ideas.

1. Tie on Toy Cars

vintage cars with bottle brush trees tied on top and text: 10 bottle brush tree decorating ideasTie some trees onto the top of vintage matchbox cars using bakers twine. Add a hook and you have a darling Christmas ornament. I sell these at the annual Shaker Craft Fair for $6.00 each.

Pro Tip: Start with a dab of hot glue on the bottom of the car and wrap the twine into the glue. This will ensure that it stays in place and doesn’t get caught up in the wheels, or worse, slide off entirely.

2. Add to a Christmas Diorama

vintage cigar box dioramaCreate a diorama using the trees and other vintage Christmas pieces, like Santa, deer, and bottle brush wreaths. I sell them at the craft fair for $15-25.00.

3. Collect Them in a Terrarium

bottle brush trees in a terrariumInsert a bevy of trees inside a terrarium for a real statement.

4. Use Trees in Vignettes

vintage bottle brush tree with pink bulbs in jarWhen you own an example like the large one you see here (sold for $42.00), it can certainly stand alone or be used to compliment a vignette.

5. Display Your Trees Under a Cloche

vintage putz houses and bottle brush trees under a clocheUse your bottle brush trees, along with some vintage Putz houses, to create a sweet Christmas village. Increase the dramatic effect by enclosing it in a cloche.

Start your own bottle brush tree decorating today with some of these home goods and trees I selected for you:

6. Present Them in an Antique Ironstone Dish

vintage ironstone bowl filled with bottle brush treesAssemble an entire bottle brush forest and plant it in an ironstone tureen for real farmhouse Christmas style.

7. Throw Trees in the Back of a Toy Pick-up Truck

bottle brush trees in vintage red Buddy-L pick-up truckTuck them in a vintage truck of any color, but especially red or turquoise for an on-trend look.

8. Place Your Trees Inside Interesting Small Bases

four bottle brush trees in different mini containersDisplay them individually in charming bases that you pick up at garage sales and thrift sales.

9. Insert Bottle Brush Trees in Jars with Faux Snow

bottle brush trees in jars with snow and red baker's twineFill vintage jars with faux snow and a bottle brush tree and you have a sweet Christmas decoration.

10. Glue Trees on Top of Vintage Thread

Collection of vintage thread spool & bottle brush tree Christmas decorationsAnd finally, mount them atop dainty vintage spools of thread to create tiny show-stoppers.

I hope you enjoyed considering some different ways that you can display your vintage bottle brush trees during the holiday season. Charming in every way, bottle brush trees make a truly splendid addition to any Christmas decor.

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  1. What lovely inspirations! I love those little trees, and the ideas here are great. I am thinking of ways to display these little beauties year 'round, too…

  2. I LOVE bottle brush trees and these inspirations … especially the display with the maps. Thanks for sharing …
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  3. This was so inspirational. I need to find some more to decorate and use for crafts. I think the display with the maps is really great!

  4. Oh I love the one on the mirror at the end! Thank you for joining the History & Home link party at We Call It Junkin! ~ Dawn

  5. I love all those ideas, especially as someone who has a Christmas blog and loves all things Christmas! Glad I found your blog at Kathy's link up!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  6. How did I miss this one!!! I love bottle brush trees and all of your inspiration up there is just fantastic!!! I hope that you are having a good week friend! Nicole xoxo

  7. I have bleached and dyed thousands of trees over the years and use them all year long. Pastels for the spring. patriotic for the summer, and fall tones for autumn. One note: NEVER do this to vintage trees. Expensive ones usually will not bleach. I do have tutorials on my blog for bleaching them safely. Love the photos you have gathered.

    1. I'm going to check out your tutorials and mention them in the post, if that's okay, Donna–

  8. Keep up the vintage Christmas posts – loving them! Thanks for linking up to TTF @ Melissa's Antiques!

  9. Beautiful ideas – love the one with the truck! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  10. I love bottle brush trees. Trying to round up all I have to give them a good bleaching. I've done some of these ideas, but you will certainly see some in one of my picnic tins this year. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  12. I love all BBTs. My newest favorites were 3 BLACK (yech!) ones that I got at HL after Christmas last year. I decorated them for Halloween, cutting out motifs (skulls, candy corn, etc.) from ribbon, confetti, beads, etc. Glued H ribbon around the wooden base. Couldn’t find any this year.

    1. Black sounds perfect for Halloween Kathy! And I love your decorating ideas. I’ll have to keep my eye out for some 🙂

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