My newest collection

I have a new little collection going.

P1230515Of long neck apothecary bottles.

P1230516I wasn’t really collecting them ‘on purpose’.  I just like this style of bottles and had stashed away a few while I was packing to move.  Then bought more before I unpacked those; intending them to eventually use for craft projects.


I didn’t really have any room in my craft room to stash them; so I displayed them on a shelf in my living room.  Once I saw them all grouped together like this, I decided I really liked them ‘as is’ and all clustered together like this!

I just found a new one to add that is teeny tiny; only about 1/4 the size of the smallest brown bottle!  And THAT is about the height of excitement in my life!

Still MORE crafting pictures . . .

I TOLD you I had been doing a LOT of crafting!!

Dollar Tree bottle brush trees from MANY years ago.  (I find all kinds of good stuff when I sort through old boxes that I had stashed!)  These were nice ‘trees’ with UGLY plastic flower pots filled with styro for bases.  I removed and tossed the bases immediately.  These trees I spray painted white, that was as far as I got ‘back then’.  Added new wood bases painted red and metal ‘snow’ tags.  For sale in my booth at Stars.

A couple more of those DT bottle brush trees, about 11″ tall.  These I just left their original color, and you can’t see it at ALL in the picture, but they are ‘glittery’.  It doesn’t have glitter ON it, rather the bristles just glimmer.  I WISH I knew how to get that effect.  It just came that way.  For sale in my booth at Stars.

You can almost see the glimmer in this picture!  Look at the very tips.  So this one I put into a vintage white vase.  Stuffed some of the soft ‘popcorn peanuts’ in the bottom with glue to hold it into place.  Topped with more glue; then ‘screwed’ the tree into place.  Decided to leave these two unadorned.

This one I put into a vintage taper candle holder.  I ‘thought’ it was going to be easier, with the smaller hole to fill and all; just needed a couple of peanuts for this one.  But it was such a short hole that I had to trim the wire stem on my tree to fit and now the tree likes to LEAN a bit!  Live and learn!

These were a couple of trees I bought new at Wal-Mart this year, just to test and see if the color would bleach out of them like YOU can with many of the other bottle brush trees.  Nope, they didn’t bleach out all the way.  Just enough to leave them looking like the bush the dog pee’d on!  sheesh!  So I spray painted them a burnished gold.  For sale in my booth at Stars.

The smaller one I put into a vintage gold rimmed creamer that I found thrifting.  Had seen one at Stars in a vintage pewter sugar bowl that I wanted to replicate, but this creamer was the best I could find.  Will have to hunt some pewter for next year!  Same method on this one.  Stuffed the cavity with soft packing popcorn and glue.  Removed base from tree and screwed into place.  (with some extra glue on top of the packing to hold it permanently in place!)

I had been saving this vintage cherub vase to make into a cake stand.  Having a heck of a time finding the right color of white plate to match it.  So I decided to use it for another tree.  Same packing peanuts method on this one.

Then I moved on to some snow globe like things.  On the left an apothecary jar with lid, and on the right is an old jelly jar!  For sale in my booth at Stars.

First I squirted glue all over the bottom of the jar, put my tree into place then added the snow; enough to cover the glue + a little more.  Then I punched some tiny turquoise paper snowflakes and tossed them in.

Grabbed some matching sheer ribbon to tie around the neck.  Oh, this was a flocked white brush tree from Dollar Tree, the ones for the Christmas villages.  I added the turquoise glitter.

This tree came this way, in a multi pack from Michael’s.  Glued the tree to the LID of the old jelly jar, then added glue all around the rest of the inside of the lid.  Pour snow into the JAR, then screw on the lid, keeping the jar upright so you don’t have a snow flurry on your craft table!  Toe some ribbon around the neck of the jar.   I added some glue to the rim of the jar to hold the lid into place, lest curios minds with sticky little fingers decide to ‘see how it works’ while mom isn’t watching them at Stars!

Decided the inverted jar needed ‘something’ on the top.  A plastic snowflake button with a gem in the middle did the trick.  Decided the apothecary jar needed one too!

This is another one of the old DT bottle brush trees.  Came already painted silver. I  hadn’t noticed when I bought it, but it had a big chunk missing at the bottom on one side, so I couldn’t use it ‘as is’.  So I just cut it down!  It fit perfectly in this vintage cherub vase.  Since this tree didn’t have any stem beyond the bristles, I just glued it into the vase, no styro filler.  A silver crown for the cherub and DONE!  For sale in my booth at Stars.

Then I did some ITTY BITTY bottle brush trees.  Some of these trees are ‘as purchases’; others were bleached and dyed (will post about that in a separate post).  SUPPLIES FOR THIS PROJECT:  This particular tree came from a multi-pack purchased at Michael’s, as is.  Some fine sparkly white glitter.  A tiny vintage salt shaker and a little snowflake paper punch.

Punch some tiny white paper snowflakes.  Remove salt shaker lid and toss it in your junk box for use on a different project some other time.

Pour some glitter into your shaker.  Then add snowflakes.  The snowflakes are a little bit bigger than the opening, and  you want to be sure you don’t bend the snowflakes as you put them in.  I set the snowflake over the hole like this . . .

Then used my tree (with the base removed) to gently push the snowflake down into the shaker.

Can you see them in there???

Then I snipped off all but about 1/2″ of the post.  Leave just enough to fit into the neck of your bottle.

Glue and wrap some string around your tree base to make it big enough to fit snugly into the opening of your shaker.  Run some glue around the inside rim and push your tree into place.

Here are a few more, done the same way.  Added a little ribbon around the neck as an afterthought.  Would be cute to tie on a tiny tag also is you wanted.  The pale green trees are ones that I bleached.

And some little spice bottles, using the same instructions as the apothecary jar one.  GLUED these lids into place!

I think these tiny ones are my favorites!  For sale in my booth at Stars.

Little glittered wire bird-cage ornaments  from Wal-Mart with clip on birds from Michael’s.  For sale in my booth at Stars.

The birds came 2 to a package, one like this;

And one like this, with wings spread.

Now I THINK I ma all caught up on showing you my craft projects.  What have YOU been working on lately.  (besides turkey leftovers, that is!)