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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Here is what my package of trees looks like. There are 21 in the bag, and I paid $12.99 for them. They will be in the section of the craft/home decor type places where the small stuff for train layouts are.
This is the first bleach soak. I used hot water and 1/4 of a 24 ounce bottle of Clorox bleach.
Some trees still required rubbing in the bleach. Do yourself a favor and use rubber gloves! (I had had to superglue some of cuticles which split after doing this since I don't own rubber gloves. Stupid of me.)
Now you have bleached trees. Rinse the bleach off them well.
To get the multicolored effect you are going to have to overdye the trees. Dip the tree first in the yellow, leaving the top portion of the tree in it's natural, undyed state. You will be dying the bottom 2/3's of the tree.
Once the yellow is your desired shade, move to the orange dye and dip the bottom 1/3 of the tree. You will be dying the orange OVER the yellow on the bottom of the tree.
The overdying gives you the candy corn effect.
Then dye the bottom 1/3 of the tree by holding that portion of the tree in the black dye.
Let them dry overnight.
A few more hints: the very small trees did not take very well to the black/orange method. The top of those trees does not hold the black dye well for some reason.
Paint the white stands black with simple black acrylic paint.
When adding your embellishments, use hot glue! It holds the objects in the bristles the best.
If you have problems or it seems like something is missing, let me know. Happy creating!
If anyone makes these, be sure to post them at the Keeping room, so we can keep them here to see later too!
There is a candy corn colored Boo tree;there are trees with eyes (I would have preferred a different kind of eye, but I couldn't seem to find what I wanted and didn't want to spend yet more time making them, but maybe later I will);there are ghosts hiding behind trees;here are glittery spiders and spider webs;there are my FAVORITE, flying bats!one with my only vintage Halloween cupcake topper on top;and a big candy corn tree with vintage glass beads on it.
All of the decorations (aside from the glass beads and the cupcake topper) are things you can scavenge up from big box stores, party stores, etc. The bats, ghosts, witch hats and BOO are cut from Halloween garlands. The spiders are spider rings that I glittered with Martha glitter. The spider webs are those packaged things you string on your porch.
Thanks to Sarah for the wonderful turtorial !