The best crafts are easy, affordable, and eco friendly, and that’s exactly what these little bottle trees are! Brian brought home a case of Canada Dry Premium Tonic for our gin, and I immediately thought that the little bottles looked like perfect little Christmas trees!
I knew that these would look good with a quick coat of paint, so I mixed up some paint in the colours I wanted, added a little baking powder for some texture and went to town! Once they dried I added greenery to some of them, and also put candles in a few of them, and the look like the perfect little forest!
- Canada Dry Premium Tonic or Ginger Ale Bottles (we got ours from Sobeys, here in Canada)
- Foam Brush
- Acrylic paints in various colours or Spray Paint to make things much easier!
- Baking powder (optional)
- Spray gloss top coat for some shine (optional)
- Candles and greenery to decorate
Step 1: Rinse out and clean bottles
Make sure your bottles are prepped and ready to be painted! I started by rinsing the insides of the bottles, and then wiped down the outside to make sure they were all clean so the paint would go on smoothly.
Step 2: Mix your paint colours
I just used whatever paint I had on hand, and I happened to have some left over Gingko Tree by Valspar from our Ikea Ivar makeover! I mixed some with some white acrylic paint and a little bit of baking powder (~ 1 tsp), and it made a perfect muted green colour with a tiny bit of texture.
Step 3: Paint and let dry
I painted a couple coats of green onto each bottle and let them dry. I also wanted to paint a few bottles white, so instead of using the foam brush, I grabbed some left over white primer that I had in the garage and did a few quick coats.
Step 4: Add candles and greenery
This was the fun part! Once everything was dry, I decided to add some foraged greenery to some of the bottles, and then I popped in a few candles! We have these on our dresser, but I also think they would look so good on a dining table, or on a shelf!
Let me know if you end up making these! Tag me @lavender_julep on Instagram!