Mom and I got crafty last week!
Project: Make pretty trees for our “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” room at Christmas at the Hollow

All we needed were trees, bleach, spray glue, and some flaky snow to turn an eyesore into a beautiful centerpiece.

We picked up trees of all sizes throughout the year at garage sales!

The plasticy trees- the brightest, tackiest green possible- bleached the best.  Do not use trees with chunks of greenery and snow attached.  This greenery and snow will end up on everything and double your work (Can you tell we are still slightly traumatized by that experience?)

We filled our sink with hot water and added bleach.  A mixture of 1 cup of bleach to 4 gallons of water worked well.  We added more bleach for the dark green trees.  They needed extra time.   Rinse them under the faucet to remove any remaining bleach.

We spread out white rags on our kitchen floor and let them dry.  It took about a day.  The large dense trees  were still a little damp so we used a hair dryer to speed up the drying process.

To add some sparkle we used spray glue and flaky snow.

We worked in sections, doing half a tree at a time.

We first tried rolling the glue sprayed trees in the snowflakes but it didn’t stick well.  Sprinkling the snow on and pressing it lightly into the glue on the other hand worked GREAT!

We grabbed a silver tray and a few blocks of foam to anchor the large trees.  The smaller trees were tucked in around them to create our forest!

We are thinking of gluing pearls on or turning the next batch pink with a little dye!