7 Days Left Until Christmas!
|The bottlebrush Christmas tree. A proud tradition in retro crafting.|
|Day 17's miniature village is surrounded by a forest of bottlebrush trees.|
Today's retro craft comes from the 1961 book "A Second Treasury of Christmas Decorations" by Beth Hemingway.
|Plate 45 at top was created by Mr.s Joe T. Mizzell, Jr.|
Let's get started.
- Bottlebrush trees
- Spray paint
- Beads, trims and mini-ornaments
- Glue gun
Step 1: Find bottlebrush trees. For me, this was the single hardest part of this craft. I finally found them at a craft store. You might want to try a hobby store that sells train sets or miniatures.
|The elusive bottlebrush tree.|
|You can see the silvery sparkle on this blue version of the tree.|
|Pink is a classic retro color.|
|Striped glass beads look like candy.|