I have been hampered by not finding what I believe are called bottle brushes in UK, I realised I would have to look for the in USA but oh my life the postage when I thought I had found a supply. Then finally I found some (1in high)on Etsy, with a reasonable P & P and my heart sang!!
My next obstacle was the bottles and there I had to take a leap of faith, I measured the ones I had from The Works and worked out that they “ought” to fit so bought a few more.
When the trees arrived all went like clockwork when I experimented with the first bottle as the tree just slide in (picture below)
So I started blithely painting and glittering the first twelve trees, with a mixture of white paint and PVA and then a sprinkling of translucent micro glitter
Then disaster struck ……. after putting a circle of white glitter paper inside the bottle, to look like snowy ground, (a very fiddly task), and the trees were dry, I attempted to one into a bottle …… only to find they just wouldn’t go beyond the neck of the bottle, no way would it slide in …. the first one must have been a fluke!!!! I was distraught! But I was determined I would not be beaten.
Then I had a eureka moment and removed one of the tree bases and replaced it with a wooden bead …… it worked and still looked in proportion! So all bases were then duly replaced ……
Putting the trees wasn’t a problem, I used E6000 glue on the bottom, but had to keep checking as it dried that the tree didn’t lollop to one side …. so had to twiddle with them every so often to make sure they were centred.
While they were drying I got on with the corks, simple gluing on a decorative spacer bead and a tiny eyelet. It was tempting to add something round the neck of the bottle but that obscured the view of the top of the Christmas tree and that was what the idea was all about, so in the end I decided that a pearl on the hanging thread was enough.
So there you are, I have finally made something I always wanted to make but didn’t have a clue how to ….. I will give the bottles (if I can bear to give any away) to special friends instead of a card, cards are usually discarded after Christmas, but this token can be put on the tree year after year.