bottle brush carrots…

with easter just weeks away i wanted to share a quick and quirky tutorial for creating colorful carrots using those leftover woodlands bottle brush trees from christmas.  what is that you say?  you used all of your woodlands over the holiday season?  not to worry, these trees are actually available year round since you can customize them for just about any season (including these americana and candy corn trees).  the supplies are minimal, the technique simple, but i wanted to share a few tips to create your own springtime sprigs – so let’s “hop” to it (humor me ok)…t!m

supplies used:

  • woodlands tree lot
  • distress spray stains: spiced marmalade, rusty hinge (or any color you choose)
  • misc: raffia, hot glue, paper towels

step 1: i think it’s always a good idea to create a quick color swatch to see your options.  just spray a paper towel to compare the shades of colors you have.
step 2: place a woodland tree on dry paper towel and spray it with distress stain.  i like to use a couple different tones to create depth so i chose spiced marmalade and rusty hinge.
step 3: once sprayed, wrap the tree in the same paper towel to absorb any excess stain.
step 4: this part is a little weird, but i think it helps to create more of a carrot look. squeeze the tree in the paper towel and hold it that way for a minute or so and pull the tree out with your other hand to make the bristles of the tree bend downward.

step 5: twist the wooden base several times to loosen the glue and remove it from the tree.
step 6: wrap raffia around your fingers to create a loop (note: you can get colored raffia in the floral dept. of the craft store).
step 7: take another piece of raffia and tie it in a knot around the center of the loop – repeat this step leaving a gap between the two knots as shown.
step 8: cut the raffia in half between the tied knots but don’t cut the knots…very important.

step 9: grab one of the cut ends and apply hot glue to it.
step 10: quickly press it on to the end of the woodland inserting the wire from the tree into the center of the bunched raffia.
step 11: cut the loops of the raffia with your scissors.
step 12: trim the raffia into various lengths to achieve the look you prefer – that’s all there is to it.

pretty clever idea for springtime don’t you think?  i hope you give this idea a try and based on the woodland size you can use them for home decor as well as your cards or other crafty projects for easter.  speaking of crafty projects, check out a couple of my favorites from years past including alcohol ink marbled eggs and faux chocolate bunnies – have fun!

*be sure to check your local stores for these supplies, or click on the links below to purchase online from Simon Says Stamp with a discount of 10% off your purchase – use code: Tim974

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42 Comments to “bottle brush carrots…”

  1. Amanda Pink says:

    Those carrots – Pure Genius!! Applause, applause! Love the easter projects from years past too . Inspiration creativity – thanks for sharing x

  2. So nice to see a tut from you. LOVE your carrots…genius! Happy Easter!

  3. Jane Tyrrell says:

    These make such cute easter carrots….fun makes x

  4. Very clever! Just looking at an over-purchase of trees this morning and wondering what in the heck I planned to do with all of them!

  5. WilmaB says:

    Love those carrots. What a cool idea!!

  6. Gigi B. says:

    Ha, how clever!

  7. Sharon Young says:

    So stinking cute Tim. So clever. Thank You for sharing.

  8. Mel Roberts-Hareld says:

    Leave it to you to always come up with something fun and different to do at the holidays, Tim! I’ll be giving these a try, before I head out to Illinois, tomorrow! ( I’m glad I didn’t put my “tree lot” up with the Christmas decor… I get them right on top of my shelf! )

  9. OMG, Those Carrots are so yummy and real looking that I want to take a nibble out of it. So super cute. !!!

  10. Terri W says:


  11. barbarayaya says:

    Genius! As always a great idea Tim! Thanks for sharing with us! Barbara

  12. Lucy F. says:

    That is so funny. And quirky too. We still need a monthly project to link here. It is a little sad not to have the tags. What about a surprise craft link of some kind?? That would be fun as well.

  13. Linda Newcomb says:

    I love, love, love these carrots! One of my favorite veggies.

  14. cheiron says:

    Oh these are too cute! I know what I will have to try making this weekend 🙂

  15. Melodie Isreal says:

    What a wonderful idea. I have some ideas about how to use these “carrots ” and am going to make them this weekend. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  16. Anne R says:

    Oh, I remember making some of those delightful bunnies way back in 2015!! I didn’t think anything could beat them but wow, those carrots are fabulous! Such a clever and inspired idea! Thanks so much for sharing.

  17. Christi C says:

    See!?! That’s why you are the Creative God and I am a mere minion. I would of never thought of this! Thanks!!

  18. Linda S. says:

    Love how the ‘carrots’ look. Thanks for a look back at alcohol ink and plastic eggs. I never found white eggs but the technique also works on colored eggs if you use similar colors of alcohol inks. This was one of my all time fun craft projects. We still use these eggs in our yearly egg hunt.

  19. barbara lassiter says:

    Cute and a Happy Easter to you, too! 🙂

  20. Becky Cantu says:

    That is so CRAY!!

  21. diana says:

    such a clever idea sir!!!! love how they turned out!

  22. Sheri K says:

    How adorable! What an awesome idea.

  23. Ann says:

    The carrots are adorable! Thank you, Tim for this fun tutorial.
    Ann in AZ

  24. Hetty says:

    Awsome idea these carrots!

  25. KimPiwo says:

    Love the carrots! Need them for my decor…off to find green raffia

  26. florina says:

    superbe créations 🙂

  27. Deb L says:

    What a great idea! TFS Tim!

  28. MartyF says:

    Those carrots are just too cute! Also love the marbled eggs and faux chocolate bunnies 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

  29. Ann Barnes says:

    So love your “fresh” ideas!!
    I am definitely going to make some of these.

  30. Carole Morrison says:

    Absolute genius!!! These are adorable!! Thanks so much for the inspiration and for sharing this with all of us!!!
    Carole from Chicago

  31. Rosann says:

    BOTTLE BRUSH CARROTS … these are Great a must try !! Such fun and creative inspiration !

  32. Tona says:

    🙂 Love the carrot idea. Very clever.

  33. Tami says:

    So I saw something while shopping this week that made me stop and think, “Hey! Those Tim Holtz trees could totally be made into carrots!”
    I’m so glad you thought of it, tried it, and gave us a tutorial! They are adorable! And I’m sure they are going to look fabulous with your vintage Easter/Spring decor pieces.

  34. Noreen says:

    What a fun way to use the bottle brush trees! Love the marbled eggs and faux bunnies, too!

  35. Tracy says:

    You have GOT to be kidding me??? I KNEW I’ve been hoarding all those bottle brush trees for something!! Absolutely love it, love it and love it ♥♥♥

  36. Maura says:

    Love how you made the carrots!! Cool!

  37. Vera says:

    Wow…thought of making carrots from jumbo chenille stems as embellishments, but this is better! These will keep their shape. Tim, you’re still just “too great”. Love it.

  38. Claire says:

    OMG! So cute! They make me very hoppy.

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