Glitter the Trees

We soaked some trees in a bleach solution, creating a mix of greens closer to what you would find in nature. The bleach doesn’t just lighten the trees; it gives them a lovely blue-green cast.

Photography: Johnny Miller

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2014/January 2015


Hannah's Tip

Inexpensive hairspray can seal a glittered item: Spray it lightly over the trees and it will help the glitter stay on longer.


  • Green and white bottlebrush trees, 1 to 6 inches each

  • Bleach solution (1 part bleach to 3 parts water, in a glass bowl large enough to submerge trees)

  • Craft glue

  • White craft paint and paintbrush

  • Crystal and silver glitters


  1. Soak some green trees in bleach solution until desired shade is reached, 5 to 30 seconds. Rinse well and let dry.

  2. Mix equal parts craft glue and white craft paint. Mix a little silver glitter into crystal glitter. Brush glue mixture onto tips of white and green trees. Sprinkle with mixed glitter, shake off excess, and let dry.


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