Decorating with Bottle Brush Trees

green bottle brush trees in assorted sizes

When it comes to holiday decorations, there’s something enchanting about bottle brush trees. These pretty little trees have a rich history that dates back decades, adding a touch of whimsy and nostalgia to your seasonal décor.

The Origins

Bottle brush trees were first crafted in the early 20th century in Germany. They gained popularity during the 1930s and 1940s as charming tabletop Christmas decorations. Originally, they were made using natural bristles from real bottle brush plants, attached to wire stems. However, as materials evolved, artisans began creating them with synthetic fibers, resulting in a wide array of colors and sizes. To me, they make me think of the “bottle brushes” used to wash baby bottles))


The appeal of bottle brush trees lies in their ability to give us a sense of nostalgia. Many of us remember these little trees adorning our grandparents’ mantles or tables during the holidays alongn with those paper foldouts of bells and other decorations. Their vintage charm takes us back to simpler times, creating a heartwarming atmosphere that’s perfect for celebrating the season.


One of the best things about bottle brush trees is their versatility. Whether you’re aiming for a classic, rustic, or modern look, these trees fit seamlessly into various décor themes. Place them on your mantel, arrange them in glass jars or lanterns, or use them in tabletop villages.

light natural bottle brush tress on risers on a tabletop or mantel

A Rainbow of Colors & Styles

Bottle brush trees come in an array of colors, from traditional green to vibrant pinks, blues, and even metallic hues. Shapes and styles vary also. Some trees have small decorations or snow. So many choices to choose from. This year I did see a color I’ve never seen before. A light natural brown or tan. And there is always the metallic version. Some are even lighted.

bottlebrush trees in assorted colors, sizes, and materials

Christmas Whimsy

Create an enchanting scene with bottle brush trees by mixing and matching sizes and colors. Add depth by placing taller trees at the back and shorter ones in the front. Use something as a riser to elevate trees as needed. You can get wood slices to use as risers at Amazon. They are very handy for positioning bottle brush trees or using them to display ornaments, etc. Here’s an Amazon link: Wood Slices

Incorporate other elements like vintage ornaments, wooden houses, and twinkling lights for an extra touch of magic. Use tiny clear lights under a blanket of snow for an additional magical atmosphere.

What Goes Around, Comes Around

In recent years, bottle brush trees have experienced a resurgence in popularity. They’ve become a favorite among DIY enthusiasts who enjoy crafting their own unique variations. These trees are no longer limited to Christmas – they’re often used in seasonal displays and festive home décor year-round.

I especially love how they look inside a lantern. Little pines along with some other natural elements make for a pretty everyday lantern decor.

holiday or winter lantern decor

Create Timeless Christmas Memories

Using bottle brush trees in your holiday decorations isn’t just about adding visual appeal; it’s about embracing tradition, nostalgia, and the joy of creating a magical atmosphere. So, as you adorn your home with charming miniature trees, remember that you’re not just decorating – you’re carrying on or starting a family tradition that connects generations and adds a touch of wonder to the holiday season.

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bottlebrush trees in assorted sizes

Bottle Brush Trees

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  1. Hi Jeannie! Love Bottle Brush Tree /history of them post! You never, ever disappoint!! So many colors/styles now! Had not seen the natural brown…how great for Fall, or anytime! The green bottle brush trees with snow we’re part of my family’s Christmas decorations growing up! Great memories!!

    1. Thank you Bonnie))) There were just so many showrooms at market that had trees. Carrie used some in her home decorations last year….I’m going to dig through her stuff and get them out))) She changes up every year! We didn’t have any at home growing up, but my grandmother had those paper bells that folded out….she hung them in her windows and over the kitchen table. She carefully folded them back and put them away every year. I wish I had them(((

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