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3.17.2022

repurposed bottle brush carrots

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i was out running errands this morning when inspiration hit me...
an item at the store i was in reminded me of something i had used before,
still had in my stash, and could use again to replicate the thing i saw - but in MY style.
(which is what my approach to decorating is all about!)

when i arrived home, i dug out the components in excitement, 
ready to 'hop to it' (see what i did there?!) and get this project done.
it took me all of ten minutes to make these cute lil' veggies!

continue reading to see what inspired me - and what i used to create my own version!

Dollar Tree bottle brush carrots for Easter & Spring decor
spied in my local Dollar Tree (it's SO clean and organized, i love it!)
and as i looked at them, i remembered these:
 
i unearthed the funky vintage brushes at a thrift shop
and made the cute little 'trees' with them a few years ago.
i have had NO idea what they are actually for... until now!
i just looked up 'tapered bottle brushes' to see if i could help YOU find them,
and i learned that they are
test tube bottle brushes!!! 

anyway, as i looked at the package of Dollar Tree carrots, i saw THIS in my head:
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...and with a few simple elements that i already had at home,
i was able to bring that idea to life!
(one of my favorite things)

*note: you could certainly buy the Dollar Tree versions
and then zshoosh them up!!! *

here's the simple tutorial:
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components:

floral stems with leaves that look like carrot stems
bottle brushes - preferably tapered / cone shaped
twine . scissors . ribbon

directions:

top left: remove leaves from floral stems. select number of leaves needed
(i used three so that they hid the funky wire handle).

top right: use twine to tie one leaf in the center of the wire,
placing it high enough to cover the wire handle.

middle left and right: tie the second leaf below and to one side of the first.

bottom left: tie the third leaf below and to the opposite side of the second.

bottom right: add a perky ribbon bow in your choice of color.

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while it would be ever so easy to spray paint the brushes before use to get orange carrots,
i like the look of the neutral brushes with yellow ribbon.
(plus it means i can dismantle this project and use them again!)

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i tucked my carrot creations into this fun spring decor accent...
your bottle brush carrots can be massed in a bunch, added to a wreath,
placed in a tray, even placed at each table setting for your Easter dinner!

 since it's officially just a few days away, i'll say 'Happy Spring!'
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now that i've finished this completely unplanned and unexpected project,
i'mma get back to work on the other ideas in process in my studio!

shared online:

funky junk interiors | new upcycled projects to make #618

thank you for featuring my project, Miss Donna!

creatively beth | creative crafts linky party #86

thank you so much for featuring my project, Miss Beth!

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6 comments:

  1. I've never seen bottle brush carrots before and they are ADORABLE!

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    1. Marie, you are so sweet! it is a cute way to make 'carrots', isn't it? i'm seeing them everywhere this season - but they are usually orange (like the ones i spotted at Dollar Tree). and orange just isn't my current color obsession, so i had to make a version that fit my yellow palette! thank you so much for visiting my blog and commenting <3

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  2. What a cute repurpose. Our minds think alike. I see items that remind me of shapes for projects all the time. lol

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    1. i always say 'i never use things the way they are INTENDED to be used!' - it's just a big wide world of art supplies to me!!! but it's kinda' fun to see the world that way, right?! thank you so much for visiting my blog and commenting, Lucy <3

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  3. Woa.. these are SO adorable! And I love how neutral they are too! Time to head to the dollar store here...

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    1. thank you Miss Donna! yep, i'd bet those Dollar Tree brush carrots could easily be bleached back to a neutral hue, then 'foofed' up for a rustic spring decor accent!! and thank you so much for featuring them in your link party <3

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