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Holiday Trophy Antlers

You know how hard those brush bottle trees are to find... Lately I have been hoarding mine.  I use them a lot and it seems they are harder to get a hold of.  Especially the bleached ones!
I really love having lots of these trees on hand.  Like last year when I made the TREE LOT I went through a lot of trees.  So keeping a full basket can be challenging. 
Look how beautiful these are.

I picked up 24 wreaths all in dark green.  When I posted the above photo on Facebook my super crafty buddy Lisa mentioned you can bleach these.  Once I picked my jaw up off the ground I tried it and in less than 5 minutes these were bleached!

So I had this idea...

I wanted to show off my newly bleached wreaths.

Can you believe these were DARK GREEN!

I love this Festive Stencil using Ranger's Texture Paste.  I popped the mini shield and trophy antlers forward with a small wood block.

I wish you could see the glittery letterpress J.O.Y.

Each Trophy is mounted on the mini burlap panels.

I love these metal pine cone charms.  It's perfect attached to the wreath.

I cut the mini shield die.  Inked with ground espresso distress spray stain and distressed.  To achieve the frosted look I coated the mini shield with clear rock candy distress glitter.

I topped with some tattered pinecones and greens.  The snowy tips are Soft Fallen Snow Embossing Powder.

I used a teeny tree tucked on top with a teeny mirrored star.

I attached some hinged clips and used some twine so I can hang it on the wall or tree.

I was so inspired to see these dark green wreaths turn to a bleached wreaths.  I kept the project neutral and subtle.  I hope this gives you an idea to alter your dark green brush bottle goodies with some bleach!  

Thanks for popping in.  Check out my favorite challenge blogs!

Anything But Cute- It's Ornamental
Inspiration Journal- Mission Embossable
Frilly and Funkie- Altered State

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  1. Lovely, love your bleached wreaths. Love the rustic feel. Tracy x

  2. fabulous!! so glad I could help you with your green wreath and tree problem Nicole. =D

  3. I can comment on your blog only from my smartphpne! I don't know why! Beautiful work!I love Trophy antlers and I'm a fan of bleaching!Last year i tried to bleach pinecones and the result is wonderful!Thanks for your inspiration!

  4. Oh my, this is fantastic! Loving all the fabulous elements and that vintage festive look! So many wonderful ideas and techniques! Stunning!
    Thank you so much for joining our 'It's Ornamental' challenge at Anything But Cute! Branka DT x

  5. Nicole, did you hear that sound??? That was a gasp when I clicked on your blog! The sound after that was the unhinging of my jaw before coffee, and then the final thud was the sound of my mandible rolling off my lap and onto the floor. Pretty graphic, huh?

    I digress...WOW! You've completely left me speechless with this trio of trophies! I have tons of trees, wreaths and deer of all sorts, and I have only used one tree so far this year. I love how you have put all these natural elements together to make this rustic ornament! Wow, wow, WOW! Is this for SALE?? (I see a couple of Emerald Creek goodies that have just been put on my list! I agree, those pinecones are just the bees knees!)

    Thank you for joining our It's Ornamental challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugs! Sara Emily DT

  6. Wow Nicole, this is just incredible!! I am changing my Christmas theme this year to a rustic cottage sort of thing and boy oh boy, this would be absolutely stunning on my fireplace mantel! (how obvious was that hint) haha!! OK, so I had no idea that you can bleach those wreaths and trees, I am going to be trying that for sure! I love the canvas backing and the itty bitty pine cone metal embellishment! A truly fantastic Christmas decoration!!!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'It's Ornamental' challenge, you really rocked it! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

    1. Just dropped back in to say thank you so much for also joining us at Frilly and Funkie for our 'Altered State' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  7. Just brilliant! LOVE love love them, Nicole! xxx

  8. I saw Lisa's FB comment and just knew you would do amazing things with the newly bleached articles (they are in VERY short supply over here too...) and you have not disappointed. Wow Nicole, I love what you did with the beautiful deer and the gorgeous wreaths - fabulous work and fabulous stash of trees too! Anne xx

  9. Hello Nicole! I cannot believe they were dark green they have bleached beautifully, your Stag ornament is really Wow and really now - I love what you have done! Cxx (FA for November at Anything But Cute)

  10. Wow - these are absolutely gorgeous! Terrific crafting! Nicola x

  11. Who knew you could bleach the wreaths other than your friend Lisa so I am glad she told you about it and you told us about it. Love the finished canvases and their rustic look. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

  12. Absolutely stunning! I just love style completely!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. Such an adorable project! Love the stenciling on the burlap and the great little bough atop!

  14. WOW!!!! I love this! You pay attention to little details and that is what I always love about your projects!
    Thank you so very much for joining our It's Ornamental challenge at Anything But Cute!

    Samra DT
    Paper Talk with Samra

  15. Love your altered burlap panels, especially the foliage to the top, it looks so frosty. I love your glittered shields behind the trophy antlers too. Thanks so much for joining us over at the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog. ;)

  16. Such an imaginative use of those wreaths Nicole! Love how you've layered all these goodies together so effectively. Thanks you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  17. Nicole, Congratulations on your Honourable Mention at Anything But Cute!! Your decoration is so amazing! Thanks for all your support, don't forget to drop in and pick up your winner's badge! hugs Pamellia DT :)


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