DIY: How to Make a Bottle Tree for Your Garden

Updated on February 15, 2018
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I'm an experienced gardener, and love sharing tips and tricks for making your garden the best it can be.

My husband finally got the time to put up my bottle tree. I have planted morning glories so they can grow up the tree. They grew up the tree but didn't bloom very well.

A clematis planted by the tree worked out well. It grew up between the bottles. Diane Speros contacted me from Harris Publications. The magazine is going to put my bottle tree photo, with the clematis, in their publication of Flea Market Outdoor 2016.

We have people drive by here and they slow down and keep looking in our yard. My husband and son were wondering what in the world they found so interesting. A red truck stopped the other day and our son went out and motioned for them to come into the driveway. He wanted them to come in and tell us what they were looking at. We're friendly we don't mind. They wouldn't come in. I told the men in my family they were looking at my beautiful bottle tree. They just laughed.

My personal belief is bottle trees came here by Europeans. My family goes back to the first settlers. They came with many superstitions. They believed in witch balls and gazing balls and also hung bottles in the trees to catch evil spirits.

There are photos of other trees in this hub. Each one has its own charm and gives everyone ideas on how to do their bottle tree.

Many people make their trees from metal rods, or simply place the bottles on old dead trees in their yard, but that wasn't the kind I wanted. It's up to you to decide what kind of tree you want, and the functionality will stay the same no matter which way you choose.

I love the bottle tree on the right in the entrance so pretty. There is no reason you can't put one in your home. A small one by the window to catch the evil before it enters.

In Texas, blue bottle trees are called bluebonnet bottle trees.

I think this is a very pretty blue tree. Bud Light Platinum now has blue bottles, they can be used on a tree.

A bottle tree would brighten up the cold winter garden and you can add twinkle lights, how pretty would this be?

You can make a tiny little tree with cobalt blue bottles.

We plan to have lots more bottles than what you see in the last picture. I want it to look full like the second photo in this hub.

We put lights on the tree for Christmas.

A man in our town makes bottle trees. I'm very surprised to see a Northern making bottle trees it's usually someone from the south. I can drive all over town and not find a tree. I went looking for one the other day someone said they had seen and never did find it. If you don't want to make your own you can always check out Jerry Swanson's Bottle Tree site and see if you like any of his trees to buy. I don't know the man so I can't tell you much about buying his trees. Just another avenue you can use if you don't want to make your own tree.

We finally got started on the bottle tree. We used a treated post from Home Depot. The post is 3x5.

My hubby nailed large spikes into the post. He used 80 D hot dip galvanized pole barn nails.

They glisten in the sun and howl in the wind.

A bottle tree brightens up any cold winter garden, especially with twinkle lights. How pretty would that be?

The clematis I planted by my tree has grown up between the bottles and looks beautiful.
The clematis I planted by my tree has grown up between the bottles and looks beautiful.

I have wanted a bottle tree for my garden for a long time, and my husband finally got the time to put one up. I love this form of old, Southern garden art that glistens in the sun and howls in the wind. Bottle trees are also great because they require no care. Once they're up, you never have to water them, and you don't have to worry about them getting too hot or cold. You can even decorate them during the holidays!

This article will show you how to make a bottle tree for your garden. It's not hard, and it looks beautiful, especially once your garden starts to grow around it.

Items Needed to Make Your Tree:

  • Treated 3x5 wood post/pole
  • Posthole digger
  • 80 D hot dip galvanized pole barn nails (OR 8-inch galvanized lag screws and a socket wrench)
  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • Concrete (optional)
  • Bottles

I would rather have used a tree stump, but even in our woods, we couldn't find one that worked. No matter what your situation, there's a way to make a bottle tree work for you.

How to Make a Bottle Tree

  1. Dig a hole about 25 inches deep and about 12 to 14 inches around.
  2. Place your post in the hole. If you want to add concrete, you can. (We did not do this, just filled the hole in with dirt.)
  3. Drill holes at an angle to put your spikes in. Remember to drill the holes far enough apart so each bottle will fit and have room for the next bottle.
  4. Use a hammer (or drill if you're using screws) to make sure spikes are secure.
  5. Decorate your tree with bottles!

Below are a video and step-by-step photos of my husband putting up our bottle tree.

Step-by-Step Photos of How to Make a Bottle Tree

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Steps 1 and 2: Dig a hole, and place your post inside. You can either use dirt or concrete to fill the hold back in around the post. Step 3: Begin drilling screws into your post. Step 3 Continued. Step 4: Hammer/drill in any loose nails/screws. Step 5: Decorate with bottles!
Steps 1 and 2: Dig a hole, and place your post inside. You can either use dirt or concrete to fill the hold back in around the post.
Steps 1 and 2: Dig a hole, and place your post inside. You can either use dirt or concrete to fill the hold back in around the post.
Step 3: Begin drilling screws into your post.
Step 3: Begin drilling screws into your post.
Step 3 Continued.
Step 3 Continued.
Step 4: Hammer/drill in any loose nails/screws.
Step 4: Hammer/drill in any loose nails/screws.
Step 5: Decorate with bottles!
Step 5: Decorate with bottles!

Where to Find Bottles for Your Tree

While you can buy bottles on the Internet, I prefer collecting them. I've even hit the liquor store looking to see if I can find a different or special one. You can also tell people you are putting up a bottle tree; you will be surprised at how many bottles you get. At first, I had trouble getting the ones I needed, but now that people know I want them, I'm getting them pretty fast. They may look at you like you're crazy—my children certainly did—but it's worth it.

Some bottles look nice and pretty, but when they are put on the tree, the plastic coating will start to come off. I leave them on anyway, because at least I will end up with nice, clear glass.

Go in antique stores, rummage sales, and flea markets to find them. The bottles here are from my collection of blue. One is a wine bottle, another is an old seltzer bottle, and the rest are shot glasses. A bottle tree decorated entirely with small shot glasses would be pretty. You just have to make the rods they hang on larger or figure out another way to connect them, maybe with wire.

Bottles should always be placed upside down, with the neck of the bottle facing the trunk of the tree.

Small and Large Bottles
Small and Large Bottles

How to Clean Your Bottles

If you're putting your bottles on a tree, soak them first to remove all labels.

  • Score the label.
  • Place the bottle in hot water.
  • Leave to soak (sometimes as long as overnight).
  • Peel off the label.

Note: There are some labels you have to work at to get off. In this case, I peel as much as I can off, and then let the bottle soak longer. I also use lubricant spray to remove particularly tricky labels, which works well.

My bottle tree. These three will be added soon.
My bottle tree. These three will be added soon.

The Legend Behind Bottle Trees

According to legend, evil spirits looking for trouble are attracted to the bright, beautiful colors. These spirits will go in the bottles and become trapped. The sun will then burn up the evil spirits in the morning. Just think how many terrible spirits they will catch on Halloween night. The bottles will also keep spirits from entering your home.

Blue bottles are for health, and they catch the evil spirits spreading sickness. When the wind blows, you may just hear the moan of the evil spirits.

Bottle trees are also called "haint" trees, haint meaning ghost.

Where Did They Come From?

Some say they originally came from Europe, where people used them in their gardens and yards to keep evil spirits away. Others say they were brought to America from Africa by slaves.

Whatever the true story might be, bottle trees have been in Southern gardens for a very long time.

Bottle Tree Alternatives

If you don't want to put up a tree, or you just don't have the space, here are some alternatives:

  • Hang a jar in a tree and add colored water.
  • Place a series of metal rods in the ground, and place a single bottle on each.
  • Place bottles directly onto old trees in your yard.
  • Buy a witch ball. These were hung in cottage windows in 18th century England to ward off evil spirits and come in many pretty colors.

All of these options are said to capture evil spirits, so pick whichever one suits you best.

Festive Bottle Trees

I love decorating my bottle tree for the holidays. They really brighten up a cold, winter garden! Putting icicle lights inside each bottle works particularly well. Even with white lights, your tree will still be colorful.

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Our bottle tree during Halloween.And Christmas!Deer like the tree.
Our bottle tree during Halloween.
Our bottle tree during Halloween.
And Christmas!
And Christmas!
Deer like the tree.
Deer like the tree.

Bottle Trees as Gifts and Around the Neighborhood

My aunt has wanted a bottle tree for a long time, so her children found a welder and commissioned this one for her backyard. They live in Michigan and said they are seeing more bottle trees around the city every day.

More of them are showing up around our town as well. I love all the blue in the second tree below. The bootle trees below are photos I took around town.

Bonus: Bottle trees are even showing up in movies! One can be seen in the movies Ghosts of Mississippi (1996) and Wanderlust (2012).

Aunt's Bottle Tree
Aunt's Bottle Tree
Blue Bottle Fan
Blue Bottle Fan
Nice Bottls
Nice Bottls
A small bottle tree with mixed colors.
A small bottle tree with mixed colors.
A tiny bottle tree.
A tiny bottle tree.

Bottle Trees for Sale

The top photo below is taken of bottle trees in Menards, the price $59.95. I think this is a ridiculous price. A similar tree can be bought online for about $20.00 to $30.00. You can even get them with solar lights in them.

People also sell them at garden shows.

Many places either sell or have named their companies after the bottle tree, such as Elmer Long's Bottle Tree Ranch on route 66 in Barstow, California, or The Bottle Tree Beer Company in North Carolina.

Found at Menards.
Found at Menards.

Elmer Long's Bottle Tree Ranch

Your Garden Will Be the Talk of the Town

Ever since my husband put up our bottle tree, we've had people drive by and slow down to look in our yard. My husband and son were wondering what in the world they found so interesting. I told them they were looking at my beautiful bottle tree. They just laughed, but I know it's true. These trees are eye-catching and special, and will make your garden stand out.

Each bottle tree has its own charm. I hope this article has given you ideas on how to create yours.

Tree At Craft Sale
Tree At Craft Sale

Selling Bottle Trees At Garden Shows.

People are now selling bottle trees at garden shows such as the Lakeland Garderners show in Lac Du Flambeau.

Garden Bottle Tree
Garden Bottle Tree

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      moonlake 20 months ago from America

      Irdl3535, Thanks for stopping by and reading my hub. Glad it was informative.

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      Richard Lindsay 22 months ago from California

      I live about 20 minutes from the bottle tree ranch near Victorville. I have always wondered why someone would build a bottle tree. Your post gives me a lot of answers that I never thought of before. It's a great post with lots of information.

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      moonlake 22 months ago from America

      Thank you, Lowell. I will be moving and will miss my bottle tree moving away.

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      Lowell Trotter 22 months ago

      I've never seen a Bottle Tree. I like the dedication you put into this page.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 24 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Just amazing!

      I have not heard about the bottle tree and how it is made. I love the whole idea. This looks beautiful and very creative. In addition , if it helps to ward off negative energy or evil spirits as you have mentioned, I am definitely going to make one .

      Thanks for sharing this very interesting and creative hub!

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      Cynthia 24 months ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      How very interesting these bottle trees are! I have begun to fill my garden up with glass items, mostly bottles. I had no idea I was doing something that has a cultural history of its own. I am thinking that I might take some of my bottles and start a tree this coming summer! Thank you for this beautifully-illustrated hub! ~Cynthia

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      moonlake 2 years ago from America

      crazyhorsesghost, Thank you for stopping by it's only taken me 6 months to answer your comment. That's nice that you look at your tree right outside your window. I love my bottle tree.

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      moonlake 2 years ago from America

      starstream, Thank you for stopping by. Thank you for your nice comment.

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      Thomas Byers 3 years ago from East Coast , United States

      I have one just outside my living room window where I can see it. I really enjoyed your Hub Page here. Voted it up and shared. Great work here.

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      Dreamer at heart 3 years ago from Northern California

      This is an awesome hub full of creative ways to use those beautiful colored glass bottles which so many of us toss to recycle bins. I never had seen these bottle trees before. Thank you for sharing all of the photos! The history of the craft is much older than one would think it to be.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      OhMe, thank you glad you liked it.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love Bottle Trees and sure enjoyed seeing all your photos. One of these days I will have one, too.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Jeannie, Thanks for your great story you must have had a wonderful grandmother. It's nice that they are popping up all over.

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      Jeannie 3 years ago

      You've written wonderful instructions for building a bottle tree! I first learned of bottle trees as a kid when I saw them... usually on farms and way out in the country. I remember they were not particularly attractive at that time, but I was utterly fascinated with them and convinced my grandmother to let me make a bottle tree in her back yard. She allowed it only if I did it so nobody else would see it...lol! The few I'd seen had very few colored glass bottles ... mostly clear glass or Coca-Cola bottles... but some of the clear glass had turned that wonderful purplish-lavender color... I would love to have some of those today...lol. Anyhow, my grandparents were not exactly enamored of my first bottle tree and it disappeared one winter and was rarely mentioned again. I've made several bottle trees as an adult and never tire of their beautiful colors. Many of my friends have followed suit... and just a week or so ago, I noticed one of the back fence neighbors put up a great bottle tree on a pole... I can see only the top of it, but I wonder if he saw mine and wanted one... bottle trees are showing up everywhere these days. Thanks for your great post. :)

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Virginia Ann, How lucky to get bottles like that. I don't take my bottles off in the winter, none have ever froze. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Virginia Ann 4 years ago

      I started a bottle tree a couple years ago. I live in New England and so far I've been taking the bottles off the tree in the winter time. If any moisture would get inside the bottle I'm afraid it would freeze and break the bottle. My daughter works in a Bowling Alley with a lounge and when bottles are empty they send them to me. I got the idea from a friends daughter in Florida that had one in her back yard along a canal of water, her tree looked great.... I have a large back yard and think my tree eventually will be a 'conversation piece'.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      DirtyWork, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by.

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      Emily Barnes 4 years ago from Austin, Tx

      Great lens! My neighbor has one of these trees and I absolutely love it.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Lindabug, Your welcome and thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Lindabug 4 years ago

      Raised in the South I have known about bottle trees for some time especially the blue ones. My husband has said he will make me one & we have been collecting bblue bottles. From the comments I just thought of the idea of a minature tree from a small black wire 'Halloween' tree & a group of small bottles I just bought at a yard sale. Can't wait to try that too. Thanks for your information.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      AliciaC, Your welcome glad you stopped by.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a wonderful project, moonlake! The result is beautiful. Thank you for the instructions.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Deborah-Diane, Thank you I appreciate that. I thougth I might get tired of this tree but I haven't yet.

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      This is so adorable, I thought I would pin it to my "Crafts and Projects" board. I thought other people would like to try it, too!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      earnforlife, Your welcome and thanks for stopping by.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

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      earnforlife 4 years ago

      Totally beautiful. Never thought of using junk in my garden before, but this looks so much better than it sounds. I see that the bottles and plants blend together really well. Thanks for the inspiration.

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      erinshelby 4 years ago from United States

      This is really fascinating. What a neat way to make your own Christmas tree.

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      Jackie Lynnley, Thank you for stopping by I appreciate it.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I love colored bottles and now I have an excuse to collect them. Thank you. With lights would be soooo pretty! ^+

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Indian Chef, Thank you and thanks for share, vote and twitter I appreciate it.

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Very beautiful pics, sharing on twitter as there is no share with followers button on this page today and voting up.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Toytasting, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by. Kids would love making a bottle tree.

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      Toy Tasting 4 years ago from Mumbai

      Awesome! Awesome!AWESOME! I love the pictures, they are simply beautiful. This reminds me of the small bottle tree I made with my sister a few years ago. It was much less attractive though. I am inspired to make one again. I guess I will make one bottle tree in my farmhouse. This is the perfect time as we have vacations here in Mumbai. Kids are going to love it. Thank you for sharing this.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      FlourishAnyway, Thank you and thank for stopping by.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Very neat frugal yard art! Love it.

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      mailxpress, Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Michelle Cesare 4 years ago from New York

      I've never heard of such a thing. Interesting and the last video with the Route 66 garden was very good. Fun old man.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Grace-Wolf-30, Thank you for stopping by I appreciate it.

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      Grace-Wolf-30 4 years ago from England

      Wow, I've never heard of bottle trees before. Very beautiful and artistic. Might have a go at one myself. Thank you for the idea. Great hub!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

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      Sam Little 4 years ago from Wheelwright KY

      Very cool way to recycle bottles. I had never even thought of this and at first I was very afraid it would look hockey but these are beautiful pieces of art. Thanks for sharing.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

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      Helen 4 years ago

      I love this tree so neat. I think I will put one in my garden. I have plenty of bottles for it.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Divs001, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by. I love looking at my bottle tree in my garden. I like it when the flowers grow up around it.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      twig22bend, Your welcome. I have drove all over this town trying to find a bottle tree everyone says they see but so far I have not found it. They can never remember the street. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Divs001 4 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Hi moonlake, this a fabulous idea. I have never heard or seen any bottle trees before. This hub has pretty good details and the tree which you made is really fantastic, especially the picture of bottle tree with lights is really amazing

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      twig22bend 4 years ago

      How interesting. Just the other day I saw a bottle tree in someone's yard. I had no clue as to what it was. Thanks to you, now I know. I think that I might try to make one. I like the red and blue bottles. Thanks for sharing.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Deborah-Diane, Thank you for stopping by. I'm waiting for the snow to go away and I will be adding more bottles to my tree.

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Where have I been? I had never even heard of a bottle tree until I read this. A very cool idea! I love the pictures you used, too.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      travel_man1971, Your welcome so glad you stopped by. I appreciate your comment.

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      Ireno Alcala 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Awesome! We usually sell our old bottle at the junk stores. I might as well design my own bottle trees in the future.

      Thank you for sharing such idea.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      beingwell, Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate the vote.

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Haint trees, huh? They're nice and colorful trees! A good way to use old bottles, too. Voted up!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      shai77, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate the votes.

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      PaoloJpm, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Chen 4 years ago

      What a great way to recycle... that looks so cute, especially at night. All those green sprite bottles would look really good in there for a holiday tree. I love seeing creative art with recyclable materials, voted up! Great hub! Great photos!

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      John Paolo B.Magdaluyo 4 years ago from Philippine

      Great hub! so beautiful hope I can make one myself. people need to do things like this not only for recreational but environmental friendly.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Barbara Kay, I have had to ask all around to get my bottles but when people know I need them they will usually save bottles. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Barbara Badder 4 years ago from USA

      moonlake, My neighbor created one of these with blue bottles. One of our other neighbors saved them for her. It took her quite a while to get enough of them. Great idea!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      jayshreepattanaik, Thank you I appreciate your comment and the fact that you stopped by my hub so nice of you.

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      JITENDRA 5 years ago from INDIA

      nice friend nothing is wastage in universe it is the brain power that makes all the thing useful ........urs hub is a nice example of use of brain power

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      MeltedGumby, That sounds interesting. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Aaron C 5 years ago from Florida, USA

      Very interesting idea! There's a guy who has a huge property in my town who does all his property up like this, and hosts big musical events and things. Love it!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      unknown spy, Thank you and thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wow, the tree bottle is really wonderful! not to mention the creativity for creating such thing. i love it!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      almenda, Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.

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      Almenda Eddie 5 years ago

      Thanks to you Moon for sharing this creative Idea with us.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Jmillis2006, Bottle trees are more popular in the south than they are here. People stop on the road and look at mine. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Elias Zanetti, Thank you for dropping in I appreciate all the votes. I think on the internet I have seen bottle trees in the house as Christmas trees.

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      Jmillis2006 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I seen one of these bottle trees when I was in GA visiting family over thanksgiving and thought it was really neat, even though at the time I had no clue what it was. Thank you for such an informative hub.

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      Elias Zanetti 5 years ago from Athens, Greece

      What a marvelous idea, Moonlake! Now I know what kind of tree I'll have for Christmas from now onward! Thank you! I had no idea about the bottle trees and now, thanks to your hub, I got to know all about it! Also, congratulations for the wonderful tree you built! It's great! Voted up, awesome, interesting&useful! Cheers!

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      Almenda Eddie 5 years ago

      Excellent thinking and creative mind. The bottle trees are looking very beautiful and it is a good use of useless bottles that we thrown in the garbage.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Thundermama, Thank you for stopping by. I really enjoy my bottle tree. It's a fun thing to have in the garden. Thanks for the vote and sharing.

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      Catherine Taylor 5 years ago from Canada

      Love this idea, especially the one with fairy lights in it. Such a lovely way to pretty up a garden. Can't wait to try it. Voted way up and sharing!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      newusedcarssacram, Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate your visit.

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      newusedcarssacram 5 years ago from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A

      It looks even better when we put lights in them. This is so simple yet so beautiful.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Diana Lee thank you for stopping I appreciate your visit.

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      Diana L Pierce 5 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      This is very interesting. I've seen many bottle trees, but never knew they were to ward off evil.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      celeste inscribed, Thanks so much for stopping by I appreciate it.

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      Celeste Wilson 5 years ago

      How beautiful!! I think my favorite is the video of the 'School of blue bottle noses', but a close second is Elmer.

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      loveofnight 5 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      A very good read, I didn't know about the witch-ball or the hanging jar. Thanks for the info.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      lesliebyars, Thank you glad you enjoyed it. We get people driving by and checking out our bottle tree. They even pull down into our drive-way. There aren't many bottle trees around here. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the vote.

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      lesliebyars 5 years ago

      This is so interesting. There are interesting bottle trees here in the Birmingham, AL. There's even a restaurant called The Bottle Tree. Voted up and interesting.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Bobber, Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I will have to check out the Moscato Di Asti. I'm starting to run out of room on my tree but we're going to try and move bottles around and add more in between. My aunt had her tree made from rerod.

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      Bobber 5 years ago

      Just made our own bottle tree out of rerod. Easy to weld and bend. Bevlamo also makes a great Moscato Di Asti (Sams Club) which comes in a cobalt blue bottle.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      pstraubie48, Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I was out in the snow tonight getting a picture of the bottle tree while it's snowing. It looks like a Christmas tree. Merry Christmas to you.

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      How clever is this. I have never seen one and I grew up in the South. I read about hanging bottles on a tree as a way to loose oneself of the problems in a life but never of an actual tree. Now, to find some colorful bottles. My grandson would love this. thanks for sharing. Sending Angels your way. :) ps

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      raincitygirl, Thank you and thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.

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      Siri 5 years ago from Vancouver

      Those are quite pretty. Lovely job :)

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      tattuwurn, I will be putting it on with a Christmas snowman in front of it. So nice you dropped by and left a comment.

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      tattuwurn 5 years ago

      Wow I so much love this! Especially when the bottles are shown against the light... it's so gorgeous. Would make a colorful outdoor Christmas tree as well. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Blond Logic, I really enjoy mine. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Mary Wickison 5 years ago from Brazil

      I had never seen or heard of a bottle tree before. What a wonderful example of what to do with empty bottles. Beautiful and colorful.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Magdaleine, Thank you and thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Magdaleine 5 years ago

      Interesting and beautiful, especially the one with light.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Rheapete, My husband used a post hole digger to put our tree in the ground. You could place the bottom of the post in a plastic bag before you put it in the ground to keep it from rotting. Would love to see a picture when you get it done. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate that.

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      Rheapete 5 years ago

      Enjoyed your bottle tree pics. I've been collecting bottles for a couple of years now - blues, greens and brown. Want to do a bluebonnet tree. I have a cedar log, and plan to insert wooden dowels to hold up the bottles, if I can drill deep enough . Haven't figured out, though, how to stabilize the base of it. Am afraid the log will just rot if I just dig a hold for it. Maybe I'll put it in pot of rocks and sink the pot in the ground. How did you stabilize yours? Thanks for the website!

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