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How To Make A Bottle Tree and It's History.

I have wanted a bottle tree for my garden a for a long time. I love them their old Southern garden art. Bottle trees are also called, "haint" trees, haint meaning ghost. This hub will show you how to make a bottle tree for your garden. It's not hard and it turns out nice.

They take no care. Once they're up you never have to water them. You don't have to worry about cold on them or heat. They are a draught free tree.

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.

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.

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.

Clematis vine
Clematis vine
Morning Glory In Bottle Tree
Morning Glory In Bottle Tree
In The Garden
In The Garden

History of the Bottle tree.

All About A Tree
All About A Tree
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Different Ways to Make A Bottle Tree.

Many people make their trees from metal rods and welded, but it wasn't the kind I wanted. Many people the bottles on old dead trees in their yard. It's up to you whichever way you want to do them would work.

One the tree bottles placed upside down the neck of the bottle facing the trunk of the tree. Evil spirits looking for trouble attracted to the bright beautiful colors. These spirits will go in the bottles and can't get out. The sun in the morning will burn up the evil spirits. Just think how many terrible bad spirits the bottles will catch on Halloween night. The bottles will also keep spirits from entering your home.

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

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.


Small Mixed Colors
Small Mixed Colors
Hanging In Tree
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Where Did They Come From?

They glisten in the sun and howl in the wind. Some say they originally came from Europe. Europeans used them in their gardens and yards to keep evil spirits away. The origins of the bottle tree go further back than slavery.

They are often seen in Southern gardens. They are beautiful. Who really knows the true story but they have been in Southern gardens for a very long time.

You can buy the trees on the Internet and you can also buy the bottles. Like I said I have been collecting the bottles. I have to get the bottles from other people I don't drink so don't always have bottles. I've even hit the liquor store looking to see if I can find a different bottle or my red bottle.

Witch Ball
Witch Ball

Hanging Jars From a Tree Branch

If you don't want to put up a tree. You can hang a jar in a tree add colored water, also known to capture evil spirits.

No place for a bottle tree. You can also buy witch ball they were hung in cottage windows in the 18th century England to ward off evil spirits.

Witch balls come in so many pretty colors.

Blue Tree
Blue Tree
Blue Bottle
Blue Bottle
Small and Large Bottles
Small and Large Bottles

The Bottles

In Texas, the 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.

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

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

Tell people you are putting in a bottle tree and you will be surprised at how many bottles you get. They may look at you like you're crazy. My children looked at me like I was crazy. They always think I'm crazy with my ideas.

You can make a tiny little tree with cobalt blue bottles. 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, an old seltzer bottle, the rest are shot glasses. A bottle tree 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.


How To Clean Your Bottles.

If you're putting your bottles on a tree. Soak the bottles to remove all labels. Score the labels and place the bottles in the hot water. There are some labels you have to work at to get off. I peel as much as I can off and let soak longer. Sometimes overnight soak helps. I also use lubricant spray to remove labels, works well.

Red
Red

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The red bottle tree below is very pretty just like the blue one. I wonder where they got the red bottles.

I found a red bottle at TJ Maxx for $4.99. Hobby Lobby also had some, but they were more expensive and looked painted not pure colored glass. This one is not painted it's red glass. We live in a small town. I don't often get to any of these places so when I had the chance I looked for the red bottle, found one and bought it. I found this one at TJ Maxx in Michigan.

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Lovely Garden
Summer Tree
Summer Tree

Instructions On Making A Bottle Tree.

Items needed to make your tree:

3x5 post/pole

posthole digger

80 D hot dip galvanized pole barn nails or anything close to this or 8-inch galvanized lag screws you will need a socket wrench with screws.

Hammer

Drill

Concert (optional)

Bottles

We finally got started on the bottle tree. We used a treated post from Home Depot. The post is 3x5. Dig a hole about 25 inches deep and about 12 to 14 inches around. Place your post in the hole. If you want to add concert you can. We did not do this, just filled in with dirt. Drill holes at an angle to put your spikes in and remember to drill the holes far enough apart to put the bottles so each bottle will fit and have room for the next bottle. My hubby nailed large spikes into the post. He used 80 D hot dip galvanized pole barn nails.

I would rather use a tree stump. Even in our woods, we couldn't find one which worked. At first, I had trouble getting bottles I needed. Now people know I want them, I'm getting the bottles pretty fast.

Below is a video of my husband putting up the bottle tree. 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.

Bottle trees are even showing up in movies. A bottle tree can be seen in the movie Ghosts of Mississippi (1996) and the movie Wanderlust (2012).

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.

Garden Bottle Tree
Garden Bottle Tree
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Red Bottle
Red Bottle

Found Red Bottle

I found a red bottle. It's called Bevlamo Sparkling Moscato. If you know anyone who drinks this wine you can maybe get the bottles from them. If you drink wine and like this wine Sam's club has it for $11.99. The bottle is very pretty and will look great on the bottle tree.

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Lights on The Tree.

Below is the bottle tree with icicle lights inside each bottle. It can be used for any holiday like this. The lights we used were clear, but you can see all the color from the bottles.

Our Yard At Halloween and Christmas

Halloween
Halloween
Christmas
Christmas
Deer Like The Tree
Deer Like The Tree
Aunt's Bottle Tree
Aunt's Bottle Tree

Gift of the Bottle Tree

My aunt has wanted a bottle tree so her children got together and found a man who did welding and he made this bottle tree stand for her backyard. They live in Michigan and said they are seeing more bottle trees every day around the city they live in.

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.

Tree At Craft Sale
Tree At Craft Sale

Easy Way To Make A Bottle Tree.

If you want an easy way to make a bottle tree check out House Of Hawthornes tomato cage bottle tree.

Around the Neighborhood.

Now bottle trees are showing up around our town. I love all the blue in this tree. It's made with a metal post. The photos below were taken at one house in our town. When I find more trees I will add the photos.

Nice Bottls
Nice Bottls
The Fan Tree
The Fan Tree
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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. The same looking tree can be bought online for about $20.00 to $30.00. You can even get them with solar lights in them.

The bottom picture is of my bottle tree with more bottles add. The three bottles in the photo will be going on my tree soon.

The bottom picture is of the small bottle tree in my neighbor’s yard.

Photo to the right is an unusual tree.

Found In The Lumber Yard
Found In The Lumber Yard
In My Yard
In My Yard

Small Tree.

Tiny
Tiny

Many places either sell bottle trees or have named their companies after the bottle tree.

Wind bottle tree sculpture. Artist David Boyers. Found in the Port of San Diago like Boyers Sculptures.

Elmer Long's Bottle Tree Ranch route 66 in Barstow, California.

In North Caroline, there is a brewing company called The Bottle Tree Beer Company.


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moonlake 3 months ago from America Author

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


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lrdl3535 5 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 5 months ago from America Author

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


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Lowell Trotter 5 months ago

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


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ChitrangadaSharan 6 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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techygran 7 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 15 months ago from America Author

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 15 months ago from America Author

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


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crazyhorsesghost 22 months 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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starstream 22 months 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 2 years ago from America Author

OhMe, thank you glad you liked it.


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OhMe 2 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 2 years ago from America Author

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


Jeannie 2 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 2 years ago from America Author

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.


Virginia Ann 2 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 3 years ago from America Author

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DirtyWork 3 years ago from Austin, Tx

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


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

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Lindabug 3 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 3 years ago from America Author

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AliciaC 3 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 3 years ago from America Author

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 3 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 3 years ago from America Author

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earnforlife 3 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 3 years ago from United States

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


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

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Jackie Lynnley 3 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 3 years ago from America Author

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


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Indian Chef 3 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 3 years ago from America Author

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


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Toytasting 3 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 3 years ago from America Author

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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Very neat frugal yard art! Love it.


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mailxpress 3 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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Grace-Wolf-30 3 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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lorddraven2000 3 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 3 years ago from America Author

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Helen 3 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 3 years ago from America Author

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 3 years ago from America Author

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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago from America Author

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 3 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 3 years ago from America Author

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


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travel_man1971 3 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 3 years ago from America Author

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


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beingwell 3 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 3 years ago from America Author

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


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

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


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shai77 3 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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PaoloJpm 3 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 3 years ago from America Author

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 Kay 3 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 3 years ago from America Author

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


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jayshreepattanaik 3 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 3 years ago from America Author

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


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MeltedGumby 3 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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unknown spy, Thank you and thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.


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unknown spy 3 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 3 years ago from America Author

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almenda 3 years ago

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


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

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 3 years ago from America Author

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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 years ago from America Author

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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Thundermama 3 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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newusedcarssacram, Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate your visit.


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newusedcarssacram 3 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 3 years ago from America Author

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Diana Lee 3 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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celeste inscribed, Thanks so much for stopping by I appreciate it.


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celeste inscribed 3 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 3 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 3 years ago from America Author

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 3 years ago from Alabama

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 3 years ago from America Author

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.


Bobber 3 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 3 years ago from America Author

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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pstraubie48 3 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 3 years ago from America Author

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


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raincitygirl 3 years ago from Vancouver

Those are quite pretty. Lovely job :)


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

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


tattuwurn 3 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 3 years ago from America Author

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


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Blond Logic 3 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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Magdaleine 3 years ago

Interesting and beautiful, especially the one with light.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

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.


Rheapete 3 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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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Just Ask Susan, Thank you for stopping by always nice to see you. Everyone likes the bottle tree my aunt has now started her tree. My friends said they saw a blue one somewhere in town. I'm going to try and find it and get a picture. Thanks for the voting, pinnin and sharing I appreciate it.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I've never seen a bottle tree until now and have to say they are beautiful. What an awesome idea! I really like the red and blue bottles. I've seen some very nice colored bottles in the liquor store and may have to go buy them so I can start my own tree.

Voting +++, pinning and sharing.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

mary615, It wasn't hard getting the lights in but it works best with icicle lights. Thanks so much for stopping back by.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Rusticliving, I love my bottle tree. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. Enjoy collecting the bottles for the bottle tree.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I just came back to reread this Hub on bottle trees. I read it over a year ago. I can't imagine getting lights down into the bottle, but I'll take your word for that. The last time I read this Hub, it inspired me to make one, but I never got around to do it: now maybe I will. I love the cobalt blue.

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Rusticliving 3 years ago from California

These trees are amazing and absolutely gorgeous! What an ingenious way of recycling! I am so happy you shared this with us. I only wish I hadn't recycled all my wine bottles.. I guess I need to open more! :)


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

eusaphzae, Thanks so much for stopping by I appreicate it and thanks for the comment.


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


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

alifeofdesign, There are a few bottle trees showing up here but not many. My aunt just put one in her backyard. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment and thanks for the vote.


Southernmapart 3 years ago

Been saving jugs to make a "jug" tree. It won't be as pretty as your pictures since I have only clear, green and brown glass, but hoping it will work as a space-saver in between the times I put my jugs to other uses.


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alifeofdesign 3 years ago from New Hamphire

I've always been fascinated by bottle trees. I so enjoyed your hub and your trees are great! I'm a northern and I never see bottle trees here, although, I have considered making one for our backyard. Voted interesting.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

PaisleeGal, I think they're seen more in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. Thank you for stopping and reading my hub. I appreciate it. Thanks for the vote and share.


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PaisleeGal 3 years ago from Memphis, Tennessee, USA

I've lived in the south my whole life of 62 yrs. Can't believe I've never seen or heard of a bottle tree. What a great way to use colored bottles. I'm not a yard person, per say, but would love one of these at my front door to welcome guest. Thanks for article. I learned something new today because of Hubpages. Voted up and shared.


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eusaphzae 3 years ago from United Arab Emirates

Hi..Nice art...well written.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

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Eddy, Thanks so much for coming by I'm glad you liked the hub. I appreciate you checking it out.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

A brilliant hub and thanks for sharing.

Eddy.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Nellieanna, I love glass and I just hate seeing so many bottles just thrown out. I will get some pictures.

Your mother was a smart lady. We were recycling in our house before people thought about it.

Thanks so much for dropping by.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Ah - of course! That's a superb idea! Thank you!

My mother single-handedly invented recycling, by the way! haha. Example: she would sign greeting cards on the very bottom-most edge of it so the recipient could just trim it off and send it on to the next recipient. When possible, she left the envelope clear, unless mailing, of course.

I'll bet your bottle tree is so pretty with the lights on it! I get so weary of the commercial decorations people place in the yards to celebrate holidays, though of course, it's the standard practice these days. This bottle tree is so much more charming and personal! I hope you do get some pictures of yours posted!

Stopping by is my pleasure!!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Nellieanna, Just tell people you are doing a bottle tree and do they ever have bottles they don't want. You will be surprised at how many you will get. We have lights on it now for Halloween and Christmas. I will have to try and get some pictures on here. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

Fantastic! I just had the privilege of seeing a Chihuly exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum; - his glass sculptures are beyond description. Now here you have provided a way to create a glass sculpture without having to blow glass! Wow! It could lend itself to so many creative projects for various seasons and holidays! My problem is that I don't drink sodas and go through glass bottles of other things very slowly! haha. But surely I can resolve that holdup! It's certainly less prohibitive than learning glass-blowing! :-)


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Redberry Sky, You just might be the first one in the UK to have a bottle tree. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the vote.


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Redberry Sky 3 years ago

What a fantastic idea - I've never seen one here in the UK, but they look amazing :) Love the history of them - I think I might give it a try and catch myself some evil spirits (though I think the evil spirits in my garden are just the neighbours' curious cats...!). Voted up and across :)


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Jamie Brock, I love bottles I think so many are pretty. I have some in my pantry that I won't put on the tree. I use them for things like olive oil, vanilla and so on. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

moonlake- I used to volunteer at the local recycling place in a small town I used to live in- I would help sort the materials that people dropped off to be recycled... They would let me go through the TONS of liquor and wine bottles they had...they were always happy to let me take something if I would use it or make something from it. I was amazed at all the different shapes and colors.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Jamie Brock, Thank you for stopping by. One of the kids ask me today if I needed more bottles for my tree. I told them I did I want to fill it up from top to bottom. Thank you the vote.


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Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

These bottle trees are so pretty.. I can't believe I've never heard of them before. I live in an apt right now but hopefully one day I'll be able to make one of these of my own. Thank you for another great hub.. voting up :)


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

paxwill, Thanks for stopping by glad you liked the bottle trees. I appreciate you leaving a comment.


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paxwill 3 years ago from France

That's very beautiful, especially with the deep blue bottles. It also makes me kind of thirsty! ;)


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

ignugent17, Thank you so glad you stopped by.


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Debbie thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.


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ignugent17 4 years ago from Central Illinois , USA

Very creative!


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ignugent17 4 years ago from Central Illinois , USA

Very creative!


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

How interesting and fasanating bottle trees.. I do love the blue and red.. this is an awesome hub.

debbie


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Hendrika, Thank you so much for stopping by. Sounds like your complex owners might have lots of bottles to make a bottle tree.


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Hendrika 4 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

I think I should get some of the owners in our complex interested in a bottle tree, that way they will have something constructive to do with all their bottles!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

beindustrial, Thanks so much for stopping by I'm glad you liked the bottle tree.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

talfonso, It's true about the plastic. I put bottles on my trees that have plastic the plastic wears off and there is a pretty clear bottle under all that plastic. Thank you so much for stopping by I appreciate it.


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beindustrial 4 years ago from Effingham, IL

I love the bottle tree. Very cool garden idea. I will definitely try this, my husband has a lot of bottle stocks and I think this will perfectly work for them.


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talfonso 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

A bottle tree looks really cool, and a lot of them look FANTASTIC! I might consider making a few later, after I am done caring for my elder. This is a really fun and colorful recycling project - over time, the plastic discolors, giving the tree a nice effect.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Mark Hunt, I think they would be in shock. Lol

I did see one somewhere on the internet that was a bottle tree Christmas tree. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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Mark Hunt 4 years ago

Do you think my children will notice if I use a bottle tree for Christmas. Lol...


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

coffeegginmyrice, It does add color and it's nice when you can find a bottle that is colored all the way through and not just a bottle wrap in colored plastic. Thanks for the share and for dropping by.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Marsei, Glad you like the hub. That's interesting about Katrina. Thanks so much for the facebook share and the vote.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

tillsontitan, That's funny about your grandchild and the witches ball.

Glad you liked the hub and thanks for the vote, pinned and share. I appreciate it.

I will be sure to tell my husband what you said.


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coffeegginmyrice 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

Wonderful! Adds colour in the garden! Sharing this brilliant idea!


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Marsei 4 years ago from New Orleans

I have always loved bottle trees and these are some of the most beautiful I've seen. They were very popular in New Orleans after Katrina. It's a marvelous hub, a joy to read. Of course voted up and yours will be my first Facebook share from Hub Pages besides my own work. This is something I know my friends would love to read.

marsei


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

I can't believe I missed this one! I don't have a bottle tree but I do have a witches ball in my garden. One of my grandchildren asked, "why do you have a witches ball?" I replied, "To chase away witches." He said, "That's silly Grandma" to which I replied, "No it isn't, you don't see any witches in my yard do you?"

Back to the bottle tree..great information on kinds of bottles and especially on how to build one. Tell your husband we might get him on the DYI network!

Voted up, useful, and interesting. Shared with followers and pinned as well!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

idigwebsites, It's a good way to declutter a home. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

fantastic hub , moonlake. Now I know what to do with piles of bottles i have around the house.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

geetbhim, Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. It is a nice way to get rid of bottles. I hope it catches lots of evil.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

CrisSp, Thanks so much for stopping by. Once we get this tree filled up I want to put one down in the meadow where I walk. Thank you for the vote, pin and sharing I appreciate it.


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geetbhim 4 years ago from Ludhiana India

Very creative Idea to use the bottle looks beautiful and nice way to get rid of unused bottles.Thanks for giving such an information I was unaware of the evil fact that bottles catches.


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CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Goodness, I am so happy to have stumbled upon this hub. Great idea. I used to throw those empty bottles in the recycle bin. Now, no more. I'm definitely doing this in my own backyard. Voted up and sharing and pinning.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Stephanie Henkel, Thank you for stopping by. I was outside today watering and caught myself watering the bottle tree. I ask my husband if I was nuts. He said well you do have to water the moring glory right next to it so you can say that's what you were watering. You will enjoy a bottle tree, no water necessary.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

These bottle trees are just beautiful! Voted up and pinned! (and I'm going to start saving my pretty bottles!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

locknloaded81, Thank you and thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.


locknloaded81 4 years ago

very nice idea! i love the way you did to your hub.. you made a splendid hub. :)


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Peggy W,

Check out your hub it was very interesting. We're going to Arkansas this fall maybe we will try and get to a Quigley's Castle. Thanks so much for stopping by and for votes.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

You can see some really full bottle trees in my Quigley's Castle hub. This lady collected almost everything and reused items in different ways. I have also seen some bottle trees in Texas. They are eye catching! More up votes!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

psdwpintegration, Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Glad you liked the bottle tree.


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psdwpintegration 4 years ago from Noida

Wow! wonderful Bottle Tree


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

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Anil and Honey 4 years ago from Kerala

welcome, same to you.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Anil and Honey, Your welcome. Thank you for stopping by.


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Anil and Honey 4 years ago from Kerala

Thank you very much.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Anil and Honey, Thank you so glad you stopped by I appreciate it.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

vespawoolf, It is a good way to use up bottles. I hate see perfectly good bottles going into the trash. This is a good way to use them up. Once I get this one filled up I want one in the meadow. Thanks so much for stopping by and for sharing.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Gamerelated, Your right we do throw away to much stuff. We just put new windows in and took out a big window. We sat it beside the road and put FREE on it and it was gone by the next day. Good way to give stuff to people. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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Anil and Honey 4 years ago from Kerala

Free bottle is a new problem in every country, you are a grate man because you can overcome this problem.thank you very much


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

What a great idea, moonlake! I've never heard of a bottle tree before reading this. Your photos show just how beautiful a bottle tree can be. I like the idea of recycling old bottles, too. Thanks for sharing another great hub!


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Gamerelated 4 years ago from California

Hello moonlake, I like the idea of reusing things. We throw away too much stuff in this society. Most of the stuff that we throw in the trash would be useful to somebody else. Its just we have no way of getting it to them. Most of the stuff we throw away could also be useful if we put it to some alternative use like bottle trees. Good work.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

jennzie, Thank you for stopping by. I have more of the colored bottles to add but just haven't got to it yet. Colored bottle are really pretty. Thanks for the vote.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Thelma Alberts, Your welcome it is a good way to get rid of bottles and look pretty in the garden. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

This would be a unique decoration for someone's yard. I like the idea of using different colored water bottles- it makes it look really pretty! Great hub- voted up and more.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Wow! What a great idea! There are lots of empty bottles in our backyard, collected by my father. It disturbs me, just laying down the ground. Now, you have given me an idea. Thanks moonlake. Voted up and shared.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Farmer Rachel, Thank you glad you like the hub. Thanks for the vote and the pin.


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Farmer Rachel 4 years ago from Minnesota

What a great idea! I've gotta make one. Your pictures are really great, by the way. Voted up and pinned.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

whonunuwho, Glad I gave you some ideas and glad you like my hub. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Christy, Thank you glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by and for the vote and sharing. I really love getting comments on my hubs.


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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

Beautiful hub on bottle trees. I am reminded of the prayer wheels and Dream Catchers of Native Americans in seeing your work about how the bottles may catch evil spirits and prevent harm. I really loved your hub and have ideas about my own bottle trees for the future.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

What a cool idea! Really like this, and had never heard of before your hub. Vote up, awesome, and sharing too.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

The Dirt Farmer 5, I guess that's all you'll think about now is getting that bottle tree up. At least if your anything like me. Thank for stopping back.


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The Dirt Farmer 4 years ago from Maryland

Lights in the bottles--that's sounds wonderful. Great ideas. I've gotta get busy!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

The Dirt Farmer, Thank you for stopping by. The lights do make it look really nice at night. We are changing the lights to the ice icicle because we can stick those right down in the bottle and it should light up even better. I appreciate your comment and visit.


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The Dirt Farmer 4 years ago from Maryland

I have a bunch of wine bottles saved in the shed to make a bottle tree but have never gotten around to doing it. Reading your hub makes me want to move it to the top of my to-do list! Really love the multi-color one. I bet the lights make it a gorgeous display at night!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

That Grrl, Colored bottles are getting harder to find. A yard sale is a good place to find some. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.


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That Grrl 4 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

What a beautiful idea. Your post is wonderful, so much extra added to a simple idea. My Mother was looking for coloured glass bottles. She told me she wanted them for something like this. It is surprisingly hard to find glass bottles with so many of them being plastic now. But, I've been getting one for her now and then.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

slackermom, It is a good use for your empty bottles and it looks nice in the garden. Thanks so much for coming by I appreciate it.


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slackermom 4 years ago from Attapulgus GA

Great use of bottles. I see a lot of pretty bottles but didn't know what to with them because I didn't want them all around the house. I will now have a purpose for all the bottles I keep passing up at yard sales and consignment shops plus I have several beer and wine drinking friends so I should have plenty in no time. Nice hub.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

iguidenetwork, Thank you glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks so much for leaving a comment.


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iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

It's beautiful and practical at the same time. I like your ideas! Thanks for sharing them :D


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

tigresosal, Thank you for stopping by. Your welcome I'm glad you liked the hub. I appreciate your comment.


tigresosal 4 years ago

Hi moonlake, this seems to be a fantastic idea even for indoors. I shall imitate some of the ideas and teach my son how to do it. Thanks a lot for sharing this.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

mvillecat, I bet the mini bottle tree is cute. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Scribenet, You learn something new everyday right? Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Debby Bruck, Thank you. Me to I would have to get that picture. Thanks so much for stopping back by.


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mvillecat 4 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

My husband made a mini tree for one of my raised beds this summer. I never knew the history behind it. Great hub.


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Scribenet 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

An interesting concept. I have never heard of bottle trees...which goes to show, there is always something "new" to discover!


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Moonlake ~ I was here when you started this hub and have returned because I thought of you. But, I must say, yours are the most spectacular. I would have to sneak up to take a photo of the one I saw in the neighborhood garden. (HUGS) Debby


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Debby Bruck, They are showing up more and more I think. My daughter has been trying to get a picture of one near her but every time she tries. Someone is standing outside looking at it. I appreciate you coming by and leaving a comment.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

kiddiecreations, You can always put a small on a deck or in the house. Thank you so much for stopping by glad you enjoyed the hub.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Green Art, My favorite is also the red and blue. Thank you so much for stopping by.


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Hello. I finally saw my first real life bottle tree when I went on a neighborhood walk. I see why you love them. Blessings, Debby


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kiddiecreations 4 years ago

The bottle trees are beautiful and look like so much fun! If I had a garden, I would definitely want to make one. Thanks for showing us how it's done and providing plenty of gorgeous pics as well!


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Green Art 4 years ago

This is so interesting! I'd never heard of bottle trees until I read this hub. The blue and red ones pictured here are my favorite. I do like the multicolor bottle trees as well. Voted Up and interesting.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Eric Prado, Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate it. Philadelphia must be a place for bottle trees. My cousin lives there and she said there was a blue bottlea tree down the street from her. Thank you for the voted.


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Eric Prado 4 years ago from Webster, Texas

Awesome hub! I remember when I was still living in Philadelphia and I'd spend time in my friend's garden, when the light hit his blue bottle tree at just the right time in the morning, it would illuminate brilliant shades of blue and it was so beautiful. Great hub! Voted up, awesome, and interesting! =)


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

FullOfLoveSites, Glad you liked the hub. I really like my bottle tree it looks pretty when the sun hits it and shines through the bottles.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

vibesites, Thank you for stopping by. You can just keep adding bottles to it until it is completely full with no space in between each bottle.


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FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

Cute bottle trees! I couldn't imagine bottles as wonderful additions to gardens... but wow! Thanks for the great hub. :)


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vibesites 4 years ago from United States

very cool hub! It shows how pieces of junk will be turned into beautiful masterpieces such as that. :)


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Esmeowl12, Thank you for stopping by. I have morning glories growing up my tree now. They aren't doing real well so I'm going to find a different vine to grow up it. I think it will be pretty with the bottles showing through. Thanks for leaving a comment.


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Esmeowl12 4 years ago from Sevierville, TN

I've seen a few bottle trees around and have always liked them. I don't know why I never thought of making one myself. It's now on my list! Thanks for all the info.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

tammyswallow, Thank you for stopping by. I love my tree. It is a great way to recycle and the thing is you don't have to have just put one in the garden you can put more than one. Thanks for sharing.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This is just gorgeous. I have never seen this before. Great way to recycle and stay green. Sharing!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

belleart, We see bottle trees down south but we are starting to see them up here now. I have two blue bottles I need to add to mine. Thanks so much for stopping by my hub.


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belleart 4 years ago from Ireland

Oh my god! I love this idea. We always have so many bottles lying around so i am definitely going to try this. :)


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Om Paramapoonya, I like my bottle tree it's just kind of fun to add the bottles to it. The kids and friends will call and say they have a neat bottle for my bottle tree. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

Lovely hub! I like all these colorful bottle trees. The idea of hanging jars on the trees is pretty neat, too.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

LetitiaFT, Thank you, so glad you liked it and thanks for stopping by I appreicate it.


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LetitiaFT 4 years ago from Paris via California

I love this idea! I live in an apartment but am hoping to have a yard again soon and I will definitely do this. How beautiful. Good luck on finishing your tree.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

johnr54, Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. We still have to finish our tree. There is so much room on it for more bottles.


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johnr54 4 years ago from Texas

I love this hub!!! I have a bottle tree and love the way it looks at varying times of the day. Now I know that it will help ward off evil spirits! I also collect bottles on my windowsill and have started to edge an area off using upside down bottles. I also love sea glass which a lot of from bottles as such. Thanks!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

cclitgirl,

Thank you, Part of the fun of having a bottle tree is the search for the right bottles. I found some odd colors at Goodwill.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

This hub is awesome! I love recycling and finding new uses for things. I've thought of a bottle tree before, but never actually carried out the idea. You are amazing! :)


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Debby Bruck,

I will put pictures on if I can get them to grow up the tree. I need to get out there to take some more pictures I do have more bottles on it.

Thanks for the twitt is that what you call it?


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Hi MoonLake - Please post photos of the lovely morning glories on your Spring Tree. I sent this Hubpages out into the twittersphere so that hundreds of thousands of other people can read, admire and learn. Twitter / @DebbyBruck: Did you ever hear of a bottle tree? http://bit.ly/w2UseF


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Debby Bruck,

The reason I like them is because of the story behind them. They are so pretty. I don't think of them as taking the place of a real tree. I'm going to try and get morning glories to grow up the tree in the Spring.

Thanks so much for leaving a comment.


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

MoonLake ~ #OMG -- Now I really love these bottle trees. You learn something new every day. The beautiful video reminded me of Calder's Mobiles. Now I can see why you really love these colorful trees. Actually, glass is one of my favorite loves. If I wasn't trying to clean everything out I might just try my hand at one of these and maybe they would shoo away the birds from the garden! Blessings, Debby


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

homesteadpatch,

Thanks for stopping by. We just added a few more bottles to our tree and I have three cleaned ones ready to go on. People are starting to find out about it and are bringing bottles to me.


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homesteadpatch 4 years ago from Michigan

Really interesting and unique. A bottle tree would look awesome in our herb garden.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

kikalina,

Thank you, and thanks for visiting my hub.


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kikalina 4 years ago from Europe

Awesome hub. THose are amazing trees.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

arusho,

Thanks for stopping by. I have enough bottles for starting my tree. Thinking about getting done this year my husband wants to wait till next Spring.


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arusho 4 years ago from University Place, Wa.

Wow, this is so cool. It's like art and nature!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

The Dirt Farmer,

Thank you, for stopping by my hub. Glad you enjoyed it.


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The Dirt Farmer 4 years ago from Maryland

Oh my, I've got to start collecting bottles. Each of these trees is so unique--and I love the concept's origin. Great hub!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

princesswithapen,

Thanks, for stopping by and leaving a comment on my hub. I have a dead post from an old tree by my drive-way and one of my gardens I would like to put my bottle tree there but I would embarrass my son if I did that. He wouldn't want any of his friends to see it.


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princesswithapen 4 years ago

Hi Moonlake

The very first picture of the colorful bottle tree caught my eye. I think this is a great backyard idea and might even get around to making one for my own! Thanks for sharing this awesome hub.

Princesswithapen


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

GusTheRedneck,

Thanks for stopping by and for the ideas. The vingar thing sounds like fun to do. Will have to try it.

I remember the etching, there use to be kits for sale. Some friends of ours still have an etched design on their window that they did long ago.


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GusTheRedneck 4 years ago from USA

Hi - I,m back again...

Did the vinegar + color thing in a small glass jar. Heated the stuff for a few seconds in the microwave and let it sit - now about 10 minutes - and it is picking up a pretty blue color. Used Paas (brand) easter egg coloring tablets...

Gus :-)))


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GusTheRedneck 4 years ago from USA

Hi Moonlake - Enjoyed this article. Thanks.

Thinking back a time or two :) I recall messing around with glass etching when I was in school. As I recollect, I put a design onto a piece of glass using wax (grease would have worked I'm thinking) and then set the glass on top of a ceramic bowl that contained some hydrofluoric acid. The fumes from the acid frosted the glass where it was not coated and the result was a frosted design on the glass when I removed the wax pattern. That hydrofluoric acid is rough stuff, so read up on its use before you mess with it.

Many years later I used another strong acid that prepped plastics and silicates (much like glass) to accept aniline dies (many different colors - and some are like the food colors you use in dying eggs for the Easter bunny...). Just for the fun of it, and to keep everyone nice and safe... I would suggest filling a clean glass bottle with vinegar and letting it hang around for a while. Then, I'd drain the bottle of all but about 10% or the vinegar, add some food coloring (probably a lot of it) and fill the bottle to the top with distilled water that you can buy to drink (bottled water - but not mineral water or spring water). After that I'd let it hang around some more before pouring the contents out (maybe for re-use in the next bottle) to see how it worked out. This may take some experimenting, but at least it will be low cost. May work well for a multi-color bottle tree without spending tons of time and gasoline money trying to find already colored bottles.

If it works with coloring the bottles, the colors might last a good while because, upside-down, the bottles will not fill up with rain water.

Let me know what happens...

Gus :-)))


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

alphagirl,

Thanks for comment I also love the way they look.


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alphagirl 4 years ago from USA

That is sooo cool. I love the texture and funky shape.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Oh, I love whirligigs too. Thanks so much for checking out my bottle tree hub.


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stephaniedas 4 years ago from Miami, US

What a beautiful piece of folk art! When I buy my house, I want to have a bottle tree and whirligigs!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

thoughtforce, Thanks you for stopping by. I think their nice additions to a garden not sure of the way up north people here will know what I'm doing. I have never seen one here.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

What a great idea, from now on I will also collect bottles! I love the blue bottle tree, it will look great as an installation in the garden and if it prevent illness it is even better:) I have seen glass jars in trees but never like this when the bottles are the "tree". Thanks for this wonderful idea and it very timely too, because I know my neighbour is about to throw away her old glass bottles that she used for homemade lemonade. Voted up,

Tina


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Cheryl J., Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I'm still collecting bottles got a pretty light green yesterday.


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Cheryl J. 4 years ago from Houston, TX

So amazing and interesting. Never heard of bottle trees. I did not know that bottle trees were part of history instead of junk decorations. Great hub.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Dolores Monet, Thanks for comment. Don't you hate cleaning binges then being sorry for what you threw away. Every time I watch Hoaders on tv I start throwing things away.


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Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

I love bottle trees and love the pretty blue and green glass. I was saving up some blue bottles then got rid of them on a clean out binge. Sorry I did. Your pictures are beautiful!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

I think they are cool too. When one shows up in my garden they may not think that around here they may look at as dumb. Oh, well.

thelyricwriter, thank you, for stopping by and for the up vote.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Very well written and what a cool little project. Looks like you could even sell something like that. They do look really awesome. Very creative and a great way to use them. Voted up and awesome.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

TheListLady, Good luck on your move South and collecting your bottles. Bars throw away great bottles each and everyday so if you know anyone that has a bar you can get lots of your colors there.

Thank you, for stopping by and for the up vote.


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TheListLady 4 years ago from New York City

Oh my gosh I want this I want this I want this. What an amazing and informative hub you have created. I love the history here and the photos too. As I plan my move South and my lovely garden - there will definitely be bottle trees. I can start the collecting now.

Bookmarked to share and of course rated up and more. Yay!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Fennelseed, Thank you for stopping by and for the up vote. It seems like when making a bottle tree people are using all sizes and shapes. My kids have brought bottles over to me and a friend said she had a some blue bottles for me. So I'm excited to get my tree done.


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

I have also never heard of a bottle tree, but am inspired now to create one for my garden. I will definitely be on the look out for coloured bottles, but like you would like to come upon them over time, that way each bottle will come with a story, rather than just buy them all at a store. I love this idea, thank you Moonlake, my votes to you for this wonderful hub:)


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

manthy,Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment and an up vote.


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manthy 4 years ago from Alabama,USA

Cool hub and I loved the photo's, I think I may make a tree in my garden next year..just for looks

Voted up and awesome


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

JamaGenee, I still put blue bottles on my window sill in my pantry. Thanks, for stopping by and reading my hub.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Movie Master, Thank you for leaving a comment. I will be out there looking for the red bottle. I would also like to get a yellow one, don't think have one yet.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Peggy W, Thank you and thanks for stopping by and giving me an up vote.


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JamaGenee 4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

I wasn't aware of bottle trees, either. Marvelous! Beautiful! I did, however, once have a couple of blue bottles that I set on a window sill to catch the morning light. ;D


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi moonlake, what a fantastic idea, I have never heard of a bottle tree, but like you I would have to make one rather that buy one!

I start looking for bottles tomorrow!

thank you for sharing, voting up. Best wishes MM


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I had no idea of the history of bottle trees. Interesting!!! I have a cousin in Illinois that hangs pretty glass bottles in his trees. I'll send this to him in case he is also interested in the history and did not know this but just used them for the decorative effects. He has a real flair for decorating his home both inside and out. Thanks. Voted up, interesting and useful.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

JayeWisdom, I also think the indoor one is so pretty. I didn't realize they used Milk of Magnesia bottles but why not. No one wanted to throw away that blue color bottle Milk of Magnesia came in. I will let you know when I find a red bottle and thanks for stopping by and checking out my hub.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Gyspy Rose Lee that sounds like that would work out just right for a bottle tree. Thanks, for stopping by and leaving comment.


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

Growing up in the deep south (Mississippi), I'm well acquainted with bottle trees. The ones I saw most in my childhood (ages ago!) usually had blue Milk of Magnesia bottles.

Actually, I love the photo of the metal indoor bottle tree in front of a window. I would like something like that on a smaller scale, except I know the bottles would quickly collect dust and need washing frequently. Perhaps a very small scale indoor bottle tree that could sit on my grandma's antique marble-topped table in front of the bay window would work. You've given me an idea, and I already have several pretty colored bottles. Let me know where you find that red one...okay?

Enjoyed!

Jaye


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Thanks for this hub! Great info and ideas. I have a sawed off tree in the backyard which looks like a sculpture and I was thinking of what to do with it. Now I will wait till next spring, collect bottles and try to create a bottle tree.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

mary615 thanks for stopping. I have never seen the bottles lining walk ways. I was out in my yard today looking around trying to figure out where to put my tree. I already have some post in the yard I could use for the tree instead of using an old tree branch.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I love this idea. When I was in Costa Rica, I noticed a lot of these. Also, they use cut off bottles to line walk ways. The bottom of the bottle is up so it's very smooth.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

SusieQ42 Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I thank they look so nice in a garden.


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SusieQ42 4 years ago from Lakeland, FL

I love this idea! I've not heard of it before, but would love to try it. Maybe it's time I started collecting bottles. Thanks for the useful, interesting info. God bless.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

I really never thought of antique shops. That would be a good place to look..I also thought maybe places like Hobby Lobby might have them. I have one in my kitchen that I bought at a yard sale but I want to keep it in my kitchen.

Thanks writer20, for stopping by and leaving comment.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Great hub. I have ruby red bottles that can be found in

antique shops there's also cranberry red. The ruby ones are in my collection of other ruby red glass canisters ect.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

diogenes, thanks for stopping by. Your so right they don't need watering. I guess I remember my grandmother's garden she always put pretty little tinkling items in her garden.


diogenes 4 years ago

Just saw a segment on the bottle tree place on Route 66, quite a character (Long). They have their place I suppose and make a nice tinkling sound in the wind...don't need watering either. Bob

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