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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.
History of the Bottle tree.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Instructions On Making A Bottle Tree.
Items needed to make your tree:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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