I have always wanted a bottle tree. Goodness knows I already have plenty of bottles! So when I spotted short pieces of rebar at a yard sale for 25 cents each, I bought a box full. My son, who I always enlist to help me with projects, said he'd help me build it. We thought about adding the rebar to a 4 x 4. Then my son said that he thought it would be cool to use a fallen tree and add it to that. But, we'd still have to find a way to make it stand. So, I figured that we might as well use a real tree. I picked a sweet gum tree at the edge of the woods.
We drilled holes right into the tree...
I hate sweet gum trees! They are like kudzu around here sprouting up everywhere! Plus, their little gum balls drop and make such a mess. So, I figured if it kills the tree to drill into it, that's okay!
We inserted the rebar into the holes and gave them a little pounding with a hammer.
I was impatient and started adding bottles before we had all the rebar in place...
The bottles fit perfectly onto the rebar...
I failed to mention that we did this on Mother's Day.
It was the perfect gift!
We will continue to add to the bottle tree over time (if it survives). We may need a taller ladder!
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