Vintage Bottle Tree

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Today I want to share a fun project with you – a vintage bottle tree.  I first saw one on vacation this summer and I was so smitten by them.  Then, after doing a little bit of research, I discovered that they are a southern tradition for capturing evil spirits.  I figure, if it looks pretty and keeps away evil spirits, you can’t go wrong.

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This summer, we also did a MAJOR purge and organization of our garage and basement.  As a result, all of my vintage bottle were in one place.  After seeing how many pretty aqua bottles I had, I decided to put a little different spin on the traditional bottle tree and do it in all aqua.

I also love this project because it gets the bottles out of a cabinet and being displayed.  So many of them have such great character and the colors are so beautiful.

 

Vintage-Bottles

 

This project was super easy as well, it only took us about 30 minutes to put together.

Start with your base.  Strangely, we already had this from a project we never used it for.  It is just a fence post with four shelf brackets attached at the base for stability.

 

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Just drill a pilot hole and drill in at an angle to attach the brackets.  This is stained, but that is a personal choice.

 

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For each bottle, you need to drill a large pilot hole.

 

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Then hammer in a large nail.

 

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Then continue drilling holes in a random pattern and adding nails.  This bottle tree currently holds 24 bottles.  But I will continue to add to it over time, just adding more large nails for each bottle.

 

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Then I sprayed the whole thing out with white spray paint.  I didn’t go for a perfect finish because I wanted it to look somewhat rustic.

 

Bottle-Tree-Aqua

 

Then, simply add your bottles.  There really are no rules – you can  use either all of the same of a good mix of sizes.  I did mine in all of the same color palette, but you could do a mix of colors, clear, whatever works for your taste.

 

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Right now I have mine in a new little sitting area we are working on, but I plan to bring it into our garden at some point.  It will be color in the yard year round – imagine the blues with snow!  And I plan on adding little white lights to it at Christmas time as well.  And as find new aqua bottles, I will add them.  I will love it even more when it is overflowing with bottles to catch the light.

 

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So there you have it, a simple, inexpensive repurposing project!  If you would like to see some of my other projects, you can visit here.

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Thanks so much for reading and have a great day!

Take care,

Laura

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  1. I must ask where the chair is from! If its not something that is currently available, what do you think you would call the “style”?