pretty crafty: bottle tree


My husband’s fond memories of his youth in South Carolina include the colorful bottle trees that are part of the Gullah culture of Daufuskie Island. Originally intended as a way to capture evil spirits before they could enter a home, bottle trees have since evolved into creations that can add a bit of color and whimsy to any garden. Though the original versions were made from actual trees, you can make a simple yet gorgeous bottle tree for your own garden this spring using a post and rebar — like the beauty above featured at Digging. (If you’re not feeling so handy, readymade versions are also out there.) –Mary T.

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You can see a beautiful example of a bottle-tree-filled yard (and I mean FILLED) in the movie “Because of Winn-Dixie.”

Megan B

I saw one of these in a yard down in the Seattle neighborhood of Georgetown. I had NO idea there was a cultural significance to them….

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