pretty crafty: bottle tree

bottree

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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