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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Bottle Tree Lore

The story of the bottle tree is that African slaves from the Congo brought the idea for the bottle tree to the United States. The bottles trap evil spirits in them and keep them from entering your home. We have this bottle tree out by our fire pit hosting the "evil spirits". This was another of my ideas for DH to do. He used a dead red cedar tree; drilled holes in it; placed cut pieces of re-bar in those for the bottles to rest on. Many friends and my kids have added pretty bottles to the tree. A fun source of conversation when people are visiting the yard.


Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Pammiejo,
I've been wanting a bottle tree! Love yours.

Thanks for the story...didn't know this.

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Neat bottle tree. Someday, I'm going to make one.

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a fun tree!

My Crafty Little Page said...

Love that wacky bottle tree, Pammiejo. I am all for the evil spirits staying out of my house! Perfect song to go with it also.
So glad you stopped by and shared a trip down memory lane. I guess my kids have "mall" memories but how I loved Main Street! :)Nancy

Eleanor said...

Well, that is certainly something that I learnt today. Here we have a bottle brush tree that is in blossom now in the spring. It sports large red flowers that just look like bottle brushes!

Susan (Moonlight and Magnolias on RMS) said...

Love, Love, Love your bottle tree. I've been wanting to do one of those forever. Thanks for explaining the history behind it...I never knew that part. :-) Susan