Bottle trees are said to protect one’s home and garden. Folklore tells us the colorful glass lures harmful spirits into the bottles where they’re trapped until morning’s bright light de-demonizes them. Bottle trees are also alleged to make the harvest more bountiful and bring overall good luck.
I was thrilled when Sam offered to make a custom crafted bottle tree. I might have nagged him into it… .
He modeled the branches on an oak tree, angled upwards to ensure all those demon-catching bottles don’t fall off.
Meanwhile, I’ve been helping out by drinking wine. Well, I haven’t been able to drink all 30 bottles the tree can hold so I’ve collected bottles from others. (Thank you to my fellow drinkers.)
We’re still about eight bottles short of the goal, so I guess we’ll be popping a few more corks for art’s sake.
Being me, I don’t want to stop at simply inverting bottles on the branches. I’d also like to collect tiny clear or colored bottles with tight-fitting lids. (Save me some if you can!) I want to write poems or sayings on pieces of paper, then curl those papers into the little bottles, and hang them from the tree on strings. Perhaps that’ll lure benevolent spirits.
Without further ado, here it is.