Bottle Tree is Planted!

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.

bottle tree, Bit of Earth Farm,

Custom bottle tree by Sam Weldon.


About Laura Grace Weldon

Laura Grace Weldon is the author of four books and served as 2019 Ohio Poet of the Year. She's the editor of Braided Way: Faces & Voices of Spiritual Practice. She works as a book editor, teaches writing workshops, and maxes out her library card each week.
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11 Responses to Bottle Tree is Planted!

  1. katechiconi says:

    Elegant! The evil spirits don’t stand a chance. The blue glass is especially attractive, but I guess the contents weren’t quite as interesting as the green and clear ones…?

  2. katechiconi says:

    Shame I’m so far away. I have a pretty amethyst coloured bottle and another one that’s a beautiful aqua – Bombay Sapphire gin, and it’s engraved with botanical illustrations, so might help with the garden protection. But the best one is clear, and has a frosted transfer print of an under-sea scene from the Great Barrier Reef. Wish I could get them to you without breaking the bank, but it’s just not practical.

  3. Bill says:

    I would like to have a bottle tree on those terms: a skilled artist creates the tree, I empty the wine bottles. 🙂

  4. Butterscotch Grove says:

    Love it…might steal it! (The idea, that is…we are a bit far away for actually pilfering!)

    • Steal away. I have quite a collection of bottle tree ideas on Pinterest although I’m happy to say Sam designed his own.

      As for actual stealing, not happening. The tree here is pounded over 4 feet into our clay soil. It’s staying. (And it’s guarded by an attack poodle.)

  5. Margaret says:

    What fun! And I don’t just mean the wine-drinking part, although I’m always glad to help with that!
    And I love the little-bottle-with-message-inside idea. Thanks for sharing, and huzzah Sam!

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