Jan’s Beautiful Bottle Tree

A while back I shared some images of a bottle tree I had purchased at the Ballard Designs store in Atlanta.  It was on sale, marked down from $349 to $60.


I’ve gradually been adding a few bottles to it, including the glass float ball you see on the top. It’s still a bit naked…a work in progress.


While in Savannah on vacation a couple of months back, I told my friend, Jan, all about my recent foray into the bottle tree world. That somehow sounds a little weird doesn’t it…maybe I should rephrase that. lol

Jan is an avid gardener and has a gorgeous garden.  She decided right on the spot to add a bottle tree to her landscape, too.  We called Ballard Designs while sitting inside The Breakfast Club on Tybee Island and Jan bought her bottle tree right over the phone.


Upon returning home Jan got right to work.  In no time she had turned her bottle tree into a beautiful piece of garden art.  This is what my tree will look like when it grows up. πŸ˜‰


Isn’t it wonderful?!!!


You can read more about bottle trees and see the tree that started my bottle tree fever in this post HERE.

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  1. Richard Cottrell says

    I had one when I had my cottage. I found myself buying wine because of the color of the bottle. I think they are fun, especially in the garden, I know you can hardly wait while it grows up. Thanks for sharing. RC and S at My Old Historic House

  2. Barbara F. says

    That is so cool and a very unique element to a yard or porch. Would it withstand strong winds, or would it have to be moved? xo,

  3. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Barbara…so far, so good. πŸ™‚
    It's pretty heavy (even without bottles) so I think it would take something pretty catastrophic to turn it over.

  4. Southerncook says

    I have recently given thought to a bottle tree in my own garden. The nursery that I most often frequent have several and I am very tempted especially after reading your post. Such an interesting conversation piece in the garden.

    Here is just a little something I read recently about their origin but I did go back and take a look at your original post.

    "Slaves from the Congo in Africa brought the idea of the traditional bottle trees — live trees with colored bottles on the ends of branches — into this country. Bottle trees protected the homes from evil spirits by trapping spirits inside the bottles, where they could do no harm".

    I think I need to make yet another trip to the nursery.

    Carolyn/A Sooutherners Notebook

  5. Ann On and On... says

    Perhaps…it's another reason to enjoy a beautiful bottle of wine. πŸ™‚

    **I was wondering if you could help me find your post on Laguiole knives.
    amerskine at hotmail dot com

  6. Sizzle and Zoom says

    This a pretty and unique outdoor decoration.

  7. Sue (Someone's Mom) says

    I've never seen one of these! I'm a bit stunned at all of the beautiful colors of the bottles. How cool are these!

  8. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    ann, here's the post. Someone emailed me later and said the knives from Marshalls aren't the "real" Laguiole knives. I still loved them, though. πŸ™‚ http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/2009/04/christmas-shopping-in-april.html

  9. Had not seen one before, but I love what you two gals are doing.
    Have a lovely week ~
    TTFN ~

  10. Days at Buttermilk Cottage says

    We have an informal bottle tree in our garden at Buttermilk Cottage. It's made of of blue bottles on decorative stakes (repurposed slats from a baby crib). Perfect for a cottage garden!

  11. Tardevil says

    Just wondering if you could hang glass insulators from the top row for added color, or would they fall?

  12. Nayana Donga says

    never saw it before, how cool is this. stunning.

  13. I bought a bottle tree that's more vertical from Gardener's Supply (no affiliation). It's basically rebar with about a dozen spokes out of it and I love it. I also found some inexpensive ($5) colored glass bottles at Marshalls to supplement my wine bottles. The bottle tree really adds much welcome color to my garden here in the Pacific Northwest!

  14. You got me hooked on wine =) I mean wine BOTTLES and I bought myself a very small bottle tree at the Virginia Beach Home and Garden Show back in the spring. I will have to send you a picture. Mine looks like a baby tree compaired to your tree and Jan's but I am enjoying it very much. Thank you for the idea!

  15. FABBY'S LIVING says

    This is so pretty and very unusual. I would love this idea come Xmas, with green and red bottles!! Love, FABBY

  16. FABBY'S LIVING says

    Oh, oh!, I forgot, with lights inside the bottles…they will look terrific at night, like a tree, around a snowed garden! Hugs,

  17. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Fabby, that would be beautiful!

  18. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Penny, I love the idea of the insulators!

  19. biggest one that I have ever seen. You really go a steal of a deal on it too.

  20. bammajan10 says

    Funny that this is today's post…since I signed on to tell you about a book I'm reading.
    Karen White writes wonderful books set in the south and On Folly Beach has a character who makes and sells bottle trees! I immediately thought of you, Susan.
    Give this author a try, you'll like her.

  21. bammajan10 says

    oops, forgot to say – I wonder how a clear bottle would look with some paint swirled around inside? A couple of different colors just dripped in twirled around could be interesting.
    Jan (who wants a bottle tree, but lives in the Windy City)

  22. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Jan, I wonder if the author had Stephanie Dwyer in mind. She's a bottle tree maker in MS…google her name…I think she has a website.
    These bottle trees are pretty heavy…maybe the bottles would hold up in the wind. πŸ™‚
    Love the paint swirl idea! πŸ™‚

  23. Graceful Moments says

    Very pretty…yours is coming along very nicely! – Vicki

  24. I never heard of these until your first post a while back when you happily acquired your tree. I am impressed with Jan's progress.
    What I am wondering is: where do all the colored bottles come from? Here, in Oregon, it seems that all our wine bottles are olive green or brown with a very few blue (Bridgeport). Jan's has purple and red and all different hues, and even more, has bottles with pretty patterns in the glass. Where/what do those come from? [I read your linked sites and saw the picture of the pathetic "Portland, Oregon" tree: two clear salad oil bottles and one brown. That's what I'm talkin' about!]
    Is there any stigma attached to the bottle tree's success, like 'the biggest drinker has the best tree'? In my student days, beer cans were stacked in dorm windows as some sort of trophy…I wouldn't want that look…
    I do have a box of colored glass insulators in my basement; I saw a picture using those as a tree…

  25. This is spectacular .. can't wait to see as your's evolves and grows too!! I want to add a bottle tree to our garden too!!! xo HHL

  26. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Hollace, I started collecting mine a year before I found the tree, so I already had almost all the ones that are on my tree. A lot of drinks come in pretty bottles. I found some sparkling water at Trader Joes in really pretty green bottles.
    Jan has been collecting them for a while, a few were gifts and she bought several on Etsy and at Pier 1. Just check on Etsy and you can find them. One of the one's on my bottle tree came from Hobby Lobby…they have a great bottle selection. Also, check recycling places…that's a tip a reader shared with me on a previous post.

  27. Susan S. says

    You got an awesome deal on that bottle dryer. My neighbor looked for one for months and finally got one for, I want to say, about $125. Keep drinking wine to fill it up! πŸ™‚

  28. "Blossom" says

    My husband and I own a sheet metal company and I showed him your bottle tree. He maded the bottle tree and just sent it out to have it powered coated! I will send you a photo in a couple of weeks when I get it back. It looks awesome.

  29. Thanks for your speedy answer! My eyes will be opened to bottles now and I may have to stop myself from dumpster diving!
    I enjoy your blog very much, don't know how you can keep 'em coming so fast.

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  31. Delores McElmurry says

    I’m a very active 82 yr. old gal that would love to have a bottle tree. Is there some easy way I can make one that doesn’t cost a fortune? I didn’t know you could purchase these at a nursery. I’ll have to look around. I just found your blog and love it. Thanks.

    • Thanks, Delores! I had never seen one until I came across the one like Jan and I bought at Ballard Designs. They can be a bit expensive. There are places that sell them online, but have no idea how they would ship them, unless they assemble once they arrive. Google Bottle Trees and maybe one of the places that makes them will be near you. If not, you may want to check with your local nurseries to see if they can get one for you. I was shocked to see them in the Ballard Designs outlet. Maybe Ballard Designs will have them online this spring/summer…worth checking to see.

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