Garden Art forum: My bottle wall

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Name: Cheryl
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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Smokymist
Jul 11, 2017 11:12 PM CST
We love color in the garden, and not always from blooms...my son, daughter and I ( they are in their 20's and we all live and garden together ), would collect wine bottles every time we took our recyclables off to the recycling center. I wanted a wall of bottles out in the garden area, so this is what I got..I love it. Smiling
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vic
Jul 12, 2017 3:35 AM CST

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Welcome! Welcome! Cheryl - LOVE your bottle wall and all the color too! Thank you for sharing with us! Thumbs up
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plantladylin
Jul 12, 2017 8:58 AM CST
That is beautiful and I can only imagine how much prettier it is when the colored glass catches the sun! I wanted to do a bottle tree years ago but never got around to it.
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jul 12, 2017 12:12 PM CST
I absolutely love your bottle walls, Cheryl! I want to do that. How did you make the holes in the bottle bottoms to string them on the rebar? I'd love some simple instructions!

I'm making a blue bottle tree, but having a hard time finding enough blue bottles. Our landfill doesn't recycle bottles anymore, and not many types of booze come in blue bottles. So far I've just found one type of Reisling wine in the blue.
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daylilydreams
Jul 12, 2017 4:59 PM CST
@plantmanager Karen we made a blue bottle tree years ago at that time riesling wine came in blue bottles. Ours is in graduated sizes large bottles on the bottom tier then regular size in the middle ending up with small bottles that were sold in four packs for the top tier. My DH made the tree out of metal it is very strong and has been in place for years, still looks good and not a bottle has broken thru all the weather can dish out year round.
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Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
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plantmanager
Jul 12, 2017 5:01 PM CST
That is a great idea to have the large, medium and small bottles. I haven't looked to see if there are still small ones like that. My husband did weld up an all metal tree, and it has been through all types of weather with no real problem. It wasn't cemented into the ground, so one storm blew it over, but no bottles broke.
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McCannon
Jul 13, 2017 6:59 PM CST
@Smokymist Your project is inspiring Thumbs up .
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Name: Cheryl
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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Smokymist
Jul 20, 2017 6:57 PM CST
I didn't even realize I'd had anyone comment on my bottle wall lol. It WAS really hard finding the blue bottles...we checked every time we took recyclables off, and just found one or two as compared to the many others. When we'd find a light blue bottle it was like striking gold ! the little small blue bottles, we think were some kind of beer bottle. We bought a drill bit at Home Depot, and I admit it was $30, but my son , wearing goggles, drilled the holes in the bottoms of the bottles to where they would just slide right over the rebar.
Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
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McCannon
Jul 20, 2017 7:04 PM CST
@Smokymist, Cheryl, I love one of a kind projects and things you can't buy at the local Wally store. I'd say your efforts were well with the cost.
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Name: Cheryl
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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Smokymist
Jul 20, 2017 7:41 PM CST
thank you, and in my mind, we now have a nifty drill bit that we can use for other projects !
Name: Susan B
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lakesidecallas
Aug 16, 2017 2:34 PM CST
Very creative and artistic, Cheryl! Good job!
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pdermer1x
Apr 19, 2018 5:55 AM CST
@smokymist - LOVE the bottle wall! If I were ambitious, I'd start one. I've got friends with wineries so I could have an endless supply of bottles (bummer -- I don't drink any more, as one sip and I fall asleep!). Lovey dubby

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