Now’s the time to do two things easily: shop clearance for purple, green, and gold ornaments to make a Mardi Gras wreath
…and use a discarded live Christmas tree to upcycle and make your own bottle tree
Av and I decided that this was the perfect time to make our bottle tree. We figured that right after Christmas, when our neighbors were putting their trees on the curb, we would take one and use it (after all, Christmas trees are manageable-size trees, with many limbs – perfect for bottle-hanging!) for our project.
We laughed when we wondered what on earth our friends would think if they saw Av picking up a Christmas tree in early January and bringing it back to our house! Now, that would be hard to explain! 🙂
(above:) Av brought the tree over to the yard….
We’re really wild about the bottle tree – it’s in the side yard, where we plant the garden each year, and we can see it from the dining room window, which is a plus too. I know they’re not for everyone, but they’re a big part of traditional Southern folklore, and I love it when we’re driving around and see them in other people’s yards. BTW, Eudora Welty took pictures of them when she was doing WPA work, and mentioned them in her short story, Livvie.