So, I’ve seen strange items in front yards around town that are used to display empty glass bottles. I mean this is Austin after all. Then, I went to the yard art show at the Lady Bird Wildflower Center and saw a bottle tree there. It was AMAZING. I had to have one. In fact, I knew way back in August that I needed this for my front yard.
Needless to say, I didn’t really have the proper tools to execute such a large project on my own. Luckily for me, I know some people that do. Recently, my father-in-law toted down his welder and torch from Fort Worth so that we could make my bottle tree and I could have the most “Austin-y” yard on my street.
We made the tree out of rebar on Saturday, and even took a break to attend the Circle Brewing grand opening party.
We cut a thick piece of rebar in half to act as the main trunk and then cut the thin pieces of rebar to varying lengths to make the branches. And of course by “we” I mean my father-in-law. He also heated up the rebar so that I could bend it and he welded all the pieces together.
Welding and torch setup:
Bending some branches on the tree:
Cutting branches in action:
A certain husband had to hold up the bottle tree for quite a while once it got unweildy:
The following day, they set the main trunk piece in some concrete in the front yard amongst our cedar trees:
After the concrete had some time to set, I added the bottles I’ve collected for it so far.
My bike basks in the shade of the bottle tree:
Try to ignore our messy garage in the background and what appears to be dead grass everywhere:
And finally, a close up:
Yep, it’s awesome. I’ve got room to grow as I get more bottles.
A HUGE thanks to my father-in-law and husband for humoring me and creating a bottle tree for me!