I realized I never addressed on this blog my reason for building a Christmas tree. You see, I'm allergic to real trees and artificial trees...and the paint covering the lights..... actually, I'm allergic to EVERYTHING. Its called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, and I'm pretty much a prisoner in my bubble of a home. But it leaves me lots of time to craft, (with non toxic supplies.)
For the wine bottle tree, 25 of the bottles were mine, saved for over a year. The rest came from neighbors recycling bins and a wine bar near my home. The center post was picked up curbside from a neighbors trash; the dowel rods I had to purchase. My husband drilled all the holes for me, and my daughter helped me with de-labeling the bottles, so it was a family project.
I'm pretty pleased with the results, and as all my friends who have come to see the tree in have told me, pictures don't do it justice, its much prettier in person.