My bottle 'sun' or 'star'

Ursula Owens
by Ursula Owens
6 Materials
2 Hours
My bottle 'sun' or 'star', depending on what time of day it 4 garden, no breakage problems, buried in sand. Recycled wine, beer, and liquor bottles:)
Bottle 'sun' in my gazebo in the center of my veggie garden. Zone 4, no breakage...has been buried for a couple of years. Old grind stone in the center.
First I chose the spot in the center of the new garden. I laid out the 'point', then dug the bottle in upside down...whole. I had an old grindstone that I used for the center. I used a post hole digger, shovel, and rubber mallet.
The bottles all can easily make adjustments in the sandy soil. I used a 2" by 4" and a level to get the bottles aligned to the same height.
I filled with sand to bring the ground level up to where I wanted it...just and inch or so from the top of the bottles.
I spread pea gravel on top to finish the sun off.
This summer I added a 'door mat'!
Here is the final view. The bottle sun is under the pergola (which has been taken over by hops!).
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  • Pat Acosta Pat Acosta on Nov 05, 2018

    How can I camouflage a double pane window that has white residue , unable to replace at this time.

  • Pat Beakley Pat Beakley on Nov 05, 2018

    Do you fill your bottles with sand before burying to equalize pressure to keep from breaking? Really like the idea.

  • Chris Sandbeck Chris Sandbeck on Nov 30, 2018

    I live in mud country, not how this would work or if it would work as mud has no give and take. Could add sand to soil.

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  • Joanie Joanie on Aug 15, 2020

    You've got quite a little, peaceful area behind the gates. Love the privacy. Enjoy!

  • Aisha Jackson Aisha Jackson on Aug 21, 2020

    I was wondering what I could do with all of the green s.pellegrino mineral water bottles that I had. This Pin gave me a great idea for my Zen garden. I used a stepping stone for the center, s.pellegrino bottles and small blue bottles. It was easier to dig the bottles into the ground then I thought since we recently had several days of rain. I was very happy how this turned out!

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