Christmas Tree Made from More Than 1,000 Empty Bottles Lights Up Lithuanian Neighborhood

Image source: AP/Mindaugas Kulbis

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — It’s a recycling project just for the holidays: A Christmas tree ascending just over 13-feet in the air…made of 1,100 empty bottles of champagne and sparkling water.

Lithuanian policeman Dalius Valukonis says he spent three years and hundreds of hours of his free time to create the tree using bottles he got from restaurants, bars, family and friends.

The non-drinker said Saturday a metal structure with special hooks and construction foam holds the bottles in place.

It’s an eye-catcher that makes motorists in the town of Lazdijai near the Polish border snap photos.

Valukonis says he intends to build something even more impressive next year.

Christmas Tree Made from More Than 1,000 Empty Bottles Lights Up Lithuanian Neighborhood

Goda Valukonyte poses by the bottle Christmas tree in the Agariniu village, Lazdijai district, some 110 miles from Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013. (Image source: AP/Mindaugas Kulbis)