Lithuanian policeman builds Christmas tree with empty bottles

Here's a recycling project just for the holidays: a 4-metre tall Christmas tree made of 1,100 empty bottles of champagne and sparkling water.

Dalius Valukonis spent 3 years making tree out of 1,100 empty champagne, sparkling water bottles

Goda Valukonyte poses by the bottle Christmas tree in Agariniu village, Lazdijai district, some 176 kilometers from Vilnius, Lithuania . (Mindaugas Kulbis/Associated Press)

Here's a recycling project just for the holidays: a 4-metre tall Christmas tree made of 1,100 empty bottles of champagne and sparkling water.

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 local restaurants, bars, family and friends. (Mindaugas Kulbis/Associated Press)
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 pictures.

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