It's time to clean out the garden but don't put the tomato cages away just yet...
You can use them for this fall decoration.
Step 1: Tomato cage and chicken wire
Gather your tomato cage and chicken wire and don't forget to wear gloves.
Step 2: Wrap the tomato cage
Wrap the chicken wire around the outside of the tomato cage.
Step 3: Cut the chicken wire
Once you have the chicken wire around then entire outside of the tomato cage, use a wire snips to cut.
Step 4: Secure the chicken wire
Bend the cut ends of the chicken wire together (red line)
Cut and bend the wire around the top and bottom of the tomato cage (yellow circles)
Step 5: Completely cover tomato cage
If your chicken wire isn't wide enough, cut another piece and secure it to the tomato cage using the steps above.
Step 6: Make a cylinder
Using another piece of chicken wire, make a cylinder shape. This will be used inside the tomato cage so the entire cage doesn't have to be filled with gourds. (see step 10)
Step 7: Container
A - I purchased a tall flower pot that was the width of the tomato cage
B - I placed large rocks in the bottom
C - then placed recycled bottles
D - then added potting soil
Step 8: Tomato cage into container
Place the top (large end) of the tomato cage into the container, so that it is upside down. Push it into the potting soil so it is stable.
Step 9: Place the cylinder
Place the chicken wire cylinder into the tomato cage, placing it near the back. Push it into the soil and add a rock for stability.
Step 10: Add gourds
Carefully place your gourds into the tomato cage. You now see the purpose of the chicken wire cylinder, to take up space inside the tomato cage. The empty space will be at the back of the topiary so no one will see it.
Step 11: Reaching the top
Once you've filled the tomato cage, place one gourd on the top. Take the three ends of the tomato cage and place them on the sides of the gourd (this will hold it in place).
Use wire to hold the ends of the cage together (yellow circle).
I have to tell you - people have been walking by my house wondering how the gourds are staying in place. From far away, you can't see the chicken wire!
I love this unique topiary.
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