How to Make a Tomato Cage Christmas Tree in 5 Easy Steps

Nick Kreticos
by Nick Kreticos

As the holiday season approaches, there's nothing quite like the magic of decorating your own Christmas tree. This year, we're taking a unique approach by creating a Christmas tree out of a tomato cage! With a few creative steps and some basic materials, we'll craft a tree that's both whimsical and budget-friendly.

In this tutorial, I'll guide you through each step, from securing the cage's top to adding the finishing touches. From deco mesh to ornaments and ribbons, we'll bring this tomato cage Christmas tree to life, creating a beautiful focal point for your holiday decor.

Let's get started on this fun and festive DIY Candyland Christmas project!

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Buying a tomato cage
Tying the top of the tomato cage with a zip tie

1. Tie the top of the tomato cage with a zip tie

We're going to start up top and secure the three spikes that go on the ground using a zip tie and that'll prevent them from poking through the mesh. it'll also create more of a conical shape for our tree.

Scrunching the deco mesh

2. Tie scrunched deco mesh to the tomato cage

We're going to start off with some deco mesh and pipe cleaners. I'm just going to scrunch up a little bit of the mesh.

Tying the mesh with a pipe cleaner

To secure it, I'm going to take a red pipe cleaner, tie it around, and tuck that pipe cleaner underneath so it's hidden. Then we can repeat this process every few inches or so.

How to make a tomato cage Christmas tree with mesh

Repeat up and down the tomato cage

Instead of going all the way to the bottom, we're going to start our next layer. It's all about repetition. We'll repeat that process over and over again all the way around.

There's really no rhyme or reason for my exact placement. I'm just trying to create that tree-shaped effect. You can also use the same pipe cleaner to attach new layers of mesh.

Tucking in the end of the mesh roll

Tuck in the end of the roll

Here we have the end of the roll. I'm going to tuck that in and it's going to stay in place, especially since we're going to come back in with ornaments and some ribbon on top of it.

Cutting the ribbon

3. Add bows

Next, we're going to work in some ribbon. Here I have some peppermint or candy cane ribbon. I thought it would be pretty if we had some loops and tails.

We're going to cut a length with one loop and two tails. Grab a pipe cleaner to secure it and there we have a little accent.

Dovetailing the ribbon

Dovetail the ribbon

To create a professional touch, we're going to take the ends of our ribbon, line them up, and dovetail. To dovetail, you cut from the middle out towards the wired edges. It's definitely more professional.

Poking the pipe cleaners into the deco mesh tomato cage Christmas tree

Poke in the pipe cleaners

Coming back to our tree, really poke those pipe cleaners in there so they stay in place.

Tip: You can also use hot glue, but by working them in with just the pipe cleaner, you have the possibility of switching it up, storing the tree afterward, and switching the decorations out each year.

Dipping the ornament in a hot glue skillet

4. Add ornaments

Now I have some red and white ornaments that match the tree perfectly. We are going to dip these in a glue skillet. This is a little crock pot full of hot glue and it melts the glue. When you unplug it, the glue hardens back up in the container.

Adding ornaments to the tomato cage Christmas tree

Apply a generous amount of hot glue, then take the ornaments and place them sporadically.

With the ribbons, those pipe cleaners are in deep enough; but with these ornaments, they will pop right off unless you use some hot glue. Hold them in place for a minute or so while they solidify.

Treat your tomato cage Christmas tree like you would a real Christmas tree; decorate it however you would like. You can add flowers, decorative sprays and picks, and little presents, if you want to.

Cutting the ornaments on sticks

Ornaments on sticks

Here we have some ornaments on sticks so these are going to be a little bit easier to insert. Snip each one individually.

Hot gluing the ornaments to the tree

Swirl these in hot glue and poke them wherever you see fit.

Adding an ornament as a tree topper

Add an ornament as a tree topper

Instead of a star, we'll take one ornament and we'll poke it up top.

Cutting smaller ornament sprays

Smaller ornament sprays

We also have this decorative spray and we're going to cut some of these little ornaments off. Having ornaments in different sizes, shapes, and textures really enhances anything that you're decorating.

Adding the ornament sprays to the tree

Since we're going with the red and white theme today, I thought it would be really nice to work in these little peppermint candies. Dip these in your hot glue as well and then poke them throughout.

Making single ribbon loops

5. Add single loops of ribbon

I made a bunch of single-loop pieces of ribbon. I just folded the piece over itself and then took a little pipe cleaner to secure it.

Tucking the ribbon loops into the tree

Dip them in our glue skillet, apply a generous amount of hot glue, and then poke them in. That's going to deflect a little bit away from the deco mesh and make this tree look fuller and more whimsical.

Feel free to choose whatever colors and ribbons you want. You can use as many different prints as you like. I usually like to shy on the side of less is more, but you could work in three, four, or five different types of ribbon.

Outdoor tomato cage Christmas tree

Making a Christmas tree from a tomato cage

Here's our finished tomato cage Christmas tree! I've put this outside in a planter. I love it on my front steps.

Christmas tree made from tomato cage

This is an incredibly easy way to upcycle a basic tomato cage that only costs a couple of dollars.

Are you thinking of making tomato cage Christmas trees? Let me know in the comments below.

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  • Katen Katen on Sep 18, 2023
    this is not new but I like your take as you decorated with ornaments and ribbons. Yes lights would add a lot too. How did you make it wind proof outside?
  • Car88613749 Car88613749 on Sep 20, 2023
    Where can you get the wide decomesh?
  • FlaGlo FlaGlo on Oct 01, 2023
    Beautiful! I want to attempt this but where can you get the wide decomesh? Thanks!
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