Christmas Trees From Tomato Cages

by DesertRose
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10 Minutes
So many followers of Hometalk have been asking about making Christmas Trees from tomato cages, I thought it might be easier to post our tree project than try to explain it all in words. Tomato cages are on sale in many home improvement stores right now to make room for the next season. So fall is a great time to do this project. You can make a daytime tree with garland, or just wires on a cage for a night time tree festival with lights. We used the entire height of the cage for our trees. Some people cut off the bottom section with wire cutters to use the trees indoors.
Tomato cages are on sale at many home improvement stores right now for $7 or less so they can move on to the fall and winter seasons. We turned the cage upside down and secured the wires together to form the top of the "tree" shape.
After the top is secured with wire or ties, you can begin to add the garland starting at the top and work your way all the way down. This small section required 8 feet of garland. If you cover your cage in garland, you can add the lights afterwards. Some garland comes with lights already attached. Either way, be sure the plug for the lights are at the bottom when you finish to be able to attach an extension cord. To use the tree indoors you would probably choose the garland with the lights. We decided to use only lights without the garland because it was placed out of doors and we turn on the outside lights only at dark. Indoors or out, the night lights are beautiful.
You can buy lights that are made for the cages. They come with a ring at the top and the lights just drape down the side. Those are about $40 each so we draped the lights ourselves after securing the top with ties. Notice the plug is resting at the bottom. Another way to apply the lights are to wrap them around each cage from the top to the bottom as you would garland. The lights we chose were multi-colored, but you can use a theme if you want all blue, all green, all red, and so forth. The choices are almost limitless now at home improvement stores or department stores such as Walmart.
Here is one corner of our house with one tree in lights. The cage does not show at night. We have 4 trees decorated for our home front now. My husband used garden spikes made for lawn trim to secure the bottom of the cage in case of a winter blizzard with heavy winds. The first year he used rocks from my rock garden to lay on the bottom rung to weight the bottom down and secure the "tree" from blowing over.
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  • Mary Mary on Dec 02, 2017
    I did thi project last year for Christmas because I wanted 2 small Christmas trees on both sides of my front door. I used 2 cages that were about 2 1/2 feet high. I made the mistake of putting on the garland before the lights. Also, my first tree I wrapped too tightly and has to redo it. But, so pleased with the results. I love looking at these types of decorations at the stores which cost about $60 for 2 small trees. My 2 trees cost about $17 total for both because I had bought the lights and garland half off the year before. Thanks!!!

    • DesertRose DesertRose on Dec 02, 2017
      Thank you so much for that info, Mary, and great going on half off deals after Christmas! Bet your front door looks really pretty too

  • Thanks for sharing, I’m going to try this closer to Christmas!

    • DesertRose DesertRose on Apr 28, 2019

      You are welcome! I love ours at night all lighted. I never would have just done lights but I saw the same at Menards for sale for $99 and they only had lights on wire cages! So I tried this.