Here goes my first post! I have been dying to try my hand at making a couple of the tomato cage Christmas trees that I have been seeing all over Pinterest. The couple I saw didn’t really have much of a tutorial, but it seemed like a fairly easy project to figure out. So, I decide to just wing it and make my own. I have to say I’m pretty stinkin’ happy with how it turned out!
First, gather all of your supplies:
(you’ll need a trusty hot glue gun as well and possibly a pair of wire-cutters)
I used a couple of old tomato cages that were left at our house when we moved in, and I bought 10 packs of wire garland from the “Everything’s a Dollar” store. After finishing the first tree, I now will have to go buy some more since it took about 8 1/2 packs to do 1 tree. I also used some old wrapped wire that I found in my craft supplies to tie up the top like this:
I recommend hot glueing the wire in place after you get it situated the way you want it. Otherwise, you may be fighting it sliding around and/or flying off completely.. You may need to shape the cage a bit if it looks a little lop-sided or off. Next, I started wrapping and glueing..
Now, this can be a bit tricky to make sure it doesn’t have gaps or look too thin. I placed a dot of hot glue on the vertical wires as I wrapped around with about a 3/4 inch gap between each row as I was coming around. That kept it nice and full while moving at a nice pace up the tomato cage. Now for the finished product…
Add a few decorations, and there ya go! I actually plan to do a little more with these in the next couple of days…(think lights and potted-tree look). I will have an update post on that coming soon…
So, costs for this project:
upcycled old tomato cages: FREE
wire garland for 1 tree: $9
any old piece of wire or twine around the house: FREE
Bows (you could use any decorations lying around the house): $3
GRAND TOTAL = $12 or less