These adorable outdoor Christmas trees can weather a storm and make a big statement in your entry. Here's how a humble tomato cage can become a stunning Christmas display.


Here's a tree you won't have to water! If you don't have a Christmas tree, but you do have some basic garden tools, you can make a fake tree out of real evergreen garland. "Planted" in pots, these mini tomato cage trees look great positioned in your entryway, along your walkway, or even indoors. They also stand up well to the elements. And you can decorate them with lights and ribbon, just like their trunk-bearing counterparts.

What You Need

tomato cage tree

Gather up the following items to get started on your very own tomato cage tree:

  • Fresh evergreen garland
  • Pot
  • Rocks
  • Scissors
  • Zip ties
  • Shears
  • Tomato cage
  • String lights
  • Ribbon (optional)

Step 1: Secure the Cage


Position a tomato cage in a large pot, and fill base with rocks to secure.

Step 2: Zip-Tie Cage


Zip-tie the top of the cage to form a point. (This will be the top of your tree.)

Step 3: Wrap Evergreen Garland


Starting at the base of the cage, wrap a piece of garland around the cage and attach with zip ties as you go. If your garland isn't long enough, you can use several pieces.

Step 4: Finish Garland Wrapping


When you reach the top, tuck the end of the garland into the the cage point. Trim the garland, if needed.

Step 5: Trim Zip Ties


To finish tree, trim away any unsightly zip tie ends.

Step 6: Decorate


Wrap the tree with a strand of string lights and decorate with pieces of ribbon, if desired.

Comments (4)

December 2, 2019
This is a great idea! I do this with artificial garland, and little lights. Looks great in the front yard. At the end of the season, I just undo everything, and my cages are ready for the spring planting.
November 25, 2018
I have been doing this for years, but with lighted artificial garland. Quick and easy for yard decor, and I do several in different colors. Really pretty at night!
November 19, 2018
Should of stood back so we could see the whole tree when it was done. Looks like it took half a real tree to make that garland.
November 19, 2018
Oddly, I was just browsing for two low cost outside/porch tress or a couple of cheap fake ones that I was going to place in pots with sand. Then decorate myself and if they didn’t do well in Boston’s weather, I would of just thrown them out. I love this idea. I’m going to try it. One question, I never purchased real garland before. Where would you suggest purchasing it? Also, I love to garden, probably not a shocker, and I was trimming pine tree branches that were over hanging into my property. I noticed that the smaller twigs smelled like a Christmas tree and were extremely flexible/bendable. I thought to myself, could I use these to make a decoration.. Anyone have ideas or thouhts about it. It left my mind until reading the above DYI article. All advice and/or information would be greatly appreciated.