Outdoor Christmas Decoration: Tomato Cage Tree
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
Gather up the following items to get started on your very own tomato cage tree:
- Fresh evergreen garland
- Zip ties
- 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.