How to Make a Tomato Cage Plant Stand

Repurpose a wire tomato cage to create a tall plant stand perfect for a front stoop container garden. Add rustic flair by wrapping rope around the wires.

Project Overview
  • Working Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Skill Level: Kid-friendly

Elevated plant stands don't need to be expensive. Take a day for a DIY project and make a plant stand using an upside-down tomato cage. Dress up the metal cage with tightly-wrapped rope for added color and texture. Finish the look with a fun pot and colorful plants.

What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Tin snips
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun


  • Tomato cage
  • Spray paint
  • Jute rope
  • Hot glue stick


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    Trim the Tomato Cage

    Using your cutting tool, trim your tomato cage to the desired height. Discard any unwanted wire. You'll want to fit the pots you intend to use into the cage to determine how many sections to cut off.

  2. Paint the Tomato Cage

    After clipping the tomato cage, use spray paint to give the remaining wire frame uniform color. Use small, even strokes to cover the entire cage. We used black paint to allow the jute rope to pop against the dark color. Let the paint dry according to the manufacturer's instructions.

    Related: Tips for Using Spray Paint

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    Wrap Horizontal Wires in Rope

    Starting at a point where the vertical and horizontal wires intersect, hold the end of the rope against the wire with one hand, and then open the twist with your other hand and feed it onto the wire. Continue this process until you have made it all the way around the wire and you're back where you began.

  4. Hot-Glue the Rope

    Trim the rope and hot glue the connection where the beginning and end of the rope meet. Let the glue dry before placing a pot. Try to have your seams on all the layers along one side of the planter stand so you can position all of them to the back when they're in use.

  5. Place a Pot In

    Place your filled flower pot into the base and enjoy your new plant stand. Cluster multiple stands together at different heights for a cute and cohesive look.

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