Repurpose a wire tomato cage to create a tall plant stand perfect for a front stoop container garden. Add rustic flair with rope-wrapped rows.

Elevated plant stands don't need to be expensive. Take a day for a DIY project to make a plant stand with 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.

  • Working time 45 mins
  • Start to finish 2 hrs
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Involves Cutting Wire, Gluing, Spray Painting, Planting

What you need


How to do it

Part 1

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Step 1

Trim Tomato Cage

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

Step 2

Paint Tomato Cage

After clipping the tomato cage, use spray paint to give the remaining cage 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 manufacturer's instructions.

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Step 3

Wrap Rope

Starting at a point where the vertical wire and horizontal wire 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 layer of wire and you are back where you began.

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Step 4

Secure Rope

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

Step 5

Place Pot

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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