Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: Tomato Cage Christmas Trees

Monday, November 26, 2012

Tomato Cage Christmas Trees

Hey Blissful and Domestic readers! I'm Alex from Happy, Healthy, and Domestic (formally Crafting With My Cubs).
 I'm so excited to be here, thank you Danielle for this opportunity to share a fun Christmas tutorial with you. First, a little about me. I am a wife and mom to two feisty little boys. When I get the time, I love to craft, sew, and cook healthy and yummy meals for my family - especially homemade baby food for my littlest man. 
One of my favorite projects recently was a t-shirt quilt I made for a friend's wedding present, so much work, but it was so worth it!

But let's get to the craft!

Last year on Pinterest (follow me here) I saw a couple different ideas I really liked. You may have seen them too...

 source: via Pinterest

source: via Pinterest

I love both ideas, but the first one didn't have a tutorial, so here's my version of their idea. Both are made out of tomato cages, but since it's late in the year and I'm not a gardener, there was a distinct lack of said cages. To make my own outdoor Christmas tree I had to improvise.

The hardware stores may not have tomato cages this time of year, but they do have plastic bush/tree stakes. I grabbed three of those, but four probably would have been better considering the planter I used.

So you'll need:
3-4 tree stakes
Christmas Garland (I used 3 from Dollar Tree, each was 15 ft long)
A pot or planter (mine was from Dollar Tree, but you may already have one)
Christmas Ornaments, if you choose
wire and glue, optional

Start by drilling holes in the planter where the stakes are going to be inserted.

Glue could be good too. I didn't use any by you may want to.

Wire the tops of the stakes together and you have the form of your tree.

Next, you'll wrap your garland around the form. Don't wrap it too tight or it will bend the stakes inward. You may find that you'll need some wire to keep the garland from slipping down or out of place.

Finally, decorate. I used a string of 100 lights and some spare shatterproof ornaments. I also filled the planter with some rocks from the backyard to keep it from falling over. All in all it cost me about $7.

The little man helped me a little so he wanted to pose with the tree.

Now go and make your own. Come connect with me and show me your version!
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