These "trees" are great for apartment balconies as well. Take a tomato cage, turn it upside down, and bend the legs into the center. Wind one or two strands of Christmas lights around, securing with ordinary twist ties and voila! A Christmas Tree. You can embellish with tinsel, natural tree boughs, grape vine, berries, or whatever else your imagination can dream up. When Christmas season is over, just unwind the lights and you are ready for tomato gardening.
Used in this upside down fashion, tomato cages also make great bases for topiaries or something to put in the center of your outdoor container arrangements when you want height, since giving you something to tie the plants too. Put a sheet over it and you have a ghost for Halloween. The possibilities are endless. The nice thing about this is that you really never end up storing it and it is almost always in use.
By bestbiddy from Belleville, Ontario, Canada
I did something similar, but I covered the tomato cages with artificial garlands to make them look more like real trees.
Then I added lights & ornaments.
I did this just the other day!
Love this idea! Thanks Bestbiddy! Lots of creative opportunities as well as environmentally friendly.
Time to complete: One hour
Have a bright Christmas from me to you!
Thanks, I will remember that this summer when I see tomato cages on sale and I'll get several, to make me a mini-forest out on the lawn. I like natural-type designs, not the inflated things. Merry Christmas!
Cute! I have one I spray painted gold years ago and I use tiny red ribbon pieces to tie my Christmas cards all over it. It makes a nice place for them to be displayed.
I also saw this craft idea on DIY network. They used feather boas and garland--all kinds of stuff. What a perfect idea for someone who can't have a real tree, like a resident of a nursing home or in a hospital.
I seen where you can take tomato cages. Tie the legs together, turn upside down and put rope lights on. you can make your own little forest. Very Pretty, especially at night.
I am searching for a pattern to make Santa and Mrs. Claus made with tomato cages. The pattern I had was from a magazine in the 90s . I lent it to someone and they did not return it to me. I hope I can find the pattern so I can make them for my grandchildren for Christmas 2013. Thank you.
I have the pattern for Tomato Cage Santa & possible for the Mrs. also but need to know the materials these were made from. My
Santa was made from paper twist however with my 100's of craft books dating back from the early 70's to bout 2005. I know I probably have that book of the 90's but need to know material before my search! Thank you,
If anyone could find it I would love a copy, I made one for a friend, I believe it was from Crafts'n'things 1992/93 and had a styrofoam ball head covered in quilt batting and pantyhose.
I am also looking for this pattern. It was fabric... on the cover of November 1992 Crafts n Things"
Did you find this pattern because I am looking for the page with the measurements
How can I make a snowman with lights out of a tomato cage? Or any other Christmas decorations out of tomato cages. Anything but the garland and lights to make trees. I've done this.
Dottie from Dansville, NY
Turn cage upside down. Stick a huge styrofoam ball on for the head. An angel would look good. Put lights on the inside to make the angel glow.
First you get some Styrofoam balls to make the head. Then put it on top of the cage. Get some red cloth for the dress for Mrs.Claus. Use your own ideas for the dress to make it your own design. BE sure to use a wig for her hair. Use your ideas for making her face features and make up.They do take a little time but have fun with your creations.Good luck.
How about this. Purchase a white plastic table cloth. Cut about 12" off the entire length of the plastic (end) and set aside (arms). Now hot glue your ends together making a large circle. This will be the body. Take heavy card board and cut it about 3" larger than your tomato cage top. This will be the bottom of your first ball. Purchase 50 or so clear LED lights and some packing styrofoam. These will make your first 2 layers. Hot glue, "using low heat sticks" your cardboard to your cage. Then glue your plastic onto the bottom of your cardboard, make sure it's nice and smooth as you go. Once that's done you can add your packing chips and lights, I plug mine in so I can see what's going on as I go.
Fill your first layer as full as you wish and then tie it off, and wire it to the cage so it won't move. This part will be covered by the second layer. I use more packing foam along with white grocery bags and stuff and adjust the lights and fullness as I go. Take and tie this off the same as before. Arms the 12" plastic glue into a cylinder, insert a coat hanger if you want them to be movable. Now the top where the pointy wire is, pull it all together and duck tape it. Below that, insert your arms from one side to the other and find where you want them and secure them in place. Take the biggest styrofoam ball you can purchase (approx 12") cover with white plastic as well. Put hot glue on the top and push the head on. Cover 2 6" balls in white plastic for the hands. Glue ends of coat wire and push balls on. Purchase hat, garland, carrot, scarf and other decor at Dollarama. Have fun playing around until it's just right. Oh about the lights, make sure you leave the male end out the back at the bottom. Poke a hole in your seam area. I get lots of compliments on mine.
Has anyone the directions for Christmas carolers made from tomato cages and sweaters?
Gamapat from Up North, WI
Sounds like it would be so cute. Did you see the ghosts made from tomato cages? I'd love to see pics of these when you get them done.
Here is a project to make a santa, but you could change it into a caroler. http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/cr_dolls/article/0,,DIY_13753_2268310,00.htm
I am looking for a pattern to make a tomato cage Santa Claus. Does anyone know of a web site or have the pattern?
I have one Santa tomato cage pattern however, you didn't specify what you wanted to make it out of, mine is paper twist and the tomato cage is 42" so it will be a rather large Santa. Here is the picture