What do you do with tomato cages in December? Make a holiday topiary of course!
I don't know who the first person was to think up turning tomato cages into topiaries, but they deserve the Nobel craft prize. Every year I eye those gorgeous holiday topiaries...and every year I can't bring myself to spend $80 on two trees. But this year tomato cage topiaries have been popping up all over Pinterest and the blogosphere...and I had to get in on that!
What could be simpler? A tomato cage...some garland...a strand of lights and a bow to top it off. In my typical fashion, I didn't actually read any tutorials, I just jumped right in. And now I have a million little scratches on my hands. I HIGHLY recommend wearing gloves. Learn from my impulsiveness :)
These took me a few hours to make - mostly because of how long it took to wire all of the lights in place. If you go with a draped light approach, you could have these done in a half hour.
I used 33 inch tomato cages and 4 strands of cheap, 9 foot garland from Walmart. You need the wired garland to wrap around the tomato cage frame as you go.
I just wrapped the garland round and round, starting from the top
To make sure the garland stays in place, I twisted a wired branch around each of the vertical legs on every layer. When I got to each of the horizontal support frames, I twisted a few of the wired branches around the frame all the way around.
Once the cage was all wrapped in garland, it was time to add some lights
I wired the lights on from the inside. This was absolutely the most time consuming part. I stuck the entire strand of lights inside the cage and tried to space the strand evenly along the inside before I started.
To make symmetry a little easier, I had the light strand plugged in while I worked.
To wire each bulb in place, just poke it through from the inside and wrap a wired branch around the base of the bulb. Repeat 100 times...
I topped my topiaries off with a red velvet bow with streamers.
(please disregard all the madness in the background - Christmas crafting is a time of clutter and chaos)
And here they are in place :)
Grand total for each topiary...$17 :)
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