Hi! I am Kelly from My Soulful Home. Glad to meet you! I am so excited to be guest posting here at “My Repurposed Life”.
Repurposing comes naturally to me. When I was little shoe boxes became the Barbie dream house. In college last year’s text books became my bedside table. As a homeowner & blogger, I have transformed many old things, useless things, things destined for the landfill into something new and useful. My biggest transformation thus far is my old indoor sectional couch re-purposed into a “new” couch for my patio. Click here for that transformation. Today let’s repurpose a tomato cage into a lovely Christmas tree. People like Christmas in July. Me, I’m trying to ‘live in the moment’, but…tomato cages will not be available all over come December. So let me plant the seed of this project in your mind now. You can buy a cage & save it or get swept up in the fun and make a tomato cage Christmas tree right away! The really fun part about this tomato cage Christmas tree re-purpose is that once you have the basic idea you can create an infinite number of trees using different decorations. For this one, I decided on a palette of pink & gold as I had these fabulous vintage pinecone ornaments on hand.
This is what you will need to re-purpose a tomato cage into a Christmas tree:
- One tomato cage;
- Twine or durable string;
- Needle & thread ( optional );
- Ribbon ( wired is best );
- Decorations ( including something special for the top ).
That’s all you need! Oh, and your imagination, of course…
Let’s get started! Steps:
- Tie together the prongs of the tomato cage with twine/strong string;
- Reinforce the top knots with glue (if you are a girl who likes packin’ heat, a hot glue gun is great. If not regular craft glue works fine);
- Tie your ribbon around the prongs ~ secure with glue and/or a stitch or two;
- work the ribbon around the cage as you like it, just as you might garland on a real tree;
- Depending on your ribbon & how you want it to lay on the tree, you may need to sew a few stitches here & there;
- Play with the ribbon until you get it the way you want it, stitch if necessary and/or glue in place;
- Dab a bit of glue over the stitches to secure the ribbon;
- Wrap ribbon around the top prongs to cover & secure with stitches and/or glue;
- Top the tree with a decoration that will sit securely on top of the prongs (Covered styrofoam balls are great. I used a nest purchased at Michael’s );
- Decorate the rest of your tree;
- Stand back & admire your tomato cage Christmas tree!
Hope you enjoyed re-purposing a humble wire cage into a sparkly Christmas tree. Thanks again to Gail for having me here to share this project with you. You are always welcome at My Soulful Home. Come over for a visit, follow My Soulful Home on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Hometalk.
Thanks so much,
** Kelly **
Thank you Kelly for sharing this great repurposed tomato cage Christmas tree. I love the color scheme you chose! I’m such a procrastinator, I’d be scurrying around in November looking for a tomato cage at the hardware store. So, if YOU are wanting to make one of these, be sure to save a cage from your garden, and you’ll be ready come the holidays!