Have you ever seen an upside down tomato cage Christmas tree? Well, you are looking at two on my front porch right now. Not to shabby looking, are they?
When I removed plants for the winter and I was left with two empty planters by the front door. The perfect solution was to add faux trees for the holidays.
I bought 2 tomato cages at Lowe’s and bent the base slightly to fit snuggly in the planter. I chose the largest cage which was 54” and the price was $6.98 each.
Wrap the 4 metal tips in duct tape to hold them together.
I used two 50 foot non-lit garlands from Walmart per tree and each pack was $7.88. Must share one more bargain….the welcome mat was $4.99 at Aldi.
I took the end of the strand and bent it over the tip then wrapped a piece of floral wire around it to secure the top. I just kept wrapping in a clockwise direction until I ran out of garland. I used a small piece of wire to secure the end to the tomato cage￼.
Again I used to slip of wire to attach the beginning of the new garland to the cage then wrapped until I got to the end. I was hoping that 100 feet would cover the entire tree but came up short. So close but not enough.
I thought about shimmying the garlands around giving more space between the rows. I kept the rows very close and full so there was certainly room to spread it out.
A lightbulb went on and I remembered that I had some burlap garland on hand. I decided to use it to wrap the base of the “tree”. I actually love the burlap and it reminds me of a live tree. A happy accident!
The front porch is starting to look festive and welcoming for everyone to home to this holiday season.
If you need a budget friendly tree these were less than $23 each.
Happy holidays – Kristen