A couple years ago I shared how I made my tomato cage Christmas tree. Well this year I decided to take it a step further and make tiered tomato cage Christmas trees using three tomato cages of the same size.
I also wanted to make them easier to anchor into the ground, so I adapted my original version. Think of it as perfecting the art of crafting a tomato cage Christmas tree.
Before I go into the tutorial, let me say that these are ridiculously easy to make and can last years if properly taken care of. Plus, they cost a fraction of what you’d pay to buy them pre-made.
Here’s what you’ll need to make three tiered tomato cage Christmas trees:
• 3 tomato cages of the same size … you can buy a set of 4 heavy-duty cages here
• 6 strands of 9 foot WIRED, unlit garland (I used 9 ft Holiday Living garland from Lowe’s)
• 5 strands of 100 lights … found here
• 3 bows
• zip ties … found here
Note: I used 54 inch tall tomato cages.
I use unlit garland because should the lights go out, it’s much more of a pain to get the lights to turn back on. If I used unlit garland and use strands of lights on top of the garland, I can easily remove the lights and add new ones.
* The photo above doesn’t show the correct amounts, but I wanted to show the exact products I used for my tomato cage Christmas trees.
Begin by snipping the tomato cages to make them into three different sizes. You’ll need to cut all three. Here’s Brad making the middle size tree with heavy-duty pliers.
When you’re done you should have tomato cages like the following:
1- 3 ring
1- 2 ring
1- 1 ring
This results in tomato cage Christmas trees that are approximately 50 inches, 36 inches, and 30 inches tall.
Because I’m an awesome blogger, I changed things up and forgot to take a photo so I used my clearly professionally-trained Photoshop skills to create the smallest tree on the right side.
I purposely left the stakes at the bottom of the trees so they can easily be pushed into the ground.
When you’re done creating the tiered trees, use a zip tie to make a point at the top of the trees.
Then, it’s time to fluff your garland. Going from this:
I’m going to show you have to attach the garland to the largest tomato cage Christmas tree. You do the same thing for the other trees, you’ll just use less garland. I’ll tell you how much garland and lights I used on both trees later on.
The garland I purchased came with this great wire on both ends so I just wrapped it onto the cage.
I wrapped the garland around the cage and secured it with the wire on the opposite end. I didn’t feel the need to secure the garland more than that, but if you want, you could use some zip ties to attach it to the cage between the two ends.
I added another piece of garland and repeated for the middle section of the tree.
I used one more garland for the top section of the tree.
Then it’s time to add the lights. I start at the top with the female plug and work my way down so the male plug is at the bottom.
To add a festive touch, I attached a bow to the top of each tree.
Securing the trees to the ground was very easy because I left some of the cage, creating legs that could slide into the ground.
Here’s the final product!
Here’s the breakdown for each tomato cage Christmas tree:
Big tree: 3 strands of garland, 2 strands of 100 lights
Middle tree: 2 strands of garland, 2 strands of 100 lights
Little tree: 1 strand of garland, 1 strand of 100 lights
This photo doesn’t really do them justice at night.
Here’s what they look like in action on our front porch with a little touch of snow.
Think you’ll try to make these tiered tomato cage Christmas trees this year for your outdoor decor?
If you liked this tutorial, make sure you check out my other holiday projects, decor, recipes, and free printables!