Okay, I wish I knew who the brilliant woman is who came up tomato cage frame trees. I cannot take credit.
They are super simple and inexpensive to make.
I love “inexpensive”! And good thing, too, because the retail deal is Pri-Cey.
I ran over to our cute little neighborhood hardware store–they have a bevy of tomato cages out on their loading dock (but I’m betting Home Depot, Lowe’s, or your local garden center would have some too) ranging in size and price from $1.25 to $5.50.
The large tomato cages fit perfectly on my front porch planters, but I added a little masking tape to secure them, especially since they were sitting on top rather than just inside the containers. [I added a couple of extra little terracotta pots and rocks into the bottom of the pots to weight them down.]
I used five of these 9′ garlands from Wal-Mart (they are $2 ea) for each of my 4′ trees.
The assembly couldn’t be more simple: just wrap around and around and around. Bend a garland “twig” wire around the frame if you need to to secure the start or end point. When you get to the end of one, start another, and so on and so forth until the tomato cage is covered.
I added a simple sewn star to the top of each of mine made out of felt and microcord scraps.
But you could also bend in the tops of the tomato cage frame wires and just have a rounded-top topiary.
If your tomato cage base is too large for your container, you can cut the frame to make it fit into your pot. [I used wire snips... I think?] I held the cage over the pot to gauge where to cut, then snip snip snip.
The porch this year looks very like our porch from last Christmas, but I love the difference the simple changes make: the pots are now black and the new “trees” are about a foot taller. The porch looks kind of posh and stately, you know, just like me. [That's a joke.]
And in other porch decor 2012 news:
I added these simple pre-made evergreen wreaths with a bit of the same ribbon to the garage lights to spread the look across the front of the house a bit.
The polka dot pots have been relegated to another spot where they are awaiting… I dunno, something… I might wrap them into garland trees… or I might try creating something else… hmm… We’ll see…
And the pennant that hung swagged across a double window inside last year has moved outside… But I’m not sure I love it here straight… I might move it to swag over the transom window over the front door.
Thankfully, I’ve had my lovely little helper to play in the front garden while I work. I love that sweet girl. Could she be cuter? No. No she could not.
Hooray, the porch is done at last Wheeee!
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