A Tomato Cage Christmas Tree Should Be Easy, Shouldn’t It?
With Christmas coming, I thought a ‘simple’ tomato cage Christmas tree might be easy display in my Wheeling wash tubs. Simply wrap the lights around a cage; maybe add some small decorations and ta-da tasteful. Does anything really go that smoothly?
It took two days to learn how to make lovely bows
I like to consider that most people are on a budget so my first plan of action was waiting for tomato cages to go on sale. An important note here: they don’t actually go on sale. Instead they get stored away for next year’s tomato plants, so there were none to be found by the time I started looking. Plan B: borrow some tomato cages. A friend gave me two that were nearly five feet tall and, let me just say, there is a world of difference between a brand new, straight tomato cage and one that has seen a few years of use. I did have to cut one cage to be slightly shorter than the other one.
I still had trouble seeing if the wires were straight so I shoved a plastic plant pot up the center so I could see where it was level and bend the rest into a tree shape. I wrapped it up with evergreen garland and when I stepped back to look at it, I realized, I could have just bought a small Christmas tree and used that instead! Since that wasn’t my original intention, I pulled it all apart and left all my ideas on the garage floor for another day. Sometimes it’s better to just walk away and look at it again later. When I came back the next day I saw that I left some of the garland draped off of the cage and realized that it would look wonderful simply spiraled around the tree.
Since the trees are lightweight, it’s best to put everything on them before placing them in the copper Wheeling wash tubs. It gives you a chance to make sure all the lights are working and all the ornaments are secured correctly. Since I keep potting soil in my wash tubs so I simply ‘sunk’ the tomato cages in the dirt to keep them from blowing away.
I really enjoyed highlighting the copper color of the tubs with the decorations and red of my brick house with the bows.
Finally, the Wheeling wash tubs (see them decorated for Autumn here) are all ready for Christmas. Aren’t they adorable?
I’m already thinking about what holiday I should dress them in next? Do you have any suggestions?