How to Make Easy DIY Christmas Trees Using Tomato Cages

Hey friends! I’m embracing the coming of Thanksgiving and Christmas with a tutorial for how to make easy DIY Christmas trees using tomato cages! It’s a fun and super easy project that you can enjoy throughout the fall and holiday season!

front porch all decorated for fall with tomato cage Christmas trees, pumpkins, mums and a home sweet home welcome mat - Easy DIY Christmas Trees Using Tomato Cages - Life Full and Frugal

This is one of those projects that I see pop up on Pinterest all the time, and I always want to try. I finally decided just to go ahead and tackle this little diy project, and I am so happy how they turned out! I hope this inspires you to make your own diy Christmas trees using tomato cages as well! 

Tomato Cage Christmas Trees Perfect for Multi-Seasonal Use!

I know that these are called Christmas trees, but really once you make them, you can use them throughout the fall and holiday season. Especially if you keep it neutral by using vines instead of garland to cover them. You could probably even keep them around and decorate them for spring and Easter. All you have to do is change the way you dress them up! I really love the idea of getting all the goody out of my time and effort! That’s my kind of project!

front porch with blue door and white trim decorated with tomato cage Christmas trees and red poinsettias -Tomato Cage Christmas Trees - Life Full and Frugal

Use What You Have to Create These Christmas Trees Using Tomato Cages!

If you have been following us for a while, you know that we love to create beauty on a budget. The most frugal way to approach this project is to use what you already have around your home. Fortunately, I had all I needed to make my Christmas trees and decorate my porch. But I know that is not always the case, so I’ll include some affiliate links for y’all to check out so you can make your own tomato cage Christmas trees!

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Here’s What You Will Need to Create Christmas Trees Using Tomato Cages:

  • Pruning Shears (if you use vines to cover your tomato cage)
  • Side Cutters (if you use faux garland to cover your tomato cage)
  • Needle Nose Pliers 
  • Zip Ties (the greatest invention…)
  • Tomato Cages (I like these because they are green and it’s a pack of 10, so my raised bed garden is sorted for this spring!)
  • Plant Saucer or Drain Pan to create the base of the Christmas Tree and attach the tomato cage)
  • Cordless Drill (This would make a perfect Christmas gift… =)
  • Vines or Garland 
  • Christmas Lights
  • Timer (makes your life so much easier when it comes to Christmas lights…and this one has a remote!)
  • Ribbon for a Christmas Tree Topper!
  • Weights (I placed landscaping bricks at the base of the tomato cages in the drain pans to add stability. You could use anything heavy you have around the house.)

How to Make Easy DIY Christmas Trees Using Tomato Cages!

Step One: Attach Tomato Cage to Drain Pan

After you gather all your supplies, the first thing you will need to do is attach the tomato cage to the drain pan. I drilled holes in my drain pan, then connected the wire cage with zip ties. Like I said, these things are the greatest inventions ever! If you don’t have zip ties, you could also use floral wire. 

plastic drain pan for potted plants with a hole drilled in it in order to attach a tomato cage with zip ties for a Christmas tree - Tomato Cage Christmas Trees - Life Full and Frugal

Step Two: Bend Feet of Tomato Cage into Hooks, Then Attach with Zip Ties

This step is optional, but the first time I tried making Christmas trees using tomato cages, the legs kept coming apart. I decided to get my teenage boys involved and had them muscle each leg into a hook like a candy cane. This made it a lot easier to secure the three legs together, forming the top of the tree. 

two tomato cages turned upside down and attached at the legs to form Christmas trees, attached to plant saucers for a base - Tomato Cage Christmas Trees - Life Full and Frugal

Step Three: Add Weight to the Base for Stability

I placed weights in the base of my tomato cage Christmas trees to add stability. You don’t want the wind knocking over your beautiful trees! I used landscaping bricks, but just use whatever you have around the house that is heavy and can be outside. I also placed both trees on top of red flower pots filled with dirt to give them some extra height and color.

tomato cage Christmas tree in a red flower pot with landscape bricks for stability - Tomato Cage Christmas Trees - Life Full and Frugal

Step Four: Time to Wrap the Tomato Cages to Make Christmas Trees!

Here’s where it starts to get fun. Now you will need to wrap the tomato cages with whatever you have decided to use: garland or vines. I was really fortunate because our woods are full of these vines that grow all over. We have had lots of storms that blow them out of the tree tops, so I took advantage of them. Because they still had leaves on them, I didn’t have to use nearly as much to get full coverage over the tomato cage. 

wrapping vines around tomato cage to create a Christmas tree - Tomato Cage Christmas Tree - Life Full and Frugal

Step Five: Time to Decorate with Lights and Ribbon!

Here is where you have a lot of flexibility. This is such an easy and adaptable project. The sky is the limit, so let your creativity flow! If you are doing this in time for autumn or for Thanksgiving, leave your Christmas trees natural and surround the bases with mums, pumpkins and gourds. If this is part of your Christmas porch decor, add cheery ribbon, ornaments and poinsettias!

tomato cage Christmas tree surrounded by mums and a pumpkin - Tomato Cage Christmas Tree - Life Full and Frugal
Tomato Cage Christmas Tree - Life Full and Frugal

Tomato Cage Christmas Trees Perfect for any Season!

We hope you enjoyed this tutorial for how to make easy DIY Christmas trees using tomato cages! If you give it a try, we would definitely LOVE to see what you create! You can share in the comments or tag @lifefullandfrugal on Instagram or Facebook so we can check it out! For more Christmas decorating inspiration, check out these 10 Tips for Frugal Christmas Decor! We hope you have a wonderful holiday season! God bless from the sisters of Life Full and Frugal!

front porch decorated for Christmas with tomato cage Christmas trees, soft light, and red poinsettias - Tomato Cage Christmas Trees - Life Full and Frugal

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