Tomato Cage Christmas Trees
Create a small-scale Christmas tree with style. The secret? Start with a tomato cage as a frame, and add embellishments to create one of the themed trees below. Tomato cage trees are prefect for anyone who wants a holiday tree for a small space. They look great clustered in a group of 3 by a front door or single on a table top. The trees can be made in a variety of fashions, natural, folk, feather and spacey tinsel.
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Cathie and Steve
Wire tomato cage
4 - 6 feather boas
3 Zip ties
Sheer ribbon- 1/4" wide and matching the color of the boas
35-Bulb length of white twinkle lights
1. Gather together the three vertical wires of the cage and secure them tightly together with a zip tie (figure A). Crisscross a second zip tie over the first zip tie, so that a 1-2" loop extends down into the cavity of the cage. Secure the second zip tie.
2. Use wire cutters to trim away any excess wire (figure B).
3. Thread the third zip tie through a strand of twinkle lights approximately 2/3 of the way from the plug end of the strand (figure C).
4. Loop the third zip tie through the loop formed by the second zip tie so the strand hangs in the center of the cage (figure D).
5. Tie the end of one of the boas to the top point of the tree, using a small piece of ribbon. The ribbon ties will be camouflaged by the fluffiness of the boas. Wrap the boas around the outside cone of the tomato cage, securing with small ribbon ties as necessary. When you reach the end of one boa, tie another one on and continue until the entire tree is covered.