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Tomato Cage for Christmas Decorations

By Onewish1
December 28, 2011

Need a new purpose for your tomato cages? I wrapped the legs, then ran electrical tape down the sides, added 2 sets of green garlands from the dollar store, and wrapped it with Christmas lights. Do this and you'll have nice trees for display.

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plantladylin
Dec 27, 2011 6:11 PM CST
What a great idea ... Love it! I have a pattern someplace for making a Snowman with a tomato cage but I love the idea of the trees ... looks great with those lights you have added but it would look nice with the teeny ones also! Love this tip and I plan on trying it next Christmas!
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flaflwrgrl
Dec 27, 2011 6:25 PM CST
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sheryl
Dec 27, 2011 7:05 PM CST
Yeah, but what can you do with them for Halloween??? Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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flaflwrgrl
Dec 27, 2011 7:43 PM CST
Snort.
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sheryl
Dec 27, 2011 7:48 PM CST
Big Grin Green Grin! Big Grin
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KyWoods
Dec 27, 2011 7:58 PM CST
What a cool idea!! Thumbs up
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pardalinum
Dec 27, 2011 8:45 PM CST
All kinds of uses for tomato cages when they aren't being used for what they were made to be used for. I dry my socks and other small items on mine... But the Christmas lights are nice too, good idea Thumbs up !
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Onewish1
Dec 27, 2011 9:08 PM CST
sheryl said:Yeah, but what can you do with them for Halloween??? Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing


cover with a sheet.. and make a ghost Rolling on the floor laughing
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Onewish1
Dec 27, 2011 9:14 PM CST
here is what it looked like before putting the garland on

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Marilyn
Dec 27, 2011 10:49 PM CST
sheryl said:Yeah, but what can you do with them for Halloween??? Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing


Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Green Grin! Big Grin Green Grin! Thumbs up Thumbs up Whistling

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Marilyn
Dec 27, 2011 10:56 PM CST
One type of tomato cage (like the one Allison is showing) I stick into a container with a Hummingbird plant inside so that the Hummers have a place to rest on. A couple of years ago I found a red tom. cage!

For the other type of tom. cage (boxy looking), I tied two of them together to make it taller, stuck it into a larger container with a Hummingbird plant inside and had Hummers using it all Summer for a tall 'look out' perch! They loved it!

I'll have to round up some pics for you (w/o Hummer).

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Marilyn
Dec 27, 2011 11:14 PM CST
Here's some pics of the second tomato cage I was referring to. This was the first year I did it.

It's taller than shows in the pic and the Hummers tiny feet can wrap around it easily. Green Grin! I used those green tomato velcro strips on all four sides between the lower cage and the upper cage to secure them together.
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I'll try to look for some pics of the other type.


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Marilyn
Dec 27, 2011 11:29 PM CST
Other type of tomato cage......I used to use the 'silver' type until I found a red one.


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Onewish1
Dec 28, 2011 7:48 AM CST
love that.. thanks for posting.. they love the hoop I put on rebar for the glads as well
Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Dec 28, 2011 8:27 AM CST
Thanks Allison! Green Grin! Thumbs up
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MaryE
Dec 28, 2011 9:41 AM CST
Clever idea!
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KyWoods
Dec 28, 2011 9:52 AM CST
Wow, love all those plants! I've never seen a red tomato cage.
Hey, you could put a kid's bouncy ball on top of the tomato cage before draping a sheet over it for a Halloween ghost, and paint a scary face on it. Big Grin
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flaflwrgrl
Dec 28, 2011 10:20 AM CST
KyWoods said:Wow, love all those plants! I've never seen a red tomato cage.
Hey, you could put a kid's bouncy ball on top of the tomato cage before draping a sheet over it for a Halloween ghost, and paint a scary face on it. Big Grin


Or drape the sheet & then put a pumpkin head in top.


Cool idea Marilyn with the hummer set up! Hurray!
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Samigal
Dec 28, 2011 11:50 AM CST
Oh, all you clever people. What wonderful imaginations!! Never saw a red tomato cage either, but would love to have some for my tomato plants. Thumbs up
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gardengus
Dec 28, 2011 12:03 PM CST
The Rural King farm store has tomato cages in several colors including red.I think Menards also had cages in colors this year.
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