5 Crafty Uses for Tomato Cages

Who would’ve thought they were so useful and versatile beyond gardening?! They are very inexpensive and durable, not to mention quite easy to find. You may have an old one around your home, most likely, outside.  The one below is from Lowe’s and is under $3.00, and some 3-ringed tomato cages are under $2.00.  They average 42 inches, and some are square and some are round.  I use the round ones currently.  So, with a tomato cage, and a little imagination, you can make some cool home items.

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I was going to cover how to make more than one in this post, but that proved to ambitious for this new blogger, so I am going to list the 5 creative uses, and give the tutorial for just the first one in this post.  I’ll how to the others over the next two weeks!

  1.  Tomato Cage Macrame Plant Stand
  2.  TC Basket Storage
  3.  TC Macrame Waste Basket
  4.  TC Chandelier
  5.  TC Kids’ Backyard Ground Hoopplay

Let’s Make It!   Tomato Cage Macrame Plant Stand:  So, this was my first idea for the macrame plant stand, and it is perfectly suited for this.  It is sooo dreamy!  Ok, well the Aloe Vera plant isn’t so bad either.  :0

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All you need is a pair of wire cutters or bolt cutters, and some cotton rope, macrame cord or yarn will also do.  I bought a pair of bolt cutters at our local “Tractor Supply” for under $8.00, wire cutters are even cheaper.  I didn’t want to have any trouble cutting off the stems, which is the part that goes into the ground to steady the tomato cage.

After I cut off the 4 stems as close as possible to the smaller ring, I cut pieces of cotton rope about 12 inches per tendril.  I used 3 strand cotton from Knot and Rope Supply, so I had to unwind each 12 inch piece of rope into three separate pieces.  This is kinda tedious, but you can just buy it already as 1 strand if you aren’t particular about the look.  I have been doing macrame for a while, so I am very quick at this, and I like the wavy aesthetic of the unwound rope.

Next, turn your tomato cage upside down so that the largest ring is on the bottom.  The rough stem cut off spots should be top.  You can file these down or place something over them as I did with the beads.  You will hang each piece of rope onto the first small ring via Lark’s Head Knot, which we talked about in the last post (my first how to!), so if you can’t remember how to do that, just go to my “Simple Bunting” post.  Once all are mounted all the way around the ring, you can start with your pattern, or you can just let them hang loose.  Either way, you have a gorgeous plant stand.  I decided to do a medley or sampler of various patterns and knots, and it took me quite a few days.  I would say if you just want to hang the rope on all 3 rings (the bottom ring is the base, so no rope), then it should take 1-2 hours.

Lastly, just find a medium-sized terra cotta pot, or pot of your choice and just add a plant that is really going to take off.  You can also add another plant to the third ring.  The pot will obviously need to be a bit bigger.  The water from the upper pot will drip into the lower so keep that in mind when choosing the bottom plant.  Also, lighting will not be as great unless you shorten the rope to say 4-6 inches around the 2nd ring, so that light can pass through.

Not only is this plant stand beautiful, it is also highly mobile.  Take it outside when it’s nice, and it looks great out front of your house.  You will get lots of compliments and conversations from it.  You can just spray paint it and add just a few embellishments if you don’t want to whole hog it so to speak!  I added some wood beads where the stem was cut because it is sharp and I have kiddos.  I could’ve also painted them, or made some clay baubles.  The sky is the limit with creating, which is why I love it so much.  I even single crocheted around the long vertical stems so they would be covered for a different kind of look.  You could do the same if you prefer crochet as your medium.

I will update this post with a short YouTube tutorial in the AM, but until then, go ahead and plan your Tomato Cage Macrame Plant Stand!  Tag me on IG with your creation!   I hope you found this post useful!  Remember to check back for the video tutorial.

~EIT🌙

 

 

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