5 Uses for Tomato Cages: UPDATED!

Greetings!  I am finally back with the completed projects that were enumerated on my previous post!  It took a little longer than expected as the kiddos had spring break, and a few days of school being called off, which means, no time to blog.  😦  And I shot how to video for this post and then my phone crashed. At any rate, I am sure you will be intrigued to see how the projects turned out and how you can re-purpose some tomato cages for your self!  Let’s Make It!

  1.  Tomato Cage as Macrame Planter.   Ta-done already.  See previous post here Crafty Uses for Tomato Cages
  2. Tomato Cage as Macrame Trash Basket.  Here goes…
  • Supplies Needed:  Tomato Cage, Scissors, Measuring Tape, Wire cutters or Bolt Cutters, T Shirt Yarn or Rope/Cord, Circular Wood Disk or Circular Cardboard Cut Out, Clear Plastic Liner, Fabric glue (optional)

Step 1:  Cut the Tomato Cage down to only 2 rungs.  You can do this at the top, using the two smaller rungs as I did, or you can do this from bottom up, using the 2 larger rungs.  Totally your choice.

Step 2:  Gather your Yarn, Rope or Cord, and cut 34 strips the length of 36 inches each.  Then, cut one 35th strip approximately 60 inches.  As you will see the frame that the tomato cage makes consists of 4 sections.  One section, I decided would just be woven back and forth, over under for more of an exposed, rustic look.

Step 3:  Lark’s Head Knot 30 strips into the 3 different frame sections, and put the other 3 strips on the vertical bar as if you are placing your coat on a coat hook.  You will be spiral knotting these down the vertical bars so as not to leave them exposed (Tip: they can also be single crocheted if you prefer that look!).

Step 4:  Decide your design for the 3 sections of 30 strips.  I decided on a basic alternating square knots pattern through out one section, a half hitch horizontal bar pattern for another section, and a mixture of various knots for a 3rd section.  And finally, section for was just my weaving in and out of the top circular rung and bottom circular rung giving it an open, woven motif.

Step 5:  Measure your circular disk and cut it down to size for the bottom floor of your trash receptacle.  Or, grab a piece of card board (I used a piece of USPS priority box) measure the bottom diameter floor of the cage, and cut it to size.  Then, just push it to the bottom of the basket until it catches.

Step 6:  Tie any loose knots, add some fabric glue so that they do not unravel (if needed), and cut any strays off.

Step 7:  Throw in your trash, recycling, or use it as a basket to store craft needs!

Come back tomorrow for the 3rd Use, Tomato Cage as Tiered Storage.  Until then, happy making!

EITM

 

 

 

 

 

 

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