Thursday, February 9, 2012

Tomato Cage Topiaries

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Yes, you read that correctly - Tomato Cage Topiaries.  I love topiaries so much that I made not only one, but two topiaries out of tomato cages and I LOVE THEM! 
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My Love, not so much - he hates topiaries! sorry babe!they're not going anywhere!

Remember my recent find on SuperBowl Sunday?  I couldn't pass up two cheap tomato cages and as I stated before in my previous SuperBowl Sunday {Curbside Edition}post Here, why buy them when you can grab them for free?


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DIY Tomato Cage Topiaries via Curb Alert! blog http://tamicurbalert.blogspot.com

Here they are and not too shabby I must say.  Must not have been much of a green thumb because looks like nothing much was growing on here.   You may recall what these are used for, hence the name.

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Well we have this guy and he eats everything in sight, including Internet stalkers, so that is out of the question.  Notice how he is laying in the bushes and knocked over my yard decor?  He looks really mean here, doesn't he! (GROWL DOG, GROWL!)


Now on to these beautiful fabulous topiaries.  I am so proud of myself that I implemented my crafty plan in only a few days.  It helps that my materials were easily found at our Dollar Store.   They had some 4' leaf garland and floral wire so I purchased all of the ivy looking vines that they had.  I believe I spent around $32 total for this project and it took me only a few hours to complete.

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DIY Tomato Cage Topiaries via Curb Alert! blog http://tamicurbalert.blogspot.com

This floral wire was amazing and so easy to use with it's own little cutting device, snap and you're done!

I tied up the top of the cage wire, draped the garland from top to bottom and then meticulously wired the garland onto the cage at every intersection.  I used 15 strands of garland for each topiary.  I may go back to add more when they restock their ivy but for now I think they turned out great.

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DIY Tomato Cage Topiaries (tutorial) via Curb Alert! blog http://tamicurbalert.blogspot.com

It was so easy to attach since the garland had little loops at both ends.

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There are gaps where you can see through but that's okay, everyone knows it's fake greenery  feaux anyway, right?  I filled in the parts I didn't like with a few more similar plant pieces that I cut up from other greenery I had on hand.  Not exactly the same but that doesn't bother me, overall I like the look of it.
I am sure Hobby Lobby carries fuller garland but I am not willing to spend $19.99 and $29.00 per strand, this girls on a budget so Dollar Store will suffice! 

DIY Tomato Cage Topiaries (tutorial) via Curb Alert! blog http://tamicurbalert.blogspot.com

It still didn't seem finished so I used a finials that I had on hand and toilet paper tubes and constructed a little topper for each topiary.  It looked a little shotty at first but once I painted it, it really was the perfect added touch that the topiaries needed.

DIY Tomato Cage Topiaries (tutorial) via Curb Alert! blog http://tamicurbalert.blogspot.com

DIY Tomato Cage Topiaries (tutorial) via Curb Alert! blog http://tamicurbalert.blogspot.com

DIY Tomato Cage Topiaries (tutorial) via Curb Alert! blog http://tamicurbalert.blogspot.com

Don't they look great!  I think they are cute with the red planters and pillows.
Perfect for Valentine's Day.
Quite impressive towering over this short girl at six feet tall!

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Did you happen to notice the other items on the porch?
I included links in case you want more details:

Red pillows:  $10 ea Walmart (2011)
Red Planters: Found Curbside
See more about them HERE
Bench:  $25 Kroger (2010)
yes, the grocery store!
Wreath:  Found Curbside
Along with other Junk HERE
Glittery M:  I Made it
See how I made it HERE
Doormat:  Home Depot (2005)

I had such a fun afternoon putting these topiaries together.  I hope you enjoy them as well :)

Happy Treasure Hunting!
~Tami

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Update:  My friend Allyson commented below, questioning if it may fade over time.  I am going to spray it with some clear poly spray.  I've done this before on other outdoor projects and it worked great!  For $30 bucks it can't hurt, right?  Now off to find that poly spray!!!
Thanks for the reminder Allyson :)


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