Yes, you read that correctly: I made Tomato Cage Topiaries. I love topiaries so much that I made not only one, but two out of tomato cages and I LOVE THEM!
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 post here, why buy them when you can grab them for free?
Here they are, and not too shabby I must say. The original owner must not have been much of a green thumb, because looks like nothing much was growing on here.
Since these are tomato cages, what more appropriate name, than tomato cage topiaries?
How To Make Tomato Cage Topiaries
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.
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.
It was so easy to attach since the garland had little loops at both ends.
There are gaps where you can see through but that’s okay, everyone knows it’s fake greenery faux 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 girl’s on a budget so Dollar Store will suffice!
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.
Don’t they look great! I think they are cute with the red planters and pillows. Perfect for Christmas AND Valentine’s Day. Quite impressive towering over this short girl at six feet tall!
Front Porch Decorations I Used
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
- Red Planters – Found Curbside – See more about them HERE
- Finial – $5 Yard Sale – Read about my Garage Sale Weekend HERE
- Bench – $25 Kroger – 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
I had such a fun afternoon putting these topiaries together! I hope you enjoy them as well 🙂
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 🙂