Did you make shoe boxes into Barbie Dream Houses?
Perform any other magical transformations of the mundane into the fantastic?
If you are saying…”Yes me, I did that!” Or even..”Gee, I like when people do that”…then this post is for you.
Re-purposing is the name of the game today my friends.
Repurposing comes naturally to me.
When I was little shoe boxes did become the Barbie dream house. (I had the camper, but had a deep longing for the HOUSE ) In college last year’s text books became my bedside table.
As a homeowner & blogger, I have transformed many old things, useless things, things destined for the landfill into something new and useful. My biggest transformation thus far is my old indoor sectional couch re-purposed into a “new” couch for my patio. Click here for that transformation.
Today let’s repurpose a tomato cage into a lovely Christmas tree…shall we?
People like “Christmas in the Summer”. Me, I’m trying to ‘live in the moment’, but…tomato cages will not be available all over come December. So let me plant the seed of this project in your mind now. You can buy a cage & save it or get swept up in the fun and make a tomato cage Christmas tree right away!
The really fun part about this tomato cage Christmas tree re-purpose is that once you have the basic idea you can create an infinite number of trees using different decorations. For this one, I decided on a palette of pink & gold as I had these fabulous vintage pinecone ornaments on hand.
This is what you will need to re-purpose a tomato cage into a Christmas tree:
- One tomato cage;
- Twine or durable string;
- Needle & thread ( optional );
- Ribbon ( wired is best );
- Decorations ( including something special for the top ).
That’s all you need! Oh, and your imagination, of course…
Let’s get started!
- Tie together the prongs of the tomato cage with twine/strong string;
- Reinforce the top knots with glue (if you are a girl who likes packin’ heat, a hot glue gun is great. If not regular craft glue works fine);
- Tie your ribbon around the prongs ~ secure with glue and/or a stitch or two;
- work the ribbon around the cage as you like it, just as you might garland on a real tree;
- Depending on your ribbon & how you want it to lay on the tree, you may need to sew a few stitches here & there;
- Play with the ribbon until you get it the way you want it, stitch if necessary and/or glue in place;
- Dab a bit of glue over the stitches to secure the ribbon;
- Wrap ribbon around the top prongs to cover & secure with stitches and/or glue;
- Top the tree with a decoration that will sit securely on top of the prongs (Covered styrofoam ball are great. I used a nest purchased at Michael’s );
- Decorate the rest of your tree;
- Stand back & admire your tomato cage Christmas tree!
Hope you enjoyed re-purposing a humble wire cage into a sparkly Christmas tree.
That was almost as satisfying as taping together 5 shoe boxes & bending Barbie to fit inside!
** Kelly **