Here's what you need for the large outdoor Christmas trees:
- 54" metal tomato cages - Home Depot sells them in the garden section for less than $4 each
- Garland - Dollar Tree sells 15' garland for... $1 (obvi). I needed 8 pieces of garland for each of the large trees, and a two for the smaller tree for a total of $20 in garland.
- String of 100 lights for each large tree
- Strips of scrap burlap (optional)
- Gold Star Topper - Dollar Tree
But let's back up a little bit...we started by placing one of the tomato stakes on the floor upside down so it looked like the shape of a tree.
I began wrapping one 15' section of garland at a time around starting at the bottom. The first two inches of garland or so I would bend around the tomato cage to keep it in place.
The wide part around the bottom takes a lot of garland. I wanted mine pretty close together so my trees were as full as possible and so I couldn't see the cage.
I originally planned to just have the two taller trees, but when I spotted my sad tomato plant and the awesome shape of the cage I decided it would get a new home on my front porch, too.
Here's the tutorial for the small potted Christmas tree...and the tut on the Pottery Barn knockoff 'Be Merry' sign and the details on how to make a burlap bow (in 30 seconds or less).
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