ISO an idea using tomatoe cages

dcdc(6AONT)January 6, 2004

for our Christmas Charity Bazaar. Would love to hear from you and Happy New Year to you all!!

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mamabirrd(z5/6 PA)

I've adorned them with wire and beads and when a container is placed on top you can either have a birdbath or feeder. When flipped over you can curl the ends which are normally poked into the ground with a pair of pliers and add little bells. It is an interesting piece of garden art that "jingles" in the wind, rain, or when the birdies land on it.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2004 at 8:28AM
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Hi mamabirrd - This sounds really neat. Would love to see a picture of one of your creations. They sound very whimsical and very different and this is what our group tries to come up with. Thanks so much.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2004 at 10:32AM
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mamabirrd(z5/6 PA)

Sure! I wish I had a picture to send, and a scanner to send it with! Sorry, you will have to use your imagination but I can assure you that it's quite simple. Just go to the craft store and look for embelleshments. I like all kinds of beads, be it glass or wooden, but there are so many different things you could attach. And as far as the wire goes, a local home improvement store should sell all kinds. I've even used a thin, copper wire that looked nice. And don't forget about paint. You could paint the cage any color using Krylon paint suitable for metal. I need to work on getting a scanner hooked up, as I have so many pics I'd like to post. Maybe if I wasn't so busy growing plants and doing craft projects I'd get it done, lol! Well, give it a go and let me know how it turns out. Have fun!

    Bookmark   January 7, 2004 at 2:40PM
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mamabirrd(z5/6 PA)

Sorry, forgot to mention that you can use terra cotta pot saucers (which also can be painted) for the birdbath or feeder, depending on the size of the cage. Happy new year.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2004 at 2:44PM
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annsb(zone 6)

On the msn forum there is a pic of a birdbath made with a tomato cage and a light fixture that is stunning. Hopefully you don't have to be a member to view it.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2004 at 5:20PM
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Had a look at the site - Super!! Many thanks

    Bookmark   January 8, 2004 at 9:13AM
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lgaukin(z5 OH)

I recently took out all my shrubs in the front yard and had nothing to hang Christmas lights on this year. I took tomato cages, put them upside down with the wide base at the bottom, and wrapped with garland (took 24 feet) and mini lights. Bought some tent stakes and staked in my front flower bed. They looked great!

    Bookmark   February 10, 2004 at 12:53PM
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A few years ago, everyone around here was making angels with the tomato cages. The krinkly craft paper that you unroll was used for the skirt, wings and arms...a paper covered ball was used for the head and the hair was moss...the tomato cage was the skirt

    Bookmark   March 10, 2004 at 6:47PM
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I've wrapped wild grapevine vines around & around tomato cages, wiring as I go, if necessary, to keep the vine wrapped tightly. Then, when done, I scroll-saw a very primitive wooden star, drill a hole in the star & hot-glue it to the top of my grapevine 'tree'...and then wrap the tree with very showy clear mini lights for night time magic. I've used miniature tomato cages to make table-top sized trees, as well. The mini ones sold like hotcakes!

    Bookmark   March 17, 2004 at 6:57PM
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Thanks for all your great ideas.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2004 at 9:34PM
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