Saturday, December 22, 2012

Last Minute Decorating

Christmas is only a few days away, but there is still time to do a little festifying around the house if you haven't done so yet. We have an easy, fast and relatively cheap option for putting up some cute little Christmas trees outside your door, or wherever you happen to need a little more Christmas cheer. We saw this idea on pinterest and it is originally from here but we did a little tweaking to make it work a little better for us.

Here is the list of what you will need:
  • Tomato cages
  • Poster board (we used black to help it blend in)
  • Christmas lights
  • Garland
  • Tape
  • Bricks or something else to hold down the tomato cages so they don't blow away in the wind
So, to get started get out your tomato cages from the garage since no one is growing tomatoes this time of year anyway. Set them upside down where you want your Christmas trees, and if you are putting them outside you might want to have something to help weigh them down; we just put a brick across the bottom of the cage to help in case of wind.

I know it doesn't look like much right now, but it will turn out looking great. And in case you are wondering if you can skip the next step (poster board) and go on with the wrapping, here is what our tree looked like before we added the poster board step.  A warning for those with a weak stomach, it isn't pretty.

We also learned from that sad, ugly little tree that it is better to wrap the lights first and then the garland after. So next, take your poster board and wrap it around the tomato cage taping it shut to give it a more conical shape. We used two pieces of poster board, but how much you need would depend on the size of your tomato cage.

After the poster board you add the lights. We started at the top so and worked our way down so that the lights wouldn't be able to slide up the "tree". We also added tape every now and then to help keep them in place.

Finally we added the garland. We used a 50 foot garland for each tree just to make sure that it looked nice and full when we were all done. Just as with the lights we started at the top and worked our way down wrapping the garland as we went. We taped the end of the garland to the top of the tree and then just tucked the bottom end underneath the brick that was holding the whole tree down. 

 Once it is all put together it looks a little something like this. 

And at night (please forgive my poor nighttime photography skills). 

So there it is, a simple 15 minute project to bring a little more cheer into your Christmas. Merry 
Christmas to all and to all a good night!


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