DIY Tomato Cage Plant Stand

A tomato cage plant stand made from a tomato cage that you use in the garden? Yup!

I know, sounds strange. Stick with me though and let me explain.

A few weeks ago I went to the Kane County flea market, which is the mother of all flea markets around here. You can find just about anything there, from a vintage mail holder found in an old barn to plants to rusty giant letters. You name it, it’s there.

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Anyway, I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, just enjoying walking up and down the aisles checking everything out, when I saw some vintage olive buckets. I’ve been wanting one but I’ve never seen them at the flea, so when I saw that this giant, rusty beauty was $55, I knew it was coming home with me.

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I’ve been looking at smaller olive buckets on and off for quite a while and I always thought I would use it in the house somewhere, but once I got this one home and saw how big it really was, I knew it would have to go on my deck with a beautiful Kimberly Queen fern inside. The only problem with it was that it needed a little height. I was trying to figure how to get it up in the air when I saw the tomato cages that the hubs had just put in the garden to hold up the tomatoes.

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I didn’t measure anything but as soon as I turned it upside down, I knew it would work. The hubs though, had some doubts.

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To get the size I wanted I used a hacksaw to cut the 4 posts and the bottom ring off. 5 minutes and I had an official tomato cage plant stand.

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Then I put my bucket in to check the fit and it was perfect, and surprisingly sturdy.

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I liked the fit but I wanted to add just a bit of color to the cage. Rust-Oleum spray paint in Hammered Bronze was the perfect choice.

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It was just the touch it needed.

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A little bit of drying time and I had a “new” plant stand for my vintage olive bucket. All I had to do was to add a fern and it was ready for a photo shoot.

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I never knew I wanted one but now I can say that I love my tomato cage plant stand. 😉 And it goes perfect with my easy DIY garden markers.

What projects are you working on right now? We’re working on the kitchen remodel this weekend. I’m hoping to share an update soon.

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  1. Brenda
    Friday,July 24, 2015 / 7:19 am

    Great idea! Is it heavy enough that it won’t tip over? I love the purple “tunia” in the white tea kettle.

    • Kristi
      Saturday,July 25, 2015 / 2:39 am

      Actually, it is Brenda. That was my first concern but it seems pretty sturdy. I didn’t plant the fern in the bucket either, I just placed it in in it’s plastic pot.

  2. Friday,July 24, 2015 / 8:05 am

    Hi Kristi, I hope that you are enjoying your summer.

    Love the olive bucket!

    • Kristi
      Saturday,July 25, 2015 / 2:40 am

      Thanks so much Tara!

  3. Friday,July 24, 2015 / 8:26 am

    You are so creative and that olive bucket is just dreamy!! 🙂

    • Kristi
      Saturday,July 25, 2015 / 2:41 am

      Awww, thanks Kim! The olive bucket is pretty awesome. 😉

  4. Friday,July 24, 2015 / 12:28 pm

    I love my olive bucket. It looks good with a fern (the way you have it), so I may go to the nursery and pick up a nice big fern this weekend.
    Michelle from

    • Kristi
      Saturday,July 25, 2015 / 2:36 am

      I’m really loving my ferns Michelle. Last year was the first time I’ve ever had one. They are so easy to care for and don’t shed. Thanks so much for stopping in.

  5. MaryJean
    Friday,July 24, 2015 / 12:55 pm

    Great job! Love the tea kettle, too!

    • Kristi
      Saturday,July 25, 2015 / 2:32 am

      Thanks MJ. I’m still trying to figure out the best way to use the kettle. Happy weekend!

  6. Friday,July 24, 2015 / 5:40 pm

    First let me say that I hope that is not you cutting the tomato cage. Awful hairy arms and legs for a woman. LOL Love your plant stand. The bronze pain made it perfect.

    • Kristi
      Saturday,July 25, 2015 / 2:31 am

      Thanks Debbie! Oh my goodness Debbie, so funny. I was telling hubs, before you commented, that I should say that I’ve not grown man hands but I do have a male model. LOL Hubs won’t use my camera so he is stuck posing for pics.

      Have a great weekend!

  7. Monday,July 27, 2015 / 3:01 pm

    Seriously too clever….and I will be making a few for myself! thanks for sharing your creativeness!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,July 28, 2015 / 1:16 am

      Awww, thanks Cathy. I’m sure you could make them look great in your beautiful garden.

  8. Tuesday,July 28, 2015 / 6:58 pm

    Cool idea! 🙂

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,July 29, 2015 / 2:39 am

      I appreciate it Rhonda, thanks!

  9. Tuesday,July 28, 2015 / 7:26 pm

    What a smart idea! Olive buckets are on my wish list. The Kimberly Queen ferns look so pretty in there.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,July 29, 2015 / 2:40 am

      Thanks so much Stacey! I think it was meant to be because the bucket fit perfectly. 🙂

  10. Wednesday,July 29, 2015 / 6:29 pm

    I just love Blog Land sometimes because I never knew there WAS such a thing as an olive bucket until reading your post! 🙂 This was a fun read 🙂

    • Kristi
      Thursday,July 30, 2015 / 12:54 am

      Too funny. I’m glad I could bring you up to speed on the ever popular olive bucket.

      Thanks for stopping in. 🙂

  11. Thursday,July 30, 2015 / 8:11 am

    What a clever girl you are. Love this idea. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

    • Kristi
      Thursday,July 30, 2015 / 11:41 pm

      Thanks so much Jo!

  12. Thursday,July 30, 2015 / 7:53 pm

    What a great idea! I love that you painted it bronze. So creative. I have been wanting a rusty olive bucket but don’t want to pay the price!!

    • Kristi
      Thursday,July 30, 2015 / 11:46 pm

      I know what you mean AnnMarie. I didn’t want to spend over $100 for a bucket but when I saw it at the flea market for $55, I knew it was a great deal for such a large bucket.

      Thanks so much for the nice comment and for stopping in.

  13. Thursday,July 30, 2015 / 9:30 pm

    Oh I just LOVE this – so perfectly rustic and vintage – and what a genius way to add height !
    It’s just perfection !

    • Kristi
      Thursday,July 30, 2015 / 11:51 pm

      Awww, thanks so much Suzan. That means a lot coming from someone as creative as you are. 🙂

  14. Sunday,August 2, 2015 / 3:31 pm

    Love your olive bucket! And, thanks so much for sharing the idea to use tomato cages as container stands. I have a pot on my back porch that could use a stand – hoping to try this. Saw your post at Between Naps on the Porch’s Metamorphosis Monday – thanks for sharing!

    • Kristi
      Monday,August 3, 2015 / 3:22 am

      Thanks Carolyn and welcome. I’m so glad that you stopped over from Susan’s and that you liked my tomato cage container stand. I hope you’re able to try it, it really was so easy. 🙂

  15. Tuesday,August 4, 2015 / 7:31 am

    Kristi – Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. Stop by today and check out my Tuesday Treasures where you will see your Plant Stand featured! I absolutely love the bucket. You made this look so easy! AS always I love your creativity!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,August 4, 2015 / 11:24 pm

      Aww, thanks so much for your sweet comment Debi. I’m honored that you would choose to feature my project.

  16. Janele
    Tuesday,August 4, 2015 / 8:39 pm

    That is just so clever! I really like the clean, unobtrusive appearance of that upside down tomato cage -the planter almost appears to be floating. Those cages come in different sizes too, so could be grouped together to stagger heights, etc. A copy worthy idea, for sure.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,August 5, 2015 / 12:20 am

      Thanks so much Janele. I love how it turned out. I’m sure it would look awesome to have a grouping in different sizes, great idea!

    • Kristi
      Thursday,June 2, 2016 / 3:03 am

      Thanks so much, Pamela!

  17. Tuesday,May 31, 2016 / 8:35 pm

    That olive bucket is gorgeous and I LOVE the plant stand!!!! Genius!!!

    • Kristi
      Monday,June 13, 2016 / 11:24 am

      Thanks so much! 🙂

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