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