Can you really make a DIY tomato cage plant stand from an old, rusty tomato cage that you use in the garden? Yes, yes you can!
I know, it 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, 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. 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.
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 we had just put in the garden to hold up our young tomato plants.
I didn't measure anything but as soon as I turned it upside down, I knew it would work.
Roger though, had some doubts. He alway has doubts when it comes to my projects.
To get the size I wanted I used a hacksaw to cut the 4 posts and the bottom ring off.
Five minutes and I had a DIY tomato cage plant stand (way before they became a popular thing).
Then I put my bucket in to check the fit and it was perfect, and surprisingly sturdy.
Can you spray paint tomato cages?
The tomato cage that I used was old and a dull colored gray.
I wanted to add just a bit of color to it so I pulled out the hammered bronze spray paint.
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 DIY plant stand.