Here’s an old Southern tradition for a quick and easy Christmas tree that’s perfect for the front porch, a nook in your kitchen, or even for your entryway. And all you need are tomato cages! That’s right, just take about four regular sized tomato cages—or one big one if you have it on hand—and turn them upside down to create your “tree”.

If you’re using several cages, simply stack them one by one on top of each other, but raise them up a bit—about three or four inches each—and then secure them with floral wire. Secure each cage before adding another to the stack. Place your “tree” in a decorative plant container to create a secure base.

Now decorate! I love using garland with lights already attached so I can loosely wrap the greenery around the top to the bottom. Using two strands of garland and wrapping each in the opposite direction creates a fuller look to the tree. Since I keep them primarily on my front porch, I like to use tiny bird house ornaments and snippets from the holly bush to trim it out with color. But use your imagination!!

So drag out those tomato cages you’ve stored for the winter and start decorating. You’ll never look at tomato cages the same way again!

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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