Today’s project is amazing for several reasons. It cost me NOTHING. Yep. Nothing. I happened to have all the items I needed already around the house. It took me MINUTES. Again, seriously under 20 minutes. And, it solved a Christmas decorating irritation that I have had for years!
I love the look in all the catalogs that shows a beautiful, festive front door Flanked by 2 evergreens. For me, I am not a fan of the ones with lights, because I don’t care for all the cords and am fine with a simpler look. I have tried planting small evergreens in urns, but have never had much luck with them living. I have purchased small faux trees, but they are always lit and very triangular. So after years of seeing this project on Pinterest, I finally decided today was the day.
I literally tore the tomato cages out of my dying garden. I didn’t even clean them off. I set them upside down in my urns (from which I had just cut away my summer ferns). I pulled the stake portions together and wound them with a sandwich bag twist tie. Next I went and grabbed some of my “seen better days” garland from my garage. (Yes, this would have been an expense, but these are so old they shed terribly and no longer look good on my porch rail, so they were destined for the trash before their lives were miraculously saved!) I began at the top point and wound the garland around the cages (actually I wound the cages around the garland because it was easier). I set the new “trees” back into the urns, did a minimal amount of fluffing, and voila! I now have trees flanking my front door made from things destined for the garbage! They are the perfect width and height, they could be lit if you prefered, they could also have ornaments if you like. I am really quite pleased! I may even make a few for my back deck!