DIY Outdoor Christmas Trees – Made out of Tomato Cages, 100 ct Strand of White Christmas Lights, and a Bag of Zip Ties. We made FIVE. Cost was $5.56 a piece to make. Our nieces came over, and whipped out the 5 trees in less than an hour. So, for $27.80, we now have a beautiful display of lights in the yard! The nice thing is, not only do they look fabulous… We are going to use the tomato cages come gardening time! Sweet deal! This is another EASY DIY that is FAST and FUN to do with kids. They will be proud of their work and less inclined to beg for the next giant lit up thing they see at Costco. So, get your “A” game on, and let’s get this party started! Like I said, you will need 3 things: 1. Tomato Cages ($1.96 each @ Lowes) 2. 100 ct Christmas Lights ($2.69 each @ Lowes) 3. Tie Straps (Bag of 100 @ Lowes for $4.59). You will only need to increase your number of cages and lights as you go. You should have plenty of tie straps in the one bag. You’re realistically going to use about 15 tie straps on each tree. Okay… Let’s get started. I’d like you to meet my nieces, Elli, Emma and Baylee. They are the girls in charge. Uncle Tim is their assistant. Check out the photos and see the process, read the captions to get instructions. Feel free to click on the “Red Stamp” box in the upper corner and leave me a comment if you have any questions, concerns or comments. Okay, let’s go! =) On a side note: I apologize for the hazy and blurry pics. Most of you know I’m sick and in treatment. I didn’t have my “A” game on today, but I sure tried! =D

Elli is ready to head out to the yard to begin assembling the Christmas Trees!

Elli is ready to head out to the yard to begin assembling the Christmas Trees!

Emma has her shoes on and is ready to go... Where's Baylee?

Emma has her shoes on and is ready to go… Where’s Baylee?

Found her!  Uncle Tim looks like he's ready to attack some trees too!

Found her! Uncle Tim looks like he’s ready to attack some trees too!

The top of the tomato cage is loose.  We use some wire that we had laying around to close it up and make it functional.

The top of the tomato cage is loose. We use some wire that we had laying around to close it up and make it functional.

See.  Note"  One could use electrical tape, a strong rubber-band, and other various options.  We liked this one.

See! Note* One could use electrical tape, a strong rubber-band, and other various options. We liked this one.

The girls quickly learned how to wrap the wire and tie it off.

The girls quickly learned how to wrap the wire and tie it off.

They worked really well together.

They worked really well together.

I was actually quite impressed!

I was actually quite impressed!

More close ups of the wire wrapping.

More close ups of the wire wrapping.

Elli's turn... with the assistance of her sisters.

Elli’s turn… with the assistance of her sisters.

See how they left a little bit of wire from the tomato cage exposed at the top.  This is intentional.  We will be utilizing that space.

See how they left a little bit of wire from the tomato cage exposed at the top. This is intentional. We will be utilizing that space.

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I love how quickly the girls made this project their own.

Baylee is finishing off the wire wrapping on the top of her tomato cage.

Baylee is finishing off the wire wrapping on the top of her tomato cage.

Now it's Emma's turn, and Bay's assisting her.

Now it’s Emma’s turn, and Bay’s assisting her.

Teamwork

Teamwork

Uncle Tim giving instructions on how the lights are going to be strung.  They all look like they're being punished, don't they?  Ha!

Uncle Tim giving instructions on how the lights are going to be strung. They all look like they’re being punished, don’t they? Ha!

Elli decided to tackle a tree!

Elli decided to tackle a tree!

She had the help of her sisters.  It was so cute to watch them all together.

She had the help of her sisters (and uncle)… It was so cute to watch them all together.

Elli was a stud with the tie straps!

Elli was a stud with the tie straps!

Uncle Tim helping with the final touches on the fifth tree... and...

Uncle Tim helping with the final touches on the fifth tree… and…

Everybody say, "WE ARE SWEET!!!!".... because LOOK... your beautiful trees!!!

Everybody say, “WE ARE SWEET!!!!”…. because LOOK… our beautiful trees!!!

Ta-Da!!!!  Check these babies out!!  Would you buy that for $2?

Ta-Da!!!! Check these babies out!! Can you say, “FABULOUS?”

The girls were stoked...

The girls were stoked…

We were stoked...

We were stoked…

When their parents showed up, they were stoked!!!  These are just rad trees!

When their parents showed up, they were stoked!!! These are just rad trees!

We decided to check one out in the house to see it before it got dark.  We loved it!  We knew it was work making the other four!

We decided to check one out in the house to see it before it got dark. We loved it! We knew it was worth the work of making the other four!

Now for Silly Times with Baylee...

Now for Silly Times with Baylee…

And Emma...

And Emma…

And Elli... Then it was in to the house to make tacos and have a family dinner.  FUN!!!

And Elli…
Then it was in to the house to make tacos and have a family dinner. FUN!!!

Dinner with the Todd Family (my sister's fam)... Such a blessing!!!  Check out the trees the girls made outside the window behind Tim!

Dinner with the Todd Family (my sister’s fam)… Such a blessing!!! Check out the trees the girls made outside the window behind Tim!

Around the table.

Around the table.  We went all out with the fancy paper plate China.  I was just too beat to do dishes.

So blessed and happy!

So blessed and happy!

I felt great contentment today.  I feel so blessed to have been given the family I have.  The Lord is so good.  He has given me beyond measure.

I felt great contentment today. I feel so blessed to have been given the family I have. The Lord is so good. He has given me beyond measure.

And those tacos were stinkin' good tonight!

And those tacos were stinkin’ good tonight!  And those trees look pretty stinkin’ cool outside too!

Almost as good as the fellowship... but not quite!   Merry Christmas!  Hope you have the opportunity to do a fun project that is reasonably priced with you kids, nieces and nephews or just for fun!  They look amazing!  Drive by our house and see... but please... If you do drive by, at least leave me a note.  =D

Almost as good as the fellowship… but not quite!
Merry Christmas! Hope you have the opportunity to do a fun project that is reasonably priced with you kids, nieces and nephews or just for fun! They look amazing! Drive by our house and see… but please… If you do drive by, at least leave me a note. =D

Thanks for hanging out with our family today!  A special thanks to Emma, Elli and Baylee for making this blog for us!  They’re ROCKSTARS!!!  From our family to yours, we sure hope you seize the opportunity to have this fun time with your kids.  They loved it, and we’re all enjoying the outcome.  It was quality time that cost less than a trip to the movies, and it gave us irreplaceable memories and left us with tomato cages that will be useful come spring, along with reusable lights and cages that are suitable for the same purpose come next Christmas.  Can’t beat that!  So, let us know if you decide to jump on board and have some “Tomato Cage Christmas Tree” fun! We’d love to hear about your experience!  Please do come back and share with us!  Also, remember there is a red stamp at the top of the post… If you have any questions, comments or just feel like chatting… Click there, and it’ll put you right to the place to make a post to me.  I check back quite frequently.  I will get back with you as soon as I am able.  I get so excited to hear about everyone’s adventures.  I know there are many of you who comment of Facebook too.  =)

Okay, have a blessed day and the count down is REALLY here!  Merry Christmas and happy shopping for all of you who are still making your purchases.  I still need to get some stocking stuffers!  Yikes!

Blessings,

Amie Joy (reyajoy)

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