Thursday, December 1, 2011

Fake Pre-Lit Topiaries

These pre-lit topiaries were all the rage a few years back and I really wanted a pair to put by my front door:

3' Pre-Lit Indoor/Outdoor Freemont Christmas Potted Topiary Tree with
I was always shocked by the price of them, though, so I have gone without....until I came across this downright ingenious post by Lucy Designs.  First, take a look at her topiaries:

Credit - Lucy Designs
Pretty nifty, huh?  Now what if I told you that she made them using old Tomato Cages??? 

Yup!  Just turn that cage upside-down and it's an instant form for a topiary!  I just happened to have a few cages in my garage and some very old pine garland that, truthfully, I was getting ready to throw away because it was looking so ragged.  Wrapped around the wire cage, though, it gets a new life!

With a few lights and decorations, I now have a Winter Wonderland of Topiary Trees for my front porch!

I don't have any fancy planters to put them in at this time (have to wait till yard sale season this spring), but I did scrounge up some other platforms that suited them for now.

Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:

Fake Pre-Lit Topiary (Tomato cages, $0, Garland $0, Lights $4.00), Made 3 Topiaries

Total Fake-It Cost:  $4.00

Compare to this Pre-Lit Topiary:  $76.00 Each (ouch!)

Total Fake-It Yourself Savings:  $224.00

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  1. Another BRILLIANT idea! I've got a couple of boxes of that stuff I NEVER put up - it just looks too ratty from sitting in the box for 48 weeks a year - it doesn't lay right. This looks like a great way to use it!

  2. i keep getting closer and closer to attempting this project! your look fabulous!

  3. wonderful!! i have some old garland i was getting ready to give the heave ho too....

  4. These are gorgeous. What a great idea to use tomato cages.


  5. This is so darling! I want to make one! Do you know how much garland you ended up using to make one? Thanks for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday! We hope that you will come back tomorrow and share more of you amazing ideas!
    Camille @

  6. I love this idea!!! I've been wanting a couple of those topiary trees for my front porch but I've refused to pay the store price. Now I can have the topiaries and not worry about the high store price!!! Thank you so much!!!

  7. Heading to the attic right now! LOVE IT!


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