This is less of a how-to and more a basic idea that you can use to create plant stands of all sizes! I saw a photo on Pinterest a long time ago of someone using an upside down tomato cage as a plant stand and thought it was super clever. When we moved into our house, the previous owners had left a few old metal tomato cages behind.
I figured I'd never have use for all of the tomato cages in my garden, so I brought them inside to use with my plants. I love how simple these plant stands are to make and how clean they look. They do a great job of keeping my plants up and away from pets and in the sunlight. :D
Best of all, I'll show you two easy ways to make plant stands out of tomato cages. We'll cut through the cages with a Dremel for one stand, and use our hands and pliers to bend the next stand into shape.
Step 1: Tools + Materials
You won't need much:
- Metal tomato cage
- Dremel + metal cutting wheel OR
- Pliers (for bending)
- Gloves (for bending)
- Safety goggles (if you're gonna be cutting!)
- Spray paint (optional)
Make sure to wear your PPE if you decide to go the power tool route and cut the cage's legs off. Also: I didn't wear gloves when bending the legs, but you may want to if you can't get a good grip.
Metal tomato cages come in a large variety of sizes, so shop around to find cages to fit the pots you'd like to make stands for. These are fairly large: with the legs cut off they stand at about 18 inches tall.
Step 2: Cutting the Tomato Cage
This is the cleanest and simplest way in my opinion. :)
Cutting the legs off is easy with a Dremel! I made sure to use the cutting wheels to smooth out the edges of any cuts I made. I also used the cutting wheel to cut off the tiny metal pieces that were extending beyond the bottom hoop.
Step 3: Bending the Tomato Cage
I found it hard to cut this gauge of wire using handheld wire cutters, so I played with bending a few tomato cages.
In the end, this is what I came up with! By bending the legs down and around each other, you end up with a nice sturdy plant stand that doesn't wobble.
Step 4: Enjoy Your New Plant Stands!
Here's a photo of both of the stands next to each other for reference, and a close up of my gorgeous Thanksgiving cactus <3
If you make your own stand, please post a photo for an I Made It! below! I'll send you some instructables goodies :D