How To: Trash To Treasure – Plant Stand Edition

Have you ever wondered how to take a throw away item and turn it into something useful? If your answer is YES, then this is the post for you! Today I’m sharing how I took a left over tomato cage and transformed it into a beautiful plant stand.

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Plant Stand Tutorial

A Little Back Story

If you have been around my Instagram account for any amount of time you know that I am a brave NEW houseplant mama. For years, Y-E-A-R-S, I brushed off my potential to keep anything alive except my 4 small children. Now, they are getting a tad older and semi – self sufficient. Because of this, I decided that 2020 would be the year that I take on something new. 

Well, let me tell ya. I’m kind of a go big or go home kind of person and I’ve accidentally (on purpose) acquired a total of 6 (!) houseplants in the past month. Yep. I said MONTH. 

In this past month I have managed to give them all of my plant babies names and decorative homes. I have also downloaded an app to keep track of their care/watering schedule. I’m an overachiever, I know. 

The latest grouping of plants were purchased with some birthday money. In this trip I was looking for plants for a few specific places in my home, one being a taller tree—like plant that I could use to fill an empty space on my back porch in the summer, then bring it in for winter. 

The Plant Stands will go Here
back porch furniture

While out shopping,one day, I came home with a rubber tree that sat about 20” off of the ground. I knew I needed to figure out a way to make a stand for it. When looking around my garage I had a light bulb moment. I suddenly remembered a hack that I had recently seen on pinterest. I could make a plant stand out of a tomato cage! You know, the kind you use in a vegetable garden.

tomato cages

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Plant Stand Project Supplies:

  • Tomato Cage
  • Spray Paint (optional)
  • Yarn of Choice
  • Jute Twine
  • Glue Gun
  • Plant in a Planter (I also spray painted my planters)
plant stands

I have purchase a few of my houseplants locally but If you are looking for great places to purchase house plants online I’ve also purchased from HERE and HERE.

The original hack that I found is from Ashley at Handmade Haven. It is 3 simple and straightforward steps. 

The Original Plant Stand Hack

Step 1:

Remove the hanging legs. (I did this by flipping the cage upside down and bending the legs back and forth until they snapped off.

Step 2:

Spray paint the cage in the color of choice.

Step 3:

Flip the cage upside down and insert the planter into the top. Done!

At this point they were “finished” but they were a tad to plain and ordinary for my taste. I began searching through my craft cabinet for a reasonable solution and stumbled on a roll of jute and some leftover yarn. After quickly grabbing my glue gun, I was ready to jazz these planters up!

yarn, jute twine and a hot glue gun

I chose two colors of yarn that would compliment my porch decor and also incorporated the jute. After deciding what order I wanted them to go in, I used a dab of hot glue to secure them to the tomato cage. 

gluing yarn and twine to a tomato cage

Next, I began wrapping the yarn/jute around the top two tiers of the tomato cage adjusting the strands so they would lay in the same pattern with every wrap.

wrapping yarn and jute twine onto a tomato cage

When the perimeter was complete I used another dab of hot glue to secure the ends to the starting spot. 

I took a few extra minutes to separate the strands of yarn/jute with equal spacing so they would take on a “weave” like pattern.

I made a second stand the same way with different yarn then finally placed the planters into my newly made stands!

Didn’t they turn out so cute!?!?!

finished plant stands

This project was so simple and easy and since I had all of the supplies around my house it was also FREE!

Please send me a picture if you decide to try this project! I always enjoy hearing that you were inspired by something that I have created! If you enjoy my content I would love to connect with you over on Instagram where I share easy woodworking projects, home inspiration and real-time DIY!


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