Welcome to the Thrifty Style Team’s tour for May! So after you check out my DIY cottage garden tower please hop over and check out what the other ladies created this month.
DIY Cottage Garden Tower
It’s May which is my busiest month in the garden for me here; I’m on the zone 5b/6a line. I went a little nuts at a local plant sale….can you relate…and have so many plants to find homes for!! One of the flower varieties I grabbed was a black-eyed susan vine in the prettiest tangerine color. They are the most delightful and easy to grow vining flower.
Now I needed to find a place for it to grow. I’m hoping to create a sweet cottage garden this season so I wanted something that looked like I found it in an English garden…and not cost a fortune! So, I decided to create something on the cheap.
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1. Start with a tomato cage
A 4 foot tomato support that was super cheap and kinda flimsy is exactly what you want for this tower!
2. Bamboo supports & spray paint
To make this tower I also used five 4-foot bamboo garden supports and Rust-Oleum copper colored spray paint.
3. spray paint the tomato cage and bamboo
Next, I gave the tomato cage and the bamboo supports a quick spray of the copper metallic spray paint; I love the Hammered spray paints from Rust-Oleum!
4. Seagrass Rush
If you are using the seagrass rush I highly suggest you soak it for about an hour to make it more malleable and easier to work with.
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5. Putting the tower together
After the spray paint dried it was time to put it together. I gathered the bamboo at the top and secured the pieces together with a big elastic. Then I took the bottoms of the bamboo and popped them inside the top metal ring of the tomato cage; I also spread them as evenly around the tomato cage as I could…don’t stress if they don’t want to stay even.
6. Time to wrap the tower!
Starting at the top, I wrapped a generous amount of the rush around and did a simple knot to secure it (it also covers the elastic).
Then I moved to the bottom, I tied a simple knot around the base of the cage and started wrapping the rush around the outside of the rings. You can wrap as much around depending on how thick you want your band to be.
To finish each section I tied a knot then cut off the extra rush.
I wrapped the rush around the tomato cage where the 3 metal rings were and I also wrapped it one more time near the top of the cage.
After I had wrapped the circumference of the tower I went back and wrapped the rush around the bands vertically as well (see the above picture).
Don’t worry about the loose ends now…wait until the end and then give them all a trim once you are done!
Finished cottage garden tower
Isn’t it super cute??!! I’m making a few more too! For my next one I’m going to cut off the largest ring and make a shorter version ( that’s another reason a more flimsy tomato cage is good!)
You can check out some of my other DIY plant supports HERE.
7. Time to plant!
First I popped the garden tower into a large pot. I’m going to secure it in place with garden staples after I take pictures.
Isn’t that the happiest little flower??!!! I planted 2 of these Proven Winner Tangerine Slice A-Peel Black Eyed Susan Vines in the pot.
Don’t worry, the rest of that garden will be planted…check back to see my progress in the upcoming weeks (I have so much to do!!!
That’s going to be the space where my cutting garden is going to go…more raised beds to be built this weekend. Here’s a closer look at my garden expansion.
this is how the tower looks now!
I love gardening! Here are some other things to check out…
For The Gardening Fans
Now please go check out what all my Thrifty Style Team friends are up to today!
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DIY Beautify – How to Upcycle a Berry Wreath
2 Bees In A Pod – Decoupage Vase with Napkins – Dollar Tree Project
The How To Home – DIY Hurricane Candle
Sweet Pea – How to Make Citronella Candles
What Meegan Makes – Vintage Embroidery Hoop Shadow Box
I Should Be Mopping The Floor – 5 Ways to Display Free Printables
Lora B. Create & Ponder – Upcycled Old Garden Fencing Cloche How To
White Arrows Home – Vintage Brooch Magnets
Our Crafty Mom – Round Side Table Makeover With Napkins
Chas’ Crazy Creations – DIY Candle Holders
Cottage On Bunker Hill – DIY Cottage Garden Tower
Vinyet Etc – DIY Plant Stands From Vintage Stools