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Here is a question for you mini tree pros.I put together a couple trees using tomato cages.Wrapped the lights all around but the tree kind of looked triangular not round.Guy i know said try doubling or tripling the cage to get a stronger more rounder look.It just seems like a waste using more cages for one tree.How do you guys solve this.I like the look of the j tree in a pervious post but i dont have a welder.

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Here is a question for you mini tree pros.I put together a couple trees using tomato cages.Wrapped the lights all around but the tree kind of looked triangular not round.Guy i know said try doubling or tripling the cage to get a stronger more rounder look.It just seems like a waste using more cages for one tree.How do you guys solve this.I like the look of the j tree in a pervious post but i dont have a welder.

I made mine using two nested tomato cages for each tree. I think I paid about .88 for each cage. It's cheap and effective. They are nicely rounded and you have more attachment points.

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I just straightened out a coat hanger and tied (with bailing wire) it to the hoops between the three or four verticals, Makes a nice round cone.

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Tried with 2 and i like the look a lot better more of a rounder look to the tree and i offset the uprights so it looks a ton better.Thanks guys..

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I bought 2 foot tall x 50 foot long chicken wire at for 20 dollars.The 33 inch cages you can wrap 14 of them.You only need 1 tomato cage per tree.

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I bought a 50' spool of 16 gauge stainless steel bailing wire ($5.00) and just created more verticle ribs on the cage - looks great.

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I bought 2 foot tall x 50 foot long chicken wire at for 20 dollars.The 33 inch cages you can wrap 14 of them.You only need 1 tomato cage per tree.

I used to do this but then switched to just using 2 cages. I found this was easier then trying to wrap the chicken wire plus it took less time and was cheaper in the long run. They were also easier to stack without the chicken wire on them.

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I used some very heavy duty ocean fishing line I had left over from the last re-spool I did on my reel. I ran it from the bottom ring to the top where there was no verticle steel bar and made it really tight. then I wrapped my cage with lights. This kept from adding a large amount of weight to each tree and the line does not block the lights from the opposite side.

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I put together a couple trees using tomato cages.Wrapped the lights all around but the tree kind of looked triangular not round.Guy i know said try doubling or tripling the cage to get a stronger more rounder look.It just seems like a waste using more cages for one tree.How do you guys solve this.I like the look of the j tree in a pervious post but i dont have a welder.

This is an inherent flaw in the tomato cage "trees". An easier way to get "mini trees" that look like trees is to use CoroTrees. http://www.holidaycoro.com/CoroTrees.asp

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I made my own version of the "j" tree out of floral easels. I also wrapped mine in garland so they look like real trees during the day. They are open on one side (like the "j" tree), and that allows me to stack them for storage. When I saw the idea originally I loved it, but like you, I didn't have a welder so I made due.

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I actually liked them being open on one side. It allowed me to tuck all the LEDs so that they were pointing out toward the curb. (like a coro tree) I also hid two controllers inside each one. They actually helped protect them during the two feet of snow and ice that lasted 2 months. I'm making six more four color trees for next year and at $2 for a floral easel with all these advantages, I will be making the rest exactly like this.

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I like the Floral easels as well. Michaels keeps them in stock and they only cost a couple of bucks. I have 4 now and will be adding 4 more this season. I wrapped them with Red, Green, White and Blue 120 count LED Mini Lights (480 total). This year I will be able to control each tree and each color individually using 32 channels. I think I may be addicted.

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