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How is everyone making mini trees? Last year I used tomato cages with leds but switching to pixels this year (probably squares) and looking for ideas.

 

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Tomato cages here.  I just took the incans off and put the nodes on.  

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What style did you use and was it hard to keep them uniform or did you just go for a semi messy look?

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I also replaced my single-color LED strings on my tomato cage mini trees with RGB nodes.  I used bullet nodes - not sure how flat ones would look being directional like they are.  I made no effort to keep them uniform - random is just fine with me.  I used 50 nodes per tree, and as bright as they are I'm glad I didn't use more than that.

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All of my tomato cages are wrapped with chicken wire.  I ziptied 100 bullet nodes in a spiral up the tree.    I had 58 mini trees last year.  Adding more for 2017.  I love mini trees!

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I got lucky and WalMart had these "tomato trellis's" that have a spiral pattern to them, replaced my old style with those.
 

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5 minutes ago, caniac said:

I got lucky and WalMart had these "tomato trellis's" that have a spiral pattern to them, replaced my old style with those.
 

I have about 30 more cages out back. I used to have a huge garden. Surprised Walmart would have them this time of year, great find.

 

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actually found them a couple of years ago after someone here posted a pic, took going to two different WalMarts to find what I needed.

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Those are nice, currently out of stock at wally world. They were around $6 when they had them.

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may have them back around April or May.  Found more last spring to add to what we purchased prior year so it may be a common staple.

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56 minutes ago, dibblejr said:

... Beware the sellers are awefully proud of their products.

Holy cow!  That might be the understatement of the month.

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1 hour ago, George Simmons said:

Holy cow!  That might be the understatement of the month.

Yeah, I couldn't believe my eyes! Some good ideas though.

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Hmmm! A Mig welder (runs on 120V) is under $200

Bundles of ceiling grid wire under $30

if you are lucky.to have a metal supply nearby,  3/16 or 1/4 rod is available in 20' lengths way cheaper than those cut lengths.

<tip> strap a long  piece of 2"PVC to your roof rack with a solid plug forward for an easy haul

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I just use tomato cages doubled up and a ton of harbor freight zip ties. But if I find those plastic ones that Caniac uses from Walmart I will probably grab a bunch.

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19 minutes ago, dibblejr said:

I just use tomato cages doubled up and a ton of harbor freight zip ties. But if I find those plastic ones that Caniac uses from Walmart I will probably grab a bunch.

those aren't plastic but 1/4 inch round stock (steel).  for zip ties you need to go to www.monoprice.com, I buy 10,000 zip ties for the price of two packages (100ct) at Harbor Freight.  and that is including the shipping!!  Have a 30gallon tote I keep my zip ties in, have all major sizes and more than a few colors.  Most are black though because that color is also UV rated.

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8 minutes ago, caniac said:

those aren't plastic but 1/4 inch round stock (steel).  for zip ties you need to go to www.monoprice.com, I buy 10,000 zip ties for the price of two packages (100ct) at Harbor Freight.  and that is including the shipping!!  Have a 30gallon tote I keep my zip ties in, have all major sizes and more than a few colors.  Most are black though because that color is also UV rated.

Gonna go there now, I never seem to have enough. Thanks

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and best of all no minimum purchase requirements.

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1 minute ago, caniac said:

and best of all no minimum purchase requirements.

I wish they had some 30" heavy duty. For the boat in case of emergency. I used all of my emergency 30" boat ties for the singing faces this year since I had to have help and didn't want my friend to drive to store.

They do have great prices.

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3 minutes ago, ShayneT said:

Home Depot has some listed but they are pricey.  48" Black  Ties

Those are what I normally get, Walmart, HD and Lowes but I could get away with 30" though. Normally have plenty of excess.

Thanks for looking though, appreciated. Its what most of us here do, look out for one another.

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51 minutes ago, dibblejr said:

I wish they had some 30" heavy duty. For the boat in case of emergency. I used all of my emergency 30" boat ties for the singing faces this year since I had to have help and didn't want my friend to drive to store.

They do have great prices.

I buy all my zip ties HERE . Great prices

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