How to Make Tomato Cages

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I am so excited to share my tomato cages DIY. It’s an easy and fun project that anyone can make. They are inexpensive and look so amazing.

Yesterday I shared all of my tips for growing tomatoes. So many of you reached out to ask where I bought my wood tomato cages. Since I made them, I thought it might make sense to share my Tomato Cages DIY.

You Made that?

Three years ago I made these “well-weathered” tomato cages. My handyman did the cutting but I did everything else. I was barely blogging at that time and, unfortunately, I forgot to take photos and document how I made the cages. 

A year ago I acquired a set of tools and I decided it was time to make the tomato cages and document the DIY. Just for the record, this was my first set of REAL tools, ever. 

I set out all of my tools and soon my two grown sons, Matt and Michael, were at my work table and sharing with me their tool safety guidelines from Shop Class with Mr. Rainey in the 7th grade. 

Oh brother. 

How to Make Wooden Tomato Cages

Then they started lining up the boards for cutting.

The next thing I knew, they were posing for photos.

My Two Assistants

I appreciated their input but soon realized my project had been hijacked. I now had two assistants who were in charge.

But I am not stupid, so I welcomed their help.

What You Need to Make Tomato Cages 

Wood for Tomato Cages

(All items listed are to make one tomato cage.)

Four 8ft. long, 1″ x 2″ Spruce Pine Fir Boards

Approximately 30 Flathead, multi-material screws, 1 1/2″ 

One wood decorative Finial (with a screw on the bottom) 

How to Make Tomato Cages

Cut the Boards

Measure each 8 ft. board to cut one each of the following sizes: 58″, 12″, 10″, 8″ and 3″. (You will have three of the 3″ boards leftover.) 

Cut board sizes

Since I (we) were making four cages, I (we) cut 16 total boards.

Cutting the Wood

All safety precautions were followed, including goggles, long pants, covered shoes, and more …

Carefully Cutting the Wood

Pre-Drill the Holes

While the boys were cutting, I predrilled holes for the screws. The holes should be drilled about 3/8″ – 1/2″ from the edge.

Somehow I was able to do this job entirely by myself.

Leslie Driling Holes

I drilled one hole in the center at the end of each board, except for the 3″ board. On the 3″ board I drilled two holes on each end, as seen below. Please note you only need one 3″ board per tomato cage.

Drilling holes in the Wood

Mark the Boards

Next, mark each 58″ board at 30″, 40″, and 50″ from the top. These are the locations where you will place the horizontal boards.

Place two of the 58″ boards on a flat surface with one end of the boards flush. Next place the 8″ board 30″ from the top. Place the 10″ board, 40″ from the top, and place the 12″ board 50″ from the top. Spread out the 58″ boards so that the 12″ board lines up first. Secure with screws and do the same for the 8″ and 10″ boards.

Attach with Screws

How to Assemble the Tomato Cages

Make two of these sides for your tomato cage.

Begin to Assemble the Cages

Place the two side cages on a flat surface and add the three remaining boards on both of the open sides.

Assembling the Tomato Cages
Adding the Sides to the Tomato Cages

Be sure to keep the top ends of the tomato cage flat. 

Securing the Tops

Add the Finial

Next, drill a hole in the center of the 3″ piece. The hole should be slightly smaller than the screw in the bottom of the wood finial top of the cage.

Top Piece for Tomato Cage

Attach the 3″ wood piece to the top of the tomato cage with four screws, using the drill holes as guides.

Attaching the Tops with the Driver

Secure tightly.

Using the Hart Driver
Finishing the Top of the Tomato Cages

Attach the decorative finial by screwing it into the drilled hole.

Adding the Finials

The cages are done!

Finished Building the Tomato Cages

Don’t they look fabulous in my raised vegetable garden? Believe it or not, I even mixed new and old cages.

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I do have to admit that these new cages are made much better than the older cages. I think I might go back and try to repair the ones I made three years ago. The finials weren’t attached securely. (And guess who thinks these are better because of their handy 7th-grade woodshop skills? No comment.)

Matt and Michael loved them too. Although these tools are MINE, they are very excited about my their new tools.

New and Old Tomato Cages

I absolutely love how these tomato cages were made. And the cost for each tomato cage was about $8.

Video How to Make Tomato Cages DIY

To really get a sense of what this day was like, watch the video below! You will see that my project really was hijacked. Hahaha.

And one last thing, I need more ideas for more DIY’s so I can keep these two busy. Send the ideas my way!


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  1. Beautiful job boys!! Ok now lets start on those tabletops.
    I know you are enjoying having your boys home.

          1. Leslie…..
            Seriously, girl ! Is there ANYTHING you can’t do? I highly doubt it! Love these tomato cages!! I just thought of a great DIY for the boys….send them down to my house! I’m sure I could find lots of things to keep them busy!
            Have a great summer, and enjoy your time with your family.

  2. They look so much better than my metal ugly ones! We also have something that eats our lettuce and now that the tomatoes are coming in we have wrapped a netting around them. What do you use to keep pest away? I’m in Pasadena so we might have some of the same bugs etc.

  3. Thank you! I sent your post to my husband and he made them for me. He is finishing the last one right now. Can’t wait to put them in the garden.

  4. I am soo inspired! These are just great and I think I may have to try it even though I have never😜worked with anything but a cordless drill! One question…would you recommend using redwood so they wood last longer?

  5. Will the cages keep birds out?

    Also, do you have a printable plan for these cages?

    Good work!

    Dr. Bob Ricker

    1. Thank you for reaching out. All of the directions for the tomato cages are in the blog post, including dimensions. As for birds, you can add netting if that is a concern. I don’t have any issues with birds getting into my tomatoes, but they do love my blueberries, which are netted. 😊

  6. Love them! Where do you get the final? I am looking online and they tend to be pricy. Not sure if there is a good place to get them.

  7. I can’t wait to make these with my kids! Thanks for sharing the plan.
    Last year my dad and son made us a lettuce box which kind of looks like a raised bed with a hinged lid with a screen to keep bugs off of the lettuce and the screen diffuses the water from the sprinkler so the lettuce doesn’t get as dirty from dirt splashing up. I will see if I can find a way to share a picture.

  8. I loved hearing your boys were using the skills they learned and developed in 7th grade shop class with Mr. Rainey! I am a retired middle school FHACS (Family Health and Consumer Sciences) teacher and taught foods, sewing, and consumer skills for 30 years. I have had many former students share with me that they have used the skills they learned in middle school in their adult life! Unfortunately, these classes are no longer taught, as school administrators feel students are taught these skills at “home.” Students begged and made petitions to have the classes reinstated but they never were! Such a missing hands on skill set for our students! (All of the shop classes were removed as well!)

  9. Great project! Love the tomato cages and what savings versus purchasing one, especially when you need several of them! Can you tell me where you found your wood finials. They really make the cage look nice.

    1. I got mine at The Home Depot where I bought the wood for the cages. Just make sure that you get the one that has the screw in the bottom so that you can screw it right into the top of the cages! Good luck with your project Beth. If you make them, post a photo on Instagram and tag me, I will share you!

  10. I had my hubs make these for me last year. Thank you so much for the great idea ! They really are beautiful. I found bird finials on Amazon and used those instead. I love following your blog ! It’s always inspiring.

  11. My husband made three of them for me last year and I love them. I stained them walnut and put a urethane on them so now they are a lovely dark brown and will last a lot longer. Thanks so much for the pattern!

  12. Here you go again! More amazing than I already thought you were.
    I just love these, will see if hubby can get the grandkids to help him with this project.
    They are gorgeous, almost too good for tomatoes, maybe Climatis would work as well?
    Keep up the good work, you keep inspiring!

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