A garden trellis is made of latticework or interwoven rods or strips of wood, bamboo, or metal. Trellises provide support for climbing or vining plants. The plants' vines curl between the open spaces in the trellis, enabling the plant to climb higher. Most trellises are plain, and serve as a blank canvas for people who want to decorate their garden trellis to reflect their personality or decor.
Paint the trellis with paint primer. Allow the primer to dry completely, according to the package. Some primers dry within a couple of hours, while some require a full 24 hours to dry.
Paint the trellis in the color of your choice. Use colors that match or complement the exterior paints of your home. Alternately, use a neutral color and accent this with small painted flowers or symbols where the rods or strips cross one another.
String mini-lights or rope lights through the openings of the trellis. White lights are neutral, and match any decor. If you prefer, use lights that reflect your outside decor, or the holiday or occasion.
Plant a climbing plant at the base of the trellis, and allow it to climb up the rungs of the trellis. Some examples are ivies, pothos, and climbing roses.
Decorate the trellis for weddings or outdoor parties with long pieces of silk ribbon or swaths of light, flowing fabric. Organza and tulle are lightweight fabrics that dance in the breeze. Choose colors that match your party's theme.