How to Build a Simple Trellis


If you have vining plants, you need to support them. A simple trellis is an easy way to do this--and it may only call for things already around your home and garden. Use pretty branches that have fallen down from a tree on your property, if you have them in the right sizes. Bamboo canes can be purchased from many garden supply centers, and are a beautiful and renewable source of strength. Lash either kind of supports together for a strong, unique and simple trellis design.

Step 1

Measure the space where you want to put your trellis. Determine the width and height that the finished trellis should be.

Step 2

Choose between two easy trellis shapes: grid-style (like a tic-tac-toe board) or fan-style. Consider your branches or canes to see which style they lend themselves to. Leave at least 6 inches of uncrossed supports at the bottom so you have something to pound into the ground.

Step 3

Measure and cut the branches or canes to fit your trellis design. Cut grid-style trellis pieces to the same length. Cut fan-style trellis pieces so that the main supports are uniformly tall, and so the crosspieces are longer for the top and shorter for the bottom.

Step 4

Place the pieces for your trellis on the ground as it will look when complete. Make sure you are not missing any pieces. Adjust any pieces as necessary.

Step 5

Lash the pieces together at the places where they intersect. Begin in a corner and work your way over along the crosspiece, securing it to the supports as you go. Continue in the same manner along the other crosspieces.

Step 6

Pound the completed trellis into the ground with a mallet. Be gentle, but firm, with your strokes.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Long, thin branches or bamboo canes of different lengths
  • Twine
  • Side cutters
  • Hacksaw and/or utility knife
  • Mallet


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About this Author

Amrita Chuasiriporn is a professional cook, baker, and writer. In addition to cooking and baking for a living, Chuasiriporn has written for several online publications. These include Chef's Blade, CraftyCrafty, and others. Additionally, Chuasiriporn is a regular contributor to online automotive enthusiast publication Chuasiriporn holds an A.A.S. in culinary arts, as well as a B.A. in Spanish language and literature.