How to Build a Rustic Trellis Out of Branches


Create an inviting space to your garden and outdoor landscape by building a branch trellis. Install the trellis inside your garden or along a wall for a dramatic focal point. Use limbs and twigs found around your yard or visit your local home improvement store for treated wood you could use to create a beautiful trellis. Plant flowers and vines up your trellis for a natural wall of blooms that will give your space a vibrant and colorful design. Use the trellis to break up two spaces in your yard as a makeshift wall or lawn partition.

Step 1

Pick out a surface that is level so your trellis is straight. Remove all weeds and small rocks to ensure a smooth ground surface. Rake the ground to remove any remaining debris or weeds.

Step 2

Look around your yard and outdoor space for old branches and twigs you could utilize for your rustic trellis. Young branch saplings are very flexible and can be manipulated into tight-fitting areas of your trellis. After pruning trees or shrubs, consider using those to help create the trellis structure.

Step 3

Measure the spot in which the trellis will live to help to ascertain the correct dimension of the trellis. Create an outline to refer to as you start building the trellis. Take into account any heavy vegetables or flowers you might cultivate to help choose the appropriate width and height for supporting heavy fruits.

Step 4

Attach the branches together with wire and nails. Crisscross the branches over one another and form a lattice-shaped pattern. At the cross section of each twig or branch, hammer in one or two small nails. Wrap wire around each cross section once for added support. Secure the ends by twisting the wire.

Step 5

Allow one quarter of the rustic trellis feet to be sunk into the ground. Dig a hole and place the branch feet into the holes and fill up with soil. Press around the base of the trellis for a secure fit. For added support, secure the branch trellis to a garden fence.

Step 6

Plant creeping vines at the base of the trellis like honeysuckle or grapevines. Water the plants twice a week to allow the roots to become fully established.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake
  • Branches
  • Measuring tape
  • Wire
  • Nails
  • Shovel
  • Creeping vines


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Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on and Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.