How to Build a Small Trellis


Building a trellis doesn't need to be complicated or a huge project. If you have a small space where you want to place a vine, a small standing trellis will work fine. Build a small trellis with a single piece of wood and a few tools. It will take about an hour and you can grow any flowering vine on it. This trellis is not meant for vegetable-bearing vines or heavier vines.

Step 1

Lay the wood flat. Using the measuring tape, mark a 3-foot section, a 1-foot section, two sections at 2 feet each and a 6-inch section. The 3-foot piece is the back, the 2-foot pieces are the side arms, and the 1-foot piece and the 6-inch piece are cross posts for support.

Step 2

Cut the wood where marked to create the five pieces of the trellis.

Step 3

Measure eight inches from one end of the 3-foot piece. This is the end that goes into the ground. Measure from the opposite end two feet and mark. This is where the two arms will connect with the main post. From the same end, measure and mark a spot at six inches. This is where the cross support will be placed. Take the 1-foot piece and measure from either end to the middle (six inches) and mark. This will be where you connect the cross beam with the post.

Step 4

Place the cross beam and place it at the 6-inch mark on the post, making sure the mark on the cross beam is facing you. Drill a screw through both pieces of wood.

Step 5

Place the smallest piece at the 2-foot marking at the bottom of the post. Drill a screw through both pieces of wood.

Step 6

Connect the 2-foot sections to either side of the cross posts to form a "Y." Drill the screws into position and check to make sure everything is snug.

Things You'll Need

  • 1-inch-by-1-inch treated wood 8-1/2 feet long
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Saw
  • Drill
  • 1-1/2-inch wood screws
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