How to Build Your Own Trellis


Build a sturdy and long-lasting trellis using branches found around your yard and outdoor space. Branches, twigs, downed trunks and hedge posts can be found in wooded areas and make for a sturdy trellis. Local home improvement stores carry treated wood that can also be used for the project. Nestle your trellis within a perennial garden or backyard courtyard. Use the trellis as an entryway into another part of your yard, creating separate outdoor spaces. Grow flowers and vegetables on your trellis to create delicious meals for friends and family and add a colorful decorative design.

Step 1

Pick a level spot in your back yard or garden to build and house your trellis. Remove all debris, including small rocks and twigs from the area. Rake over the soil to ensure the surface is smooth.

Step 2

Look around your back yard and outdoor area for tree branches and tree trunks to use in making your trellis. Young sapling stems are easily bent and pliable and can be incorporated into the design. Keep your costs low by using branches and twigs, which will create a sturdy design. Alternatively, local home improvement stores carry treated wood that can be sawed down to create a trellis.

Step 3

Measure the area where the trellis will sit to help determine the exact dimension of your structure. Create an outline to guide you through the building process. Think about possible plants like vegetables, which can be heavy, you might grow on your trellis to help determine the ideal height and width.

Step 4

Use galvanized garden wire and nails to attach the branches together. Crisscross the branches over one another, creating a lattice-shaped design. At the cross-section of each branch, wrap the wire around two to three times and twist the ends to secure the branches to each other. Repeat this process until you have reached the correct height and width for your trellis. Wet any sapling branches beforehand to ensure a pliable stem to use in hard-to-reach spots inside the trellis.

Step 5

Keep one third of the bottom of the trellis to use as the feet of the structure, which will be buried into the soil. Dig a hole in the ground and place the feet of the trellis into the soil. Fill up the sides with soil and press down firmly for a tight fit. If you need extra support, attach the trellis to a fence or garden wall.

Step 6

Plant colorful vines and flowers at the base of the trellis. Creeping moonflowers and grapevines will create a vibrant design and come back every year. Water the vines twice a week until fully established.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake
  • Branches
  • Measuring tape
  • Galvanized wire
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Shovel
  • Plants


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Callie Barber is a writer and photographer in North Carolina. Her work has appeared in Forbes and Automotive News magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.