How to Make a Simple Garden Trellis


Add visual interest to your garden by building a simple garden trellis. Create a focal point to draw your eye into the garden using branches found around your home. Save your pruning clippings to help create a unique design without breaking your budget. Support colorful vines like morning glories and clematis. Over time, the creepers will fill up the trellis and become a lovely structure to admire.

Step 1

Level the surface in your garden where you plan to build your garden trellis. Remove all rocks and debris from the area. Rake over the soil to create a flat and level surface.

Step 2

Look around your landscape and woods for downed tree branches and twigs to use to build the trellis. Branches and twigs are free when found in your own yard and can create a strong and sturdy trellis. Young sapling twigs and branches are also easy to incorporate into hard to reach spaces of a trellis because they are pliable and easily bent.

Step 3

Use a measuring tape to measure the area where your trellis will stand to determine the correct dimensions. Think about any heavy vines, like vegetable crops, you'll grow to help determine the ideal height. Draw up an outline of your trellis design to refer to and help guide you through this process.

Step 4

Attach the branches together using garden wire and nails. Crisscross the branches over one another until you have reached the ideal dimensions. At the intersecting point of each branch, wrap the wire around three or four times and twist the ends together for a secure fit. Keep 1/4 to 1/3 of the whole branch to use as the feet of the trellis.

Step 5

Dig a hole to insert the branch feet. Place the branch feet into the hole and fill up all sides with soil and press firmly down to ensure the branches are secured into the ground.

Step 6

Plant flowers in the ground around your garden trellis. Creeping vines will ensure a vibrant and lush design to your garden. Water the newly planted vines and plants once a week until fully established.

Tips and Warnings

  • Always wear protective gardening gloves when building a trellis.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake
  • Branches
  • Measuring tape
  • Garden wire
  • Nails
  • Shovel
  • Flowers


  • Fine Gardening
  • Sunset
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About this Author

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.