How to Build a Wall Trellis


Adding a trellis to a wall can be useful as well as decorative. Plants that vine such as jasmine or honeysuckle will cover a trellis in no time. With a trellis attached to a wall, you will be able to plant vines close to a structure and give them support. This will especially work well when the size of the gardening area is limited. Attaching the trellis to the wall is not as hard as you probably think. If you can use a drill and measuring tape, you will have your trellis installed fast.

Step 1

Use a piece of plastic lattice that you can purchase at your local home improvement store, as the main portion of the trellis. Purchase it in one sheet and cut it to size, if needed. The lattice may only come in a standard size of five foot in length and width.

Step 2

Measure the plastic lattice to the correct size and make a mark on both ends. Saw or cut through the plastic with heavy duty scissors, pruning shears, or use a bow saw. The plastic should easily snap off as you make your cut.

Step 3

Rub off any sharp edges by rubbing the lattice against concrete or by using a file.

Step 4

Use a ¼-inch drill bit and drill a hole into the center of the top corners of the plastic lattice, to make openings for the screws. The bottom portion of the lattice does not need screws.

Step 5

Hold the trellis up against the wall where it will be situated, and level it. Make a mark on the wall where each screw hole is located, while holding the trellis in place.

Step 6

Drill a starter hole in the wall where both your marks are. Drill approximately one inch into the wall, so your screw will easily slip into the hole when you attach the trellis to it.

Step 7

Insert a 3-inch long, ¼-inch screw into the hole on one side of the lattice. Attach two small thread spools onto the screw. Hold the lattice against the wall, lining your screw up with the hole and use your drill to screw it in place. Repeat this step for the opposite side.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic lattice
  • Measuring tape
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Pruning shears
  • Bow saw
  • Drill
  • ¼-inch drill bit
  • Two 3-inch long ¼-inch screws
  • Four small thread spools


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Joyce Starr is a freelance writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawncare, gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.