How to Make Bentwood Trellises


A bentwood trellis is made from pliable or green branches or trunks of small trees (saplings). They are made into small or large size trellises depending on the available space and amount of material available. Bentwood trellises are used to support vining plants and vegetables as well as provide decoration for the garden. Several trellises can be linked together to form a fence or wall and make a bigger impact in the garden. Small bentwood trellises can be used to decorate indoors. Use wood from trees known to be decay resistant such as cedar or pine.

How to Make Bentwood Trellises

Step 1

Dig two holes with the shovel 2 feet deep and 3 feet apart in area where you want trellis to be located. Place one end of each sapling in each hole so the two saplings are standing upright and 3 feet apart. Pack soil tightly around bottom of saplings. Wear safety glasses and garden gloves during the trellis-building process.

Step 2

Bend one of the pliable saplings down toward the other and secure the top of the bended sapling into the other sapling by wrapping wire around the top of the bended sapling where it joins the sapling that is still standing upright. The top of the bended sapling should be about halfway down the length of the straight sapling. Wear safety glasses during the process. Use enough wire to secure bent saplings tightly because you can be injured if the wire comes undone and the bent sapling is suddenly released.

Step 3

Bend the other sapling over the top of the other sapling and secure with wire. The two saplings should create on oval shape when both saplings are bent and secured. Use wood screws and a screw gun to fasten saplings together for additional support.

Step 4

Place a variety of pliable limbs within the oval created by the two saplings and secure with wood screws using the screw gun and wire. Use your imagination to make any pattern desired -- for example, hearts or a crisscross pattern.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 green or pliable saplings cut 10 feet long and 1-2 inches in diameter at widest point
  • Variety of pliable limbs 3-5 feet long
  • Wood screws
  • Electric screw gun
  • 16 gauge wire
  • Shovel
  • Safety glasses
  • Garden gloves


  • Grit: Making a Bentwood Trellis
  • Knowitall: Making a Bentwood Trellis
  • University of British Columbia: Fiskars Bentwood Garden Trellis Project
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About this Author

Based in Rockdale Texas, Jim Gober has been writing garden-related articles for 25 years. His articles appear in several Texas newspapers including The Rockdale Reporter, The Lexington Leader, The Cameron Herald and The Hearne Democrat. He is a Master Gardener and Certified Texas Nursery and Landscape Professional. He holds bachelor degrees in English Writing from St. Edward's University and Finance from Lamar University.