Trellises and stakes in your garden are a means to support your plants, but they can also be decorative. You can make your own trellises and stakes for the garden with copper pipe, copper tubing and copper foil. Each of the copper materials will age beautifully into a rustic, greenish patina. Copper also holds up well in your garden over time; as long as the stakes and the trellis are inserted deep enough into the ground, your plants will be secure.
Copper Garden Trellis
Cut three 3-foot sections of copper pipe. Cut six 18-inch sections of copper pipe. Cut six 2-foot sections of copper pipe.
Insert the straight end of a copper T fitting onto one end of a 3-foot copper pipe. Attach an 18-inch pipe to the remaining straight end of the T fitting. Attach a T fitting to the open end of the 18-inch pipe. Insert another 18-inch pipe to the straight end of the T fitting. Attach one of the 90-degree fittings to the end of the 18-inch pipe. Make sure that all of the fittings are facing the same direction. Solder each of the connections. Apply flux before you heat the copper with a propane torch.
Repeat Step 2 to make the other side support for the trellis.
Attach a copper cross fitting onto one end of the remaining 3-foot-long copper pipe. Attach an 18-inch pipe into the top section of the copper cross fitting. Attach a cross fitting to the open end of the 18-inch pipe. Attach another 18-inch pipe to the straight end of the copper cross. Attach the bottom of a copper T fitting to the open end of the 18-inch pipe. Make sure all of the fittings have connectors facing to both sides. Solder the connections. This is the trellis' center support.
Connect the center support to both of the side supports with the 2-foot-long sections of pipe. Solder all of the connections.
Insert the copper trellis 18 inches into the ground.
Cut a 2-foot long section of soft copper tubing. Drill a hole all the way through one end, 2 inches from the tip. Curve the same end to form an upside-down U. Place a flower, butterfly, hummingbird or other small template onto your copper foil. Trace the outline onto the foil and cut it out.
Puncture a hole in the top of the copper foil shape. Cut a 6-inch length of 24-gauge copper wire. Insert the wire halfway through the hole in the copper foil. Twist the wire together.
Insert the twisted wire into the drilled hole on the tubing to create a decorative garden stake. Secure the copper foil shape to the tubing by wrapping the wire around the tubing.
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