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How to Build a Trellis Out of Branches

By Callie Barber ; Updated September 21, 2017

Build a branch trellis to add visual interest to your garden space and outdoor landscape. Adding a focal point such as a trellis will draw your eye into your garden space and around the landscape. Use old clippings around pruning time to build your trellis. Look around your woods and outdoor landscape for sturdy branches that can be transformed into a rustic trellis. Support fragrant flowering vines like wisteria. As the vines mature, the trellis will take shape and create a stunning and inviting addition to your yard.

Pick out a level surface area to house the branch trellis. Remove all debris, including weeds, twigs and rocks. Smooth over the soil surface with a rake. With a carpenter’s level, make sure the surface is flat and level before you begin building the trellis.

Hunt around your outdoor landscape and woods for old tree branches to use for your trellis. Look for old hedge posts and downed tree trunks to provide a sturdy and long-lasting trellis. Young sapling branches and fresh cuttings from a plant are pliable and can be Incorporated into the trellis design. Saw down any larger trunks to fit into your trellis design.

Measure the area where your trellis will stand to help determine the correct dimensions for the structure. Consider the type of plants you’ll grow to help determine the ideal height. Create a blueprint of your trellis to refer to as you build.

Connect and fasten the branches together using wire and nails. Crisscross the branches over one another until it reaches the desired size. At the cross section of each branch, wrap the wire around a few times and twist the ends together for a tight fit. Keep 1/3 of the bottom of the branches to use as the base, or feet, of the trellis.

Dig a hole into the ground where you will place the feet of the trellis. Place the branch feet into the holes and fill the remaining sides with soil. Press down firmly to make certain the branches are secure.


Things You Will Need

  • Rake
  • Carpenter's level
  • Branches
  • Measuring tape
  • Wire
  • Nails
  • Shovel


  • For added support, attach the branch trellis to a garden wall or to the side of your home.


  • Wear garden gloves when building your trellis to prevent scratches and cuts.

About the Author


Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on Travels.com and GardenGuides.com. Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.