Making a Garden Trellis

You can support your climbing vines and personalize your garden by making your own unique trellis. This is a guide about making a garden trellis.


October 19, 2015 Flag
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Next time you have nice long flexible branches laying around, make a nice heart
trellis like my husband did for me. If I recall right, it was branches from a mulberry

bush we cut down. He twisted baling wire around to attach smaller branches, kind of woven. It is still good as the day he did it, Spring 2013

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October 20, 20150 found this helpful

Sweet. Thumbs up!

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October 22, 20150 found this helpful

This is so nice! Listen up everyone, you can also do this with Grapevine. You can make any design that you like. Just collect the vines. You have to soak the vines 24 hours so they will be pliable. I have a large black container that trees come planted in. I make wreaths , also I have made large garage door size wreaths. You may use any size container you can get. Hey what about a 5 gallon bucket to soak in 24 hours, pour the water out, flip the bucket upside down. Then sit on it. Wrap the Grapevine around the bucket inner twining the vine, take it off and lay flat to dry in sun. You can spray any color you like. I use brown. Costly in Craft stores. My Grapevine grows on our Fence and up and all over the shed out back. This is the time of year to get your vine - I don't know if you can get seeds for a vine. You know I never thought of doing a Heart Trellis. It sure looks caring. TigerEyes

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June 11, 2005 Flag
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I'm attempting once again to grow birdhouse gourds. They work well in hills with a lot of area to spread, but I don't have a large area to spare. They also will climb, so I'm trying it this way this year. I needed a trellis, and made my own from items I already had in the house.


I have three plants in an oblong plastic planter, like a window box. I screwed in 5 eyebolts on the rim of the plastic, evenly spaced.

I wanted my trellis to stretch to the upper part of my back porch, which is sided in rough-sawn cedar. I centered a cup hook over where the center of the planter will be placed. I measured one foot and inserted another cup hook, placing two more to the left and two more to the right of the center hook. This makes a span of 4 feet, giving my trellis a gentle fan shape. You can use any measurement you want.

I used crochet cotton which I already had. I'm sorry that I don't know the yardage I used, but it wouldn't take a lot. You can use sturdy yarn or twine, maybe even ribbon. First, I threaded the string through all five of the eyebolts on the plastic planter , ending with the far right, and tied a knot. Then I strung the string up to the cup hook in the cedar and back down again to the same eyebolt. I held the string under the eyebolt, pulled it to the next eyebolt to the left, then up to the cuphook and down again.

When all 5 vertical strings are done, bring the string up against the end string about six inches, or to the vertical measurement you want. I didn't measure this part. Tie a half-hitch knot in the string, then again. Bring the string to the second vertical stringer, tie a double half-hitch again to anchor it.

Repeat across until you reach the 5th stringer. Step back and see if the horizontal string looks level to you, if not the knots slide up and down the string a bit for adjustment. Take your string vertically along the end stringer to the distance you want and tie double half-hitch again, then go across the stringers.

Keep going in this pattern until you come to the top of the stringers, cut string after the final knot. I didn't worry about sagging horizontal strings, I was making mine for utility, not beauty. The funny thing is, before I was finished, the middle plant had already grabbed ahold of the string to climb.

Here's the finished trellis:

By Donna

July 17, 20050 found this helpful

hi you did a great job !!! you could also use sticks and make a woven trellis....I was watching Smith on tv...he uses alot of sticks in his garden ...gail2656

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July 23, 20050 found this helpful

This is a wonderful idea and one I have done as well. I planted sweet peas in mine and had a wall of sweet peas that smelled wonderful and looked fantastic.

Did the string hold up the gourds? That would be my only concern!

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August 3, 20050 found this helpful

I found out that the string held the plants just fine, even through some straight-line strong winds we had with storms. When I got gourds on, though, I didn't realize how heavy they would be. I simply crocheted a chain stitch with the same string, so it ends up being 3-ply, and tied a knot so it's a loop around the stem of the plant where the gourd is, and also around a hook in the cedar at the top. I have two gourds on and the plant has totally filled in the trellis.

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June 12, 20060 found this helpful

What a great should submit this to a garden mag. What a lovely shade maker! The one thing I question........ghords are very heavy....will the crochet cotton be strong enough to hold the weight and be able to maintain strength while exposed to wet, hot weather conditions over the long, hot summer?

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May 16, 20120 found this helpful

September 1, 2012 Flag

Our kids planted pole beans this year and we needed a simple trellis for the beans to grow on. My husband found some pieces of 2x2 wood, leftover from another project, and cut 3 pieces to the same length. He sunk them into the soil in a triangle formation around where the plants were growing. Then he wrapped thin rope around the wood for the vines to climb on. It has worked really well.

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September 2, 20120 found this helpful

This is much more attractive than any of my husband's bean trellis solutions. I'll suggest he do it this way next year for sure.

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August 8, 2014 Flag
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One of the most inexpensive trellises to make!

finished trellis with vine growing up

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June 4, 2010 Flag
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Use hard wood branches you have pruned to at least five feet long in your garden as a trellis for climbing vines. It's perfect for sweet peas or peas. Looks absolutely pretty too.

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May 12, 2014 Flag
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Attach the end of a string to a bamboo stick or any other wood tutor. Stitch tutor vertically into the ground. Attach a stone at the other end of the string. Put the stone next to the baby plant.

Easy Trellis for Climbing Vegetables

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