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.


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October 19, 2015 Flag

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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June 11, 2005 Flag

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.

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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

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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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September 1, 2012 Flag

bean trellis

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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.


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August 8, 2014 Flag

finished trellis with vine growing up

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One of the most inexpensive trellises to make!

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June 4, 2010 Flag

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

Easy Trellis for Climbing Vegetables

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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.

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