Weekend Projects: 5 Creative Ways to Build a Garden Trellis

In the backyard, a simple (or simply brilliant) DIY trellis provides visual interest at eye level, while serving as scaffolding for plants that love to go vertical.

You can buy a trellis, sure—but where’s the fun in that? With no sacrifice in function, a unique DIY trellis separates your garden from the others on your block. And you get to choose the design, customizing the structure to your exact specifications. From free-standing trellises to ones that integrate with the house, there are countless projects, ranging from sophisticated woodworking to quick and easy repurposing. Scroll down to see five of our favorite ways to create a DIY trellis.

 

1. BREAK WITH TRADITION

DIY Trellis - Chevron

Photo: smileandwave.typepad.com

Foregoing the traditional square pattern, Rachel at Smile and Wave based her DIY trellis on a chevron pattern that zigzags across five tall stakes. The diagonal members are actually repurposed wood shims, each cut with a hack saw and nailed into place. To finish, Rachel painted the trellis a crisp, eye-catching white.

 

2. TURN THE CORNER

DIY Trellis - Corner

Photo: especiallycreativebroad.wordpress.com

Defy gravity with a DIY trellis modeled on this wonderful construction from Especially Creative Broad. It goes up and over the garage door, not only providing ample room for climbing plants to thrive, but also adding decorative detail to a primarily utilitarian and typically characterless part of the home.

 

3. REWORK A RACK

DIY Trellis - Painted

Photo: sybilalfano.com

Artist Sybil Alfano found the perfect way to grow vines in a container. It starts with an inexpensive accordion-style peg rack. Next, embellish the rack with a series of pencils, both to disguise the original purpose of the rack and to lend more support to climbing plants. Finally, paint the DIY trellis in a bold color of your choice.

 

4. STUDY STRING THEORY

Photo: fortheloveofskinny.com

For this unconventional DIY trellis, courtesy of Morgan at For the Love of Skinny, you need only a handful of materials: two bike tires, gardening string, a threaded metal rod and matching nuts. While the tire spokes add decorative flair, the string guides the growth of plants upward—in this case, sweet peas.

 

5. EAMES MADE EASY

Photo: JoAnn Moser, curbly.com

Inspired by the work of Charles and Ray Eames—in particular, a color-studded coat rack the couple designed and made world-famous—this DIY trellis project (from the good folks at Curbly) lets you take your love of modernism into the backyard. If you were seeking out a summery woodworking project, look no further!