Upcycled Garden Trellis

Got wood?

Better Half and I love nature and natural looking surroundings.  That doesn’t mean we don’t have the odd man-made sculptural piece or two scattered throughout our gardens, but it does mean we try our darndest to use and reuse what nature has provided.   We’ve picked up and reused more rocks than anyone on the planet, and since we have a plethora of trees, we love to use the different wood for projects.  Who can improve on Mother Nature?

This 6′ garden trellis is last week’s project.  We used cedar trees we were thinning for the three legs and support beams.  Cedar was a natural choice since it’s basically rot resistant.  Instead of burn piles, why not use honor the trees and give them a second life?  We also have tons of grape vines and honeysuckle vines; those we used to wrap around the trellis.  Basically, we cut the three legs from the cedars to a height of about 6.5′.  We “teepee’d” the three legs and made support beams out of the remaining cedar pieces which we secured with wood screws we had on hand.  Then we had fun wrapping the vines all over the trellis.  From start to finish it took less than 2 hours, and we think our free trellis looks great.  (We even made another one that’s slightly different–I’ll show you another time!)

We will be planting cardinal vine on the trellis for the hummingbirds, and we think they too will appreciate the beauty of this natural, upcycled garden trellis!  Walking around the woods and thinking outside the box was a great way to spend the afternoon with Better Half!


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Linda
    Jun 10, 2012 @ 07:52:56

    how do you attach the branches to each other?


  2. Lyddie
    May 29, 2012 @ 12:16:31

    Amazing! Thank you so much for the inspiration. I need to make a trellis for some cucumber plants and wanted to use something free/cheap/recycled… that is all those things but also beautiful! My artistic fussy husband will appriciate it.


  3. christina
    Mar 28, 2011 @ 18:54:33

    Your trellis is genius! I love it. Oh and yes, that view is incredible too!


  4. Becky Warner
    Mar 28, 2011 @ 18:24:32

    Love it!!! Come to my house and make some for me???


  5. Janet Taber
    Mar 28, 2011 @ 14:19:56

    Love, love, love this!!! Mind if I copy??? Your view of the river is gorgeous, by the way–really spectacular!


  6. Joyce
    Mar 28, 2011 @ 09:04:40

    I love it!!!!! You could sell these for sure. And the picture is beautiful. It looks like spring at your house….


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