Now that summer is at its height, we’re also at the height of our annual gardening spree. Sure, we garden all year round and have plants to cultivate all year round because we love to put in things that bloom in every season, but summertime is undoubtedly the best time for our yard. This year, however, we put in a few things that climb, creep, and grow upward, so we’re in need of a few trellises. Rather than just buying them in stores, however, we’ve convinced ourselves that we could totally make those trellises ourselves, which is why we’ve had our eyes peeled for cool tutorials to get us started and help us along the way.
1. A-frame veggie trellis
Are you growing your first vegetable garden and, like the crop you planted, you’re hoping to find a trellis that is simple and easy to handle? In that case, we think you might get along quite well with the way Vegetable Gardener shows you how to build this wood and wire mesh A-frame vegetable trellis that will give you just what you’re looking for.
2. DIY bamboo wall trellis
Rather than placing a freestanding trellis in your boxed garden itself, would you rather place one agains the wall of your house or a shed, since that’s what your plants are currently trying to climb, without much success? Then we’d definitely suggest helping them out by building this simple, classic bamboo wall trellis outlined step by step on Fine Gardening.
3. Accordion peg track planter trellis
Have you always been the kind of DIY enthusiast who will take just about any craft as an opportunity to upcycle something else if you can? In that case, we think you’ll get a real kick out of this suggestion featured on Bob Vila for using an accordion shaped peg coat rack as a miniature trellis for smaller potted plants! Flip it on its end, bury it in the soil, and voila.
4. Old door trellis
Did we actually catch your attention quite well in our talk of upcycling something else you had around your house into a creative trellis, but you’re looking for something much bigger than a coat rack allows? Well, if you happen to have an entire door to work with, then we think you’ll get a real kick out of the way Dishfunctional Designs turned these vintage doors with their window glass removed to create fantastic, vintage inspired garden stands!
5. Antique headboard trellis
Just in case you’re still totally enamoured with the upcycling home wares idea but you don’t have any doors on hand or you’d rather something a little more rustic or “junkyard” looking in its aesthetic, here’s another alternative for your consideration! We’re kind of in love with the way Apartment Therapy made a trellis from an old metal headboard like the kind you might find in an abandoned farmhouse.
6. Crib side trellis
Believe it or not, regular adult beds aren’t the only kind of bed you can upcycle in order to create an awesome, repurposed looking garden trellis! We really admire the creative thought that went into this tutorial from Minerva’s Garden, which suggests using the side of an old wooden crib tilted on its end as something that will let your plants climb as high as they need.
7. DIY elegant patio trellis
Are you actually hoping to come across something shaped a little more like a traditional garden trellis but you’d still rather make it yourself, from scratch, than pick one up pre-made from the store? In that case, we think you’ll really appreciate how easily this tutorial from Blue Roof Cabin lays out the steps for creating just that.
8. DIY painted obelisk trellis
If you’re going to put in the time and effort it takes to make your very own trellis, would you rather make something that will really catch people’s eye? In that case, we’d definitely encourage you to take a look at the way Momma and Da Boyz created this obelisk style standing trellis, painting each one they made a different bright colour like a pop against all the natural green.
9. Bike rim trellis
Just in case you’re still not quite done with the whole upcycled wares trellis idea, here’s another design that might help you out well with slightly more delicate climbing plants, like herbs. Check out this tutorial featured in detail on Suited to The Seasons to learn how they used a pole, some string, and two metal bike wheel rims to make a rounded trellis the herbs can climb easily.
10. Old mattress springs trellis
What if you’ve felt your interest piqued by the mention of making a more junkyard style upcycled trellis but you don’t have access to a whole headboard right now? Well, if you can get your hands on the kind of springs you’d find inside an old mattress, then you’ve still got just about everything you need! Get more details from the tutorial on Hometalk.
11. Homemade trellis from scrap wood
Are you perhaps very new to the building and gardening games and you really are looking for something that’s just about as simple to make as it could possibly be? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a better look at how Gina Michele outlines these simple, very customizable trellises that are made with scrap wood and easy nailing techniques.
12. Garden tool trellis
If you’re going to upcycle a homeware of some kind into a decorative garden trellis that might catch visitors’ attention, would you rather make it from something that actually suits a garden so the aesthetic is cohesive? In that case, we think you’ll simply adore the nice, easy way that Cottage in The Oaks made a trellis from an old space they weren’t using anymore!
13. Reclaimed pallet garden trellis
Just in case you’re still considering the obelisk style trellis idea we showed you a little earlier on but you’re not so concerned with it having any kind of decorative element to it, here’s a slightly more simplified version of the same basic concept to make things a little more low maintenance on you! See it in clear steps on Instructables.
14. Simple backyard cedar trellis
Are you actually still thinking about the idea of making your own DIY trellis from scratch that just looks like the kind of pre-made trellis you might simply but in stores and install on a weekend afternoon, but you think even the earlier version we showed you is a little too fancy for your tastes? Then we think you might appreciate the way Remove and Replace made this interlocking cedar piece with relative ease.
15. Rustic branch trellis
Have you actually been holding out, scrolling through our list in hopes of finding an idea that looks even more rustic than anything you’ve seen so far? In that case, we have a feeling you’ll simply adore the way Coffee for Roses made and hung this trellis that’s made entirely from branches collected right in their country yard!
Have you made other kinds of awesome trellis projects before that you were very happy with indeed but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you made and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!