Simple & Functional: 15+ Ways To Make A Trellis

Here’s a bunch of ways you can make trellises for both vegetable and flower beds, many are simple in design (and to make) while others are more detailed and fancy (with a bit of woodworking skill required). Quite a selection of materials used such as bamboo, wooden poles and sticks, lumber, wire mesh, etc. A couple of the projects below have been featured previously on Tipnut and moved here for better organization. Enjoy!
With Wire Mesh: Shares a tip to install panels of welded wire mesh along fencing.

Wood A-Frame: With some plywood, hardware cloth, fasteners, basic tools, and a little time, you can fashion a hinged A-frame trellis to support peas, beans, tomatoes, or other vining plants.
Invisible Tip: Eyehooks screwed into siding or walls and networks of medium-gauge wire hold delicate vines. (Heavier climbers, such as roses, will need heavy-gauge wire.) Grid design examples included.

DIY Bamboo Project: Made with several canes of bamboo in different diameters and lashing cord.
Portable Design: Made with lumber and chicken wire. Free pdf tutorial download available.

Rustic Design: Simple project made from prunings or substitute 1-by-1 stakes from the nursery or lumberyard. The finished structure is 7 feet 4 1/2 inches tall and 3 feet wide.
Topper Plans: Three different designs to choose from to top a classic design trellis, free pdf downloads.

For Roses: The instructions are for an eight-by-four-foot trellis with a three-quarter-inch thickness, the strips of wood are spaced three inches apart.
Easy To Store: When the season ends, either untie and store the trellis or leave it in place year-round for visual interest.

Rustic Ti-pi Tutorial: Made with three to six poles, 1 1/2″ to 2 1/2″ in diameter and 4′ to 7′ long, copper or galvanized steel wire and grapevines or flexible willow branches.
With Lattice Fencing: Here’s how to turn lattice fencing and 2x4s into a three-panel focal point. Plan diagram included.

Bamboo & String Tee-Pee: Made to accommodate peas and cucumbers using scrap bamboo sticks tied together with cotton string.
DIY Branch Project: A nice tutorial showing how to use beech branches (or any hardwood cuttings) to create a trellis for a large pot or garden container.

Freestanding: Ideal for climbing flowers and plants, finished size measures 3′ wide x 18″ deep x 6’3″ tall. Skill level: Intermediate.
Basic & Woven Stick: (scroll down page) Two different types using branches that are assembled together with twine, wire or zip ties.

Decorative Wire: Wire fencing is cut to length, rolled then painted metal straps are attached with 18-gauge wire.
Raspberry Rack: Support bushes with this project made from cedar, vines will climb up and won’t get too unwieldy.

Vintage Tip

Coat Hanger Trellis
Coat Hanger Trellis
You can make a trellis for flowers or climbing plants, such as tomatoes, using old wire clothes hangers and a piece of narrow board.


  • Sharpen end and drive in ground. Use staples (like for a wire fence) to fasten the hangers to the board.
  • Tie up plants with strip of old sheets.

It is soft and doesn’t cut in. Can be taken up and used for a long time.

Clean and paint before storing away for fall.

Source: Women’s Household, 1963

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    • Nel

    The coat hanger trellis is such a great idea! I will be making a few for my tomatoes.I will be putting it in some sort of container though. The soil here in Florida is to sandy to grow a good crop, plus the stakes i used last year kept falling over when pushed into the ground.

    • Lora

    Which would work best for grapevines?

      • Francisco

      Ma’am lora the best for grapevines is the first one (digginfood) or you can make your own using bamboo like im planning heheh

    • Norma

    All great ideas. Thank you.

    • lisa

    what if i use hook to make trellis?how far apart should i make it?

    • Sherrie Payne

    If I put a trellis against the south side of my house (dark cedar), is there a certain plant that could withstand the heat?

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