How to Make a Cheap Trellis

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A trellis is a structure usually made from interwoven materials like wood and metal that allows your vine plants to climb. A trellis can be as intricate or simple as you want it to be. If you want the class of a trellis for your garden, but you want to avoid the price of a store-bought one, consider making one of your own.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood strips
  • Twine
  • Saw
  • Wood staples
  • Stapling gun
  • Drill
  • Sandpaper
  • Needle nose pliers

Collect your materials for the trellis. If you are sticking to a tight budget, consider using wood and twine rather than metal because it is more affordable. You can save even more money if you look for discarded scraps of wood and twine that you can recycle for your trellis.

Cut your wood scraps into two pieces of equal length. The strips of wood should be no larger than two inches wide.

Lay out the strips of wood in an upside down “V” shape where one piece overlaps another. Staple the bottom of the “V” shape together using sturdy wooden staples. Use two or more staples to ensure the “V” does not fold in on itself.

Drill a 1/6-inch hole into the top points of the “V” shape. Keep the holes as parallel to each other as possible. Measure downward from the first holes and drill another hole on the “V” every six inches descending until you run out of room.

Sand the drill holes and the edges of the wood to remove any splinters. Splinters make your trellis look low quality and they can also cause injury when you handle the trellis.

Thread a piece of twine through each set of parallel holes. For example, take one long line of twine and stretch it between the holes at the very top of the “V” shape. Thread all of the holes so that you have twine stretching from one side of the trellis to the other at every set of holes.

Pinch the ends of the twine using needle-nose pliers. Twist the twine until it becomes a large knot that will not slip through the hole in the wood. Do this to both sides of each twine.

Force the point of the “V” into the soil where you would like to install the trellis. You may need to dig a small hole to get the trellis started into the soil. Make sure the trellis can stand on its own before you allow your plants to grow on it.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you need a sturdy trellis for a heavy vine plant, consider replacing the vertical lines of twine with wooden slats. Staple the wooden slats into place.

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