Since we moved into our little home built in 1952 we have tackled many projects. From totally gutting the kitchen to adding on a new master bedroom and bath. One thing I have learned is it is hard to homeschool, remodel and blog all at the same time. My plan was to take you on the journey from beginning to end . . . instead it’s been more like a glimpse here and there.
Today is a glimpse into our most recent weekend project: A DIY Trellis screen for our backyard. We added on a lovely extended patio when we did the addition onto our home. However, my vision has not been complete . . .
After Photo: DIY Trellis Weekend Project
Since the beginning I had envisioned a screen of three trellises. Unfortunately, the view from our patio is our (and our neighbor’s) trash cans. Rather than a trash can view, I have dreamed of creating a little landscaped courtyard. Finally, I am one step closer with my new trellis screen project!
Weekend DIY Trellis Project
We did NOT plan for this project. We woke up one Saturday and I said hey do you want to build me a trellis screen this weekend? I drew-up a plan and we headed to the Home Improvement store. We spent about $120.00 for supplies for three trellises. We didn’t even start construction until late in the afternoon. It was easily a weekend project.
- 2 cedar boards – 4″ x 2 ” x 7′
- 2 cedar boards – 3 1/2″ x 3/4″ x 4′
- 2 cedar boards – 3 1/2″ x 3/4″ x 40 3/4″
- (Your Home Improvement Store will cut the boards for you!)
- Stain (We used Sherwin Williams Deckscapes: Chestnut)
- 10 – 4″ bolts
- 6 - 2″ bolts
- 32 – washers
- 26 – nuts
- galvanized wire fencing – 4′ x 4′
- (We bought our wire fencing at the local feed store. We cut three trellises from one sheet of fencing.)
- 1 bag – Quikrete 80 lb. Concrete Mix
- wire cutter
- tape measure
- paint brush
- post hole digger
Step 1: Stain Both Sides of all Boards
- MacGyver, age 9, helped Mommy with this task
Step 2: Dig Post Holes
- We dug our holes 2 feet deep.
- It worked well for my husband to dig the holes while MacGyver and I stained and let the stain dry.
Step 3: Assemble all of the Pieces
- We sandwiched the wire fencing between the boards.
Step 4: Drill Holes and Assemble Nuts and Bolts
- We simply used the nuts and bolts to hold the structure together.
- We liked the industrial look of the nuts and bolts.
Step 5: Set Trellis in Quikrete
- My husband loves his level! He made sure each trellis was level and that all three were in line together!!!
Step 6: Plant Vine
- I selected Star Jasmine, or Confederate Jasmine, because it is evergreen and supposedly deer resistant.
Step 7: Weave Vine throughout Trellis
- I carefully unwound the vine so I could spread the vine throughout the trellis.
- I started at the very bottom and diligently wound the vine up the trellis.
- I didn’t need to use any twine or string. The vine was easy to wind around the wire.
Step 8: Dig for Worms
- This step is for the 5-year-olds in your life!
Step 9: Grab a Beverage and Watch Your Vines Grow
- Landscaping requires delayed gratification!
- It requires the patience to watch your plants grow and thrive.
- Now I just need to grow my patience.
- But my little courtyard dream is one step closer!
Do you like to tackle DIY weekend projects?
Life with Jeannine