Easy, Inexpensive DIY Trellis

October 9, 2012

Easy, Inexpensive DIY Trellis Project from waddleeahchaa.com

Trellis – Courtyard Update

When you first do a landscaping project, the pictures are sadly unimpressive because it really takes a few years for the plants grow and flourish. This spring we have thoroughly been enjoying our backyard and our little courtyard area. While dinning outside last night, I realized it was time for an update on our DIY trellis project. Our inexpensive trellis project was so easy, I could not be happier with the results these few years later. It’s the beginning of my very own little secret garden.

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DIY Trellis Update

The jasmine smells sweet and inviting.

Easy, Inexpensive DIY Trellis from waddleeahchaa.com

DIY Trellis Update

The three trellises (say that 3 times!) make a lovely screen for our water fountain courtyard and patio dining area. They also make a sweet backdrop for Miss Enigma’s fairy garden.

DIY Trellis Project Original Post

Step-by-Step Photo Directions

Easy, Inexpensive DIY Trellis

Before Photo

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  . . .

Easy, Inexpensive DIY Trellis

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.

Easy, Inexpensive DIY TrellisSupplies for one trellis:

  • 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
  • drill
  • tape measure
  • paint brush
  • post hole digger
  • level

Easy, Inexpensive DIY Trellis

Step 1: Stain Both Sides of all Boards

  • MacGyver, age 9, helped Mommy with this task

Easy, Inexpensive DIY Trellis

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.

Easy, Inexpensive DIY Trellis

Step 3: Assemble all of the Pieces

  • We sandwiched the wire fencing between the boards.

Easy, Inexpensive DIY Trellis

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.

Easy, Inexpensive DIY Trellis

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!!!

Easy, Inexpensive DIY Trellis

Step 6: Plant Vine

  • I selected Star Jasmine,  or Confederate Jasmine, because it is evergreen and supposedly deer resistant.

Easy, Inexpensive DIY Trellis

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.

Easy, Inexpensive DIY Trellis

Step 8: Dig for Worms

  • This step is for the 5-year-olds in your life!

Easy, Inexpensive DIY Trellis

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

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Tara H October 9, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Very nice! I love seeing what others do! I would love to see some inside renovation pictures! :)
We don’t have our own house, and we’re working our way out of a lot debt so my weekend projects consist of moving furniture, which I do a lot of! In fact, I just rearranged the living room today…and it’s not even the weekend! ;)

Jeannine October 10, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Thanks Tara! Once the vine grows it will be just wanted I wanted to screen out the trash cans and drive by traffic.
Yes, I will post inside pictures. But that means I have to be organized. I need to take pictures and get busy posting! I have many budget renovation tips.

Tiffany October 17, 2012 at 11:43 am

I need to find a spot to do this. So cool!!!

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