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4 Simple Ways to Create a DIY Arbor Trellis

Arbor Trellis
DIY Arbor Trellis

An arbor trellis is used at the top of an arch or arch-like setting, specifically a pergola, where vines and climbing plants can be trained to grow. It is a structure that supports climbing plants, such as grapes or wisteria.

The arbor trellis is typically located in a garden or arboretum, and sometimes in public parks or along the exterior walls of residential homes.

The arbor is a simple type of trellis or lattice that is usually constructed from wood but can be made of other natural materials like bamboo or stone.

DIY Arbor Trellis - Counter sink the rods

The word trellis comes from the French word ‘trelis’, which means a wooden framework for vines to climb.

An arbor trellis makes a lovely entrance to a whole garden or just a garden room. With the added trellising, you can also grow your favourite creeper.


  • Cedar Timber
  • .25″ OD (outside diameter) x .028″ wall T-304/304L Stainless Steel Tubing
  • Wood Putty
  • #4 nails


  • Hammer
  • Hack Saw
  • Measuring Tape
  • Drill

How to build an Arbor Trellis?

Plan your arbor trellis

A budget plays an important role when planning a project. It gives you a glimpse of how much money you are willing to spend on the project.

But one must also be reminded that it is not just the cost of the project that plays a role but the quality of the materials used. Quality materials will ensure that the project will last longer.

It is a lot cheaper to buy low-quality materials, but you will have to replace them sooner than the ones with high quality.

This project is one that requires patience. Take your time researching what kind of plants you want before you start building.

Build the base

After gathering all the materials needed for your project. Measure the dimension of your arbor trellis based on the plan that you made. Cut the timber into the parts of your trellis.

The base is the most important part of the trellis that you want to build because it is the anchor that the whole structure relies on. As long as the base is sturdy, the rest of the trellis will be fine.

The base is the most essential part of the trellis, just as the foundation is the most essential part of any home. All of the other parts of your trellis will be built upon this foundation, and if it isn’t sturdy, they will all collapse.

Attach your trellis

After securing the base of your arbor trellis, attach the other parts as well. Don’t forget the trellis (using the steel tubing), you can attach them by drilling the parts where you want to attach them first and secure them using nails.

It is very important to secure the trellis to the arbor because the trellis is the framework of the arbor and will be the support for the plant. You can also use brackets to support the trellis to the arbor.

Add accesories

There are a variety of arbor trellis accessories you can add to your trellis to make it attractive, easy to maintain and safe to use.

Trellis accessories can be added to the structure of your arbor trellis after you complete the structure and before planting it in the ground. Some arbor trellis accessories include a gate, handrails, fencing and arbor covers.

Wisteria, jasmine, grapes? What would you grow if you had this trellis in your yard? 🙂

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Thanks to My Mod Remod for this great project. You can get the step by step instructions here

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