Patio Umbrella Trellis

By Liesl Clark

Trellises can be made from just about anything with a little height and some expansiveness. When a patio umbrella broke in half recently due to high winds, I saw a nice pea trellis-in-the-making.

A Broken Patio Umbrella Turned Trellis. Photo © Liesl Clark

A Broken Patio Umbrella Turned Trellis. Photo © Liesl Clark

I couldn’t wait to get these images out because I’m excited about this trash hack, so you have to use your imagination. OK, don’t laugh, the peas are just sprouting but there are signs of promise to come.

Just Sproutin'. Peas are reaching toward their patio umbrella trellis.

Just Sproutin’. Peas are reaching toward their patio umbrella trellis.

The next time you have a patio umbrella that breaks in half, save the inner wooden part for a pea trellis in your garden. Take the canvas off and you’ll see that what remains is the perfect shape, octopod-like, and will serve you for many years. If you want to see how it’ll look with a little more vegetative matter around it, aristonorganic has a great pic to give you some perspective. I think I’ll paint mine a bright red with some leftover paint for some added garden color.

A broken patio umbrella soon to be a pea trellis.

A broken patio umbrella soon to be a pea trellis.

Oh, and if you’re wondering what to do with the fabric of your umbrella, sun-drenched as it is, take it to your nearest The North Face store for recycling through their Clothes the Loop program. They’ll take all of your textiles and shoes for reuse and recycling. Don’t hesitate, because there’s a store discount waiting for you in exchange for your used clothing or textiles.

And if you’re looking for more trash hacks for your umbrellas, visit our Trash Backwards app for some great reuse ideas:

Click Through For Umbrella Reuses at Trash Backwards

Click Through For Umbrella Reuses at Trash Backwards

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2 Comments on “Patio Umbrella Trellis”

  1. May 30, 2013 at 2:04 am #

    Nice to talk about this trellises can be made from just about anything with a little height and some expansiveness. When a patio umbrella broke in half recently due to high winds, very informative thanks…!!!

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