25 Trellises From Your Trash

By Liesl Clark

Branch trellis constructed by our friend Pema from Nepal.

Branch trellis constructed by our friend Pema from Nepal. Photo © Rebecca Rockefeller

Trellises are about as easy to come by as planters. Almost anything that’s upright and has a few arm-like features can be climbed upon by plants. This list will definitely get you thinking about what you can place in your garden for vertical fun:

1) Sticks are the original trellis. If you have sticks available, place them in a tripod-like structure, like a tipi, or if your sticks have many branches, just sink one stick into the ground with many branches for your peas or other veggies to climb upon.

A Stick Trellis for Peas

A Stick Trellis for Peas

2) Bike Trellis: Line up a few bikes, or bike parts, and you have a colorful trellis for your plants.

A Bike Fence in Paonia.

A Bike Fence in Paonia.

3) Patio Umbrella Trellis: A broken patio umbrella can have a second life as a trellis. I have one in my garden now.

A Broken Patio Umbrella Turned Trellis. Photo © Liesl Clark

A Broken Patio Umbrella Turned Trellis. Photo © Liesl Clark

4) Bamboo and String Trellis: For your more delicate vines a bamboo frame for string is a beautiful trellis.

5) Tipi Trellis: With some long sticks, you can make a tipi trellis that serves to hold up your veggies and vines while providing a great green space for the kids.

6) Wagon Wheel Trellis: Wagon wheels make pretty trellises for climbing roses.

7) Old Window Frame with Chicken Wire: Use an old frame as a trellis with chicken wire attached.

8) Step Ladder Trellis: An old step ladder is an easy trellis to set up.

9) Bike Wheel Trellis: The photo here says it all. It’s a bike wheel totem trellis.

9) Wooden Coat Hanger Trellis: With an accordion-style wooden coat hanger, a few pencils and a paint stirrer, you’ll have a trellis.

10) Screen Door Trellis: Like the old window frame, an old screen door frame works beautifully as a trellis against your house.

11) Ski Trellis: Use skis to set up a trellis for your raspberries.

12) Bookshelf Trellis: An interesting book shelf partially buried in the dirt could make a nice trellis.

13) Sawhorse Trellis: A sawhorse or 2 can make an instant garden trellis.

14) Old Chair Trellis: Use an old wooden chair for a trellis.

15) Stretch of Picket Fence Trellis: If you have a length of picket fence, try using that as a trellis.

16) Rain Pipe Trellis: Our drain pipe on our house is serving as a trellis, and the clapboards, too. Some plants can climb anything.

Rain Pipe Trellis

Rain Pipe Trellis

17) Fence Trellis: Just use a section of your fence to allow a flowering climber, like clematis, take over.

A section of our garden fence is a clematis trellis.

A section of our garden fence is a clematis trellis.

18) Chicken Wire Trellis: Don’t think I need to explain that one.

19) Ladder Trellis: An old ladder can hold up grape vines.

20) Barbed Wire Trellis: If you’re handy like this Etsy artist, try making a barbed wire trellis. They’re beautiful.

20-25) Read our original post on DIY trellises for 5 more ideas including a headboard trellis, a baby crib trellis, and innovative stick trellises.

We still have more trellis from trash ideas for you! Visit our Trash Backwards app for more upcycled trellises to get your creative gardening impulses going.

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2 Comments on “25 Trellises From Your Trash”

  1. alexis ganz
    November 13, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    Old wooden ladders painted funky for trellises!

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