Build Your Own Bamboo Trellis

What You'll Need
Cord, string, or twine
(5) Bamboo poles; 6-feet long and 1-inch diameter
(3) Bamboo poles; 6-feet long and 1/2-inch diameter
Measuring tape
Hand saw
Pruning sheers

A bamboo trellis is very useful if you grow vegetales with clinging vines like peas and beans. A bamboo trellis is most definitely the most versatile and the most beautiful of the other trellises available. The following steps will show you how to make a bamboo trellis that is not only beautiful but inexpensive.

Step 1 - Designing the Bamboo Trellis

Decide how large you want the bamboo trellis to be based on the size of the area you will place it when finished.

Draw the design of the trellis you want to build. The style of trellis you build is only limited by your imagination. A classic trellis, one that resembles a tall checkerboard, is easy to build but you can vary the design by changing the length of the poles.

For this design we will be making a bamboo trellis in the shape of a fan. Picture a fan in your head then draw it on paper. Take special care in determining how far apart you want each pole in order to create the fan shape. The height of this trellis will be 6-feet. The width will be determined by how far apart you want the poles spaced.

Step 2 - Laying Out the Trellis

With the design in front of you, start laying out the bamboo for the trellis.

Put the 5 longest pieces of bamboo together, making sure they're even at the top and bottom. Begin by moving the end poles out but making sure the bottom of the poles stay connected. This will determine the final width of the bamboo trellis.

When the two end poles have been moved as far apart as you want them to be, you can continue spreading apart the inner bamboo poles.

The poles may move around a bit so be careful to not get too far off your design plans. You can tape the bamboo poles down to the work area to make it easier on you.

Measure the distance across at the widest point of the bamboo trellis. You can start at either end and use the tops of the outer bamboo poles as your starting point. This first measurement will be the length of the first horizontal pole. Decide how far apart you want each horizontal pole and measure to suit.

Step 3 - Cutting the Bamboo

Cut the 1/2-inch diameter bamboo poles to the measurements that you took in Step 2.

Step 4 - Assembling the Bamboo Trellis

Place each horizontal pole in place on the spread-out bamboo fan. Make a pencil line at each cross-section of the trellis.

Cut a length of cord for each cross section. Starting from the bottom, begin lashing each cross-section together. Wrap the cord under the bottom bamboo pole and around the front. Then bring the cord over, crossing the bamboo pole. Bring the cord back around and tie it off. Continue until each cross section is lashed together.

Stand the trellis up and place it in your garden.