How to Build an Arch Trellis

What You'll Need
2-by-4 boards
Small boards
Arched wood
Steel Wire
Wire Snips

If you are a keen grower of grapes or climbing roses, then you may be keen to add an arch trellis to your garden. These trellises can be an attractive way of decorating a path between two flower beds, and they also provide a suitable support to climbing plants. Adding an arch trellis to your garden can also provide shaded areas for your garden on hot summer days, and will look attractive no matter what the weather. If you want to have an arch trellis for your garden, then rather than purchasing an expensive version from your local garden center, you can make your own using some pieces of wood and some wire. Making your own arch trellis will add an ornamental feature to your garden without costing too much money.

Step 1 - Design Your Arch Trellis

Before you start building your trellis, it is a good idea to do some research and planning. Look at pictures of arch trellises in magazines and on the Internet, and decide what sort of pattern you would like for your own trellis. It is a good idea to add decoration such as curves and turns to the trellis, as this will provide decoration when the plants are not quite grown. You could add these features yourself at any time.

Step 2 - Build the Basic Trellis

Start by building the basic trellis structure. Lay down two sets of 2-by-4 boards on the ground. These boards should be between 7 and 8 feet high, depending upon the space available in your garden. Take some small boards, around 5 inches across, and cut half-inch slices from this board. Nail it regularly between two of the 2-by-4s, about every 2 inches or so, until you have completed both sets of 2-by-4s. You should then add your arched wood to the top of the trellis, nailing it into position and then adding more 5-inch boards between the two curved pieces.

Step 3 - Adding Decoration

You should then start adding decoration to your trellis. Small curls of wood nailed to the surfaces of your 5-inch boards will provide an attractive decoration, or you could use a hacksaw to cut angles out of the boards, depending upon the design you have chosen. Don't cut too much, but decorate it from top to bottom.

Step 4 - Finishing Touches

Take your arch trellis, and place it into the ground. You can then take your wire, and curl it up the sides of the trellis. Attach it to each of the smaller boards using some staples, and then cut it at the top using wire snips. Curve it along the underside of the arched wood and staple again. This should hold it in place, and allow a frame for the garden plants to hold onto as they climb upwards.