How to Build a Trellis for Less Than $20

DIY bamboo trellis

The Spruce / Christopher Lee Foto 

Adding a trellis to your garden is highly recommended in some instances, especially if you're growing vegetables. If you have a small yard, trellises are also a great way to train your plants to grow vertically and save space.

However, a lot of premade garden trellises are unnecessarily expensive. Learn how to build a DIY trellis for a fraction of the cost. All these ideas are affordable and shouldn't cost you more than $20.    

  • 01 of 10

    Attach a Trellis to a Privacy Fence

    Garden trellis on fence
    The Handyman's Daughter

    This DIY trellis is streamlined and adds dimension to an otherwise boring privacy fence. To make the most of this design, plant various flowering vines directly in front. 

    You'll Need:

    • Flat top fence pickets or 1x2 cedar boards
    • Table saw and hand saw
    • Sandpaper
    • Outdoor wood stain
    • 1″ nails
  • 02 of 10

    Create a Trellis for Climbing Veggies Using Bamboo

    DIY Trellis for garden peas
    The Coupon Project

    These simple bamboo trellises work great if you have a vegetable garden in need of stakes. You should be able to find these bamboo sticks at a local garden center for around $1 a stake, but they can also be ordered online. 

    You'll Need:

    • Bamboo
    • Heavy duty twine
    • Scissors
  • 03 of 10

    Repurpose Old Garden Tools Into a Trellis

    DIY Garden Trellis
    Sadie Seasongoods

    Depending on what you have in your garage, this DIY trellis could cost you next to nothing. Remember to make sure that the bottom of the wooden tools are carved into stakes so they will stay in the ground. 

    You'll Need:

    • Vintage garden tools
    • Salvaged wood
    • Nails
    • Jute twine
  • 04 of 10

    Transform a Coat Rack Into a Garden Trellis

    DIY garden trellis
    Sybil Alfano

    This blogger took to Pinterest to come up with this unique DIY trellis. Once she understood the basic trellis shape, she searched her house for other everyday items that might be easily converted. By the end of her project, she had crafted a very unusual and beautiful solution for her climbing morning glories. 

    You'll Need:

    • Old coat hanger
    • Paint
    • Paint stick
    • Screws
    • Liquid nails
    • Pencils
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  • 05 of 10

    Make a Trellis From Two Cattle Panels

    DIY garden trellis with cattle panels
    Frugal Family Home

    This DIY trellis works well in raised vegetable beds. By training cucumbers, peas, and beans to grow vertically, you can save a lot of space for more veggie varieties. 

    You'll Need:

    • Cattle panel
    • Bolt cutters
    • Hog rings
  • 06 of 10

    Make This Standing Garden Trellis for $10

    Standing Garden Trellis

    Jen Gilday Interiors

    You can purchase a similar garden trellis for around $40 at a garden store, but why would you when you can make this one for around $10? This trellis has been designed to work with climbing sweet peas, but just about any climbing plant would do well with this design. 

    You'll Need:

    • 1x2s and 2x2s
    • Nuts, bolts, and washer
    • Nail gun
    • Drill
  • 07 of 10

    Rework an Old Window and Chicken Wire

    DIY Garden trellis
    Rindy Mae

    If you have an open porch, this garden trellis DIY project can double as a privacy screen. Simply place the finished piece in a planter along the porch ledge. Then, plant climbing vines in the planter, which will add more privacy as they grow.

    You'll Need:

    • Old window
    • Chicken wire
    • Staples and staple gun
  • 08 of 10

    Beginners Can Make This Simple Garden Obelisk

    DIY garden trellis
    Flower Patch Farmhouse

    This garden obelisk looks great but is also really easy to make. Unlike many of the other garden trellis plans in this design, this one requires no angle cuts. Keep in mind, it doesn't matter if the edges are perfectly aligned since this piece is meant to be covered with climbing greenery.

    You'll Need:

    • 8 ft 2x2s
    • Wood screws
    • Wood glue

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  • 09 of 10

    Craft a Flat Vertical Trellis for Less Than $10

    DIY Garden Trellis
    Stephanie White Travels

    This vertical trellis works best when it's leaning on something like a fence because the design might not anchor well enough in the ground to stand on its own. The softer the dirt, the more likely this could be placed in the middle of a garden bed, but you may want to add stakes to the bottom just to be sure it's secure.

    You'll Need:

    • 8 ft 1x2s
    • Gorilla wood glue
    • Clamps
    • Miter saw
  • 10 of 10

    Convert a Crib Rail Into a Garden Trellis

    DIY garden trellis fro crib
    Reposhture Studio

    Twine crib rails and headboards work well to train plants to grow vertically. Instead of just leaning these items on the side of a fence, this tutorial will show you how to add stakes to the bottom so you can place them just about anywhere. 

    You'll Need: 

    • Old crib rail
    • Stakes
    • Screws