Homemade Trellis Designs

When combined with variety of climbing roses, morning glories or light-weight vines, a fan trellis can be an interesting focal piece in your garden.

A trellis supports climbing plants.
The design of the trellis does not have to be complicated to look good; a simple design can still have a sophisticated look. A homemade fan trellis is an easy project that only requires a few hours of your time, basic carpentry skills and some tools. .

Stack five 8-foot-long pieces of 1-by-2-inch treated lumber one on top of the other. Align the ends from one to the next and securely clamp all five together. These are the five vertical ribs of the trellis.

Drill two 1/4-inch holes about two inches apart toward the end of the stack. Insert a 1/4-inch bolt into each hole, making sure that there is a washer at each end of the bolt. Screw a nut onto each bolt and tighten it with a wrench.

Lay the stack flat on a hard surface. Lay another 1-by-2-inch piece of lumber horizontally across the trellis about one foot from the top. Screw this piece to the center rib.

Spread one of the outer ribs of the trellis to the desired angle and attach it to the horizontal cross piece. Measure the distance from the center rib to where this rib is attached. Spread the other outer rib the same distance and attach it with screws to the cross piece.

Determine the desired distance from the center rib for the remaining two ribs, spread them and attach them with screws to the top horizontal piece.

Attach three to five, short 1-by-2-inch horizontal cross pieces to the trellis. Evenly space them from the top piece. Alternate attaching the cross pieces to the front and back of the trellis.

Position the fan trellis in the desired location next to your house or fence. Secure the trellis with nails. If you are attaching the trellis to brick siding, use masonry anchors. Plant a variety of climbing plants.

Things You Will Need

  • 10 pieces of 8-feet, 1-by-2-inch treated lumber
  • Drill
  • Clamp
  • Two 1/4-inch, 4- to 5-inch-long rust-resistant bolts
  • Washers and nuts
  • Wrench
  • Screws
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Masonry achors (optional)


  • Use knot-free lumber for the best results.
  • For extra support, drive a 3-foot stake into the ground so that only about eight inches shows above the ground, then attach the trellis to the stake with bolts.