We love our front porch, and we have a beautiful Wisteria that sits right on the other side of the wall. We decided to build a trellis that will sit at that end of the porch to allow the Wisteria to climb in and around it. We’ll hopefully get to see the beautiful blooms through the summer, and it will create a natural privacy screen on that end of the porch. The trellis was designed so that it echoes the decorative arts and crafts beams we have on our house…perfect for our crafty home!
Here’s what we used to make the trellis:
- 3 – 1×2’s (these are all wood)
- 2 – 1×3’s
- 1 – 1×6
- 1 – 1×8
- 2-inch screws
- 5 Hooks
- 6-feet chain
- Eye bolts
This is what we needed to put it together:
- Rotary saw
- Cordless screw driver
- Tape measure
- Paint sprayer
Let’s make a trellis!
- Using the two 1×3’s, cut two pieces that measure 3′ 6 1/2-inches (for the sides) and one piece 2′ 7″ (the bottom piece). Next cut the 1×2’s into four pieces measuring 2′ 7″. Cut the remaining 1×2’s into three 6″ pieces, one 6 3/8″and another 6 3/4″. Now, cut the 1×6 into three pieces: one 6″, one 6 3/8″ and another 6 3/4″.
- Finally start making the top by measuring and cutting out the stair-step pattern. Using the 1×8, measure in 5″ from the end and draw a line. Also measure 2 1/2″ from the end and draw another line. Next, measure 1 3/4″ from the bottom and draw a line. Now measure 3 1/2″ from the bottom and draw another line. This grid will define the stair step pattern.
- Cut out the stair step pattern leaving the longest portion on the top. From the innermost step (the bottom), measure 3-feet and draw a line and from the same place, measure 3-fee 2 1/2″ and draw a line. Then measure 3-feet 5-inches and draw a line. Where you drew the lines, measure from the bottom 1 3/4-inches. Now measure up 3 1/2-inches from the bottom and draw a line. Cut out the stair step on this side of the top.
- With the three pieces, draw a pattern on each of the pieces. We used the same pattern to give the trellis some symmetry.
- Next, lay out all of the pieces on a flat surface and draw lines to help you line everything up while you’re putting it together.
- To put it together all you need to do is drill a hole where you intend to screw each piece so that you don’t split the wood. Next screw each piece in place (perfect if you like screwing, ’cause there’s a lot of it!)
- Once you’ve finished building the trellis, sand it and paint it. Continue as many times as you want. We normally do two coats. Three at the most.
We’re still waiting on Mother Nature to send us some warm weather and to her credit, we’re starting to see some results. We’re at least seeing highs in the high 50s and low 60s. So to keep her on the right track, we’re thinking of our vacation to Louisville last summer. Alberto came up with a Bourbon iced tea lemonade called the KITL (like Skittles). It’s delicious, and better yet, it conjures up Summer!
- Screw two eye bolts on either side of the top of the trellis, insert two hooks on the overhead beam on the porch and hang.
This trellis looks amazing at the end of the porch, and it’ll look even better once the Wisteria has had a chance to climb. Now we have a pretty accent piece on the porch that also provides a little privacy.