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DIY Trellis Column



I love the potted flowers and plants that come with the arrival of spring, but finding a way to display them is another story. Inspired by traditional garden lattice, this trellis column design is my answer to that problem. It's one part eye-candy accent piece, and one part functional storage/display. I plan to build two more at varying heights, in order to create a grouping of 3 for my patio...

I spent about $23.00 for lumber on this project, with most of that being the $14.00 for the wood lath bundle. I have plenty of useful wood strips from that bundle leftover, so it's money well spent.

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  1. Project Steps

    1. Step: 1

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      First, I made some cuts to build the frame. four 2x2's @ 39" eight 2x2's @ 10"

    2. Step: 2

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      Next, I used 3" screws and wood glue to put together 2 rectangles. (Be sure to make proper pilot holes to avoid splitting.)

    3. Step: 3

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      I payed attention to my screw placement to ensure the two intersecting screws on each corner wouldn't collide.

    4. Step: 4

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      To reinforce the square ends, I used 2x2 scraps and cut 8 pieces at 45° angles.

    5. Step: 5

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      Next, I used wood glue and my Airstrike brad nailer to install them inside all of the corners.

    6. Step: 6

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      I used a total of sixteen 1x2 strips to cover the top of the column (13"), as well as the base however, the base requires two pieces be shorter than the others. (10")

    7. Step: 7

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      Turning the column on it's side, I attached strips from the wood lath bundle to start my lattice effect. After I attached these horizontal strips, I glued and clamped on shorter vertical ones to create a pattern. (See next pic) *Side note: These wood strips are rough, so I used my orbital sander to sand them smooth before I cut them.

    8. Step: 8

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      The last pieces to nail on were the 1x2" strips on the top. *Another side note: I would suggest staining or painting things before putting it all together. By NOT doing so, I created a crazy situation of corners, nooks, and crannies to reach with the stain. Grr....

Comments (6)


  • What a great beginner project for me to build, thanks for the plans :)
    By SoCraftySewCreative, on April 1, 2015

  • I love it! I will be making 3!
    By Tcbucket, on April 1, 2015


  • very nice
    By mrlou, on May 30, 2015


  • Very nice. Just what I needed to see.
    By TCam, on June 15, 2016

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DIY Trellis Column

by My Altered State
Mar 24, 2015
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I love the potted flowers and plants that come with the arrival of spring, but finding a way to display them is another story. Inspired by traditional garden lattice, this trellis column design is my answer to that problem. It's one part eye-candy accent piece, and one part functional storage/display. I plan to build two more at varying heights, in order to create a grouping of 3 for my patio... I spent about $23.00 for lumber on this project, with most of that being the $14.00 for the wood lath bundle. I have plenty of useful wood strips from that bundle leftover, so it's money well spent.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge d40a2853 460c 44d7 b09f 7bacb0857cce

    First, I made some cuts to build the frame. four 2x2's @ 39" eight 2x2's @ 10"

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 0865d904 ad2c 4443 aaf4 0fc59bf08967

    Next, I used 3" screws and wood glue to put together 2 rectangles. (Be sure to make proper pilot holes to avoid splitting.)

  3. Step: 3
    Huge 7b4e5b42 871d 43a6 9d9c 7e553173fc1f

    I payed attention to my screw placement to ensure the two intersecting screws on each corner wouldn't collide.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge b0f5acff 313c 47d4 a817 e8cb769a7364

    To reinforce the square ends, I used 2x2 scraps and cut 8 pieces at 45° angles.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge 35c87ed9 f5a0 4b87 86d0 8d54c3d162c8

    Next, I used wood glue and my Airstrike brad nailer to install them inside all of the corners.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge 3903fe98 36c6 49bc 96ff 7127933b33d8

    I used a total of sixteen 1x2 strips to cover the top of the column (13"), as well as the base however, the base requires two pieces be shorter than the others. (10")

  7. Step: 7
    Huge 5ec5656a 9334 4ef6 8765 c834cb41e23d

    Turning the column on it's side, I attached strips from the wood lath bundle to start my lattice effect. After I attached these horizontal strips, I glued and clamped on shorter vertical ones to create a pattern. (See next pic) *Side note: These wood strips are rough, so I used my orbital sander to sand them smooth before I cut them.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge 6ef8f4e1 b8f8 40f8 9318 0b81d792869c

    The last pieces to nail on were the 1x2" strips on the top. *Another side note: I would suggest staining or painting things before putting it all together. By NOT doing so, I created a crazy situation of corners, nooks, and crannies to reach with the stain. Grr....