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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

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

    2. Step: 2

      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

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

    4. Step: 4

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

    5. Step: 5

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

    6. Step: 6

      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

      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

      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 (7)


  • 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

  • Very nice wanting to make 3 trying to find the wood lath bundle 
    By Squid1957, on September 13, 2018

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DIY Trellis Column

by My Altered State
Mar 24, 2015

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

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

  2. Step: 2

    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

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

  4. Step: 4

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

  5. Step: 5

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

  6. Step: 6

    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

    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

    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....