Make a Rustic Garden Ladder Trellis Using Tree Branches

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I love using natural elements like stones, logs, driftwood and branches as decor in my gardens. I'm lucky enough to have a hubby who is handy and likes to tinker around with these items and make cool things for my gardens.
In the home we live in now, we have several big old maple and ash trees that are always dropping limbs and branches, so we have a ready supply for projects and bonfires. This is the pile of wood he started with. Please pay no mind to all the weeds and junk, it's all contained in a neglected, unseen part of the yard. icon
I asked hubs if he could make me some type of rustic ladder trellis to lean against the fence for vines to grow on. He said sure that's easy and got to work. First we decided how tall we wanted the ladder, and he pulled out two longer branches and cut them to around 6 1/2 feet. Next, he cut the rungs, or the cross pieces. Simply decide the width you want your ladder and go from there.
Once he had all the pieces cut, he went about putting the ladder together. To secure everything in place, he used his trusty Brad Nailer. If you don't have a brad nailer, you can use zip ties to hold the rungs in place and then wrap them with jute cord to hide the zip ties.
I love the way this ladder trellis turned out so much that I had hubs make another one for me. He's also made a chair out of tree branches that I used as a decor piece in the garden too. If you'd like to see how these pieces look in my gardens, feel free to stop by and check out the post:
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  • Shirley Shirley on Sep 08, 2019

    how do the zip ties keep it together?

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  • Anna Ibarra Anna Ibarra on Aug 16, 2021

    Love this! I have been collecting some tree branches and looking for ideas! 👌🏼

    • Joanna - Gingham Gardens Joanna - Gingham Gardens on Aug 16, 2021

      Thanks so much. Be sure to check out the post on Gingham Gardens, there are even more ideas. Happy gardening and DIYing!

  • Debbiepearson53 Debbiepearson53 on May 19, 2023

    We live in the woods and I'm always looking for things in nature to use. Drives my husband crazy at times, but that's ok! I see a ladder in my near future!