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Mini Trellis for Container Plants

Brought to you by Lowe's Creative Ideas

Give climbing plants in containers their own trellis that’s just the right size for a portable planter.

Trellis sized to fit in a large flowerpot.

Project Overview

Skill Level

Beginner

Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost

$$$$$

Tools & Materials

Tools

  • Drill and bit set
  • Hand saw or jigsaw
  • Pliers
  • Clamp
  • Screwdriver
  • Staple gun and staples

Materials

  • 4 - 1 x 36 square poplar dowels, #28604
  • Redwood post cap, #62522
  • 4-in maple classic bun foot, #295979
  • 1/4-in x 100-ft sisal rope, #349212
  • 4 - #8 x 1-1/2-in stainless-steel screws
  • Titebond waterproof wood glue
  • Valspar spray paint, Secluded Garden

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Instructions

Step 1

At each corner of the raised square at the top of the post cap, drill a 5/32-inch countersunk hole at a slight angle so that the screws inserted will follow the angle of the dowels (shown above) once they’re inserted. Use pliers to unscrew the bolt from the bun foot. Then glue and clamp the bun foot centered on the top of the post cap.

Step 2

Spray-paint all of the parts (Secluded Garden shown). Avoid painting the inside of the post cap.

Step 3

Guide for cutting 10-degree angles.

Cut one end of each dowel to create a 10-degree angle. Do not paint the cut end.

Good to Know

If you don’t have a protractor, clip out the cutting guide from a printout of these instructions. Use the first cut dowel as a guide to mark and cut the tips of the other three dowels so all four are of equal length.

Step 4

Place the cut end of each dowel in an inside corner of the post cap. Spread the lower ends of the dowels the same distance apart as they’ll be within the container where you’ll mount the trellis. Rotate the cap until the dowels come together near the top. With a helper holding the cap steady, wrap the rope around the dowels four times where they intersect. Fasten the end of the rope to a dowel using the staple gun. (Dabbing glue onto the cut end of the rope will help keep it from unraveling.)

Step 5

When the dowels can stand alone, carefully lift off the post cap and apply glue to the cut tops of the dowels. Lower the cap onto the dowels, extend the pilot holes into the dowels, and screw the dowels to the post cap.

When the dowels can stand alone, carefully lift off the post cap and apply glue to the cut tops of the dowels. Lower the cap onto the dowels, extend the pilot holes into the dowels, and screw the dowels to the post cap.

Step 6

Give climbing flowers in containers an ornate mini trellis to let them stretch their stems. --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

Insert the trellis in the planter and cover the ends of the legs with soil to hold it in place. If necessary, touch up the post cap with spray paint to help conceal the screws.

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