How to build a pergola from branches & twigs

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How to build a pergola from branches & twigs
Tree branches and twigs can be made into a rustic pergola. (Doug Menuez/Valueline/Getty Images)

A rustic branch and twig pergola will add a charming and artistic structure to a patio or backyard. By creating the pergola from branches and twigs, the naturalistic design will fit in well with a flower garden, while providing a spot for lightweight flowering vines like morning glories. Look for large fallen branches in heavily wooded areas. Children can be drafted on twig-gathering nature walks. Choose the straightest twigs and branches for this nature craft pergola.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Four 3-pound rocks
  • Shovel
  • Four 7-foot long straight branches with a 1-inch diameter
  • Two 3-foot long straight branches with a 1-inch diameter
  • Handsaw
  • Branch loppers
  • 60 small twigs, 3 feet long and 1/2 inch in diameter
  • Stainless steel 24-gauge wire
  • Wire nippers
  • Jute rope
  • Scissors

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut four 1-inch diameter branches to 7-foot lengths, and cut two 1-inch diameter branches to 3-foot lengths with the hand saw. Cut 60 twigs to 3 feet long each with the loppers.

  2. 2

    Measure the site planned for the pergola. Designate the support branch sites with the rocks. The two side supports will be 3 feet apart from each other. The pergola top will be 3 feet wide.

  3. 3

    Dig four 6-inch deep support holes for the four support branches with the shovel. Insert the 7-foot long branches, and tightly pack the dirt around the inserted branches.

  4. 4

    Connect two 3-foot long branches to the tops of the support branches by wrapping the joins with the stainless steel wire for the pergola roof.

  5. 5

    Bundle bunches of four twigs together. Attach the bundles between the side support branches with the wire in a crisscross design, filling the pergola side sections from bottom to top.

  6. 6

    Wrap all of the exposed stainless steel wire with 6-inch lengths of tied jute.

  7. 7

    Plant morning glory flowers at the bases of the pergola side supports.

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