How to build a pergola from branches & twigs

Written by linda shepard | 13/05/2017
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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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