How to Make a Decorative Tripod Out of Sticks

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How to Make a Decorative Tripod Out of Sticks
Add a decorative wooden tripod to your garden. (The Garden image by Felipe Tudtud from

Decorative wooden tripods are valuable additions to any home, lawn or garden. In the garden you can use climbing plants to highlight your attraction. Beans, peppers and tomatoes are popular vegetables to grow beneath a tripod. You can just pluck produce off the plant without having to bend over. In addition to being decorative pieces, wooden tripods are useful tools. Use them to easily display signs anywhere you need a stand.

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Things you need

  • Three wooden posts
  • Rope

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    Place the three sticks side by side flat on the ground. Wrap rope around one of the outer sticks and tie a knot. The rope should be between 10 and 24 inches from the top of the sticks. The spot where the rope is placed will be the centre of your tripod and the remaining wood above it will form an inverted cone. This inverted cone will cradle whatever you wish to place in it, whether a birdbath or a potted plant.

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    Wrap the rope loosely around all three sticks eight or nine times. Use the remaining rope to form two tight frapping turns between the sticks. This means that you wrap the rope around itself between each of the sticks enough times to make the knot tight.

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    Secure this wrap with another knot around the stick opposite the stick you started on. Now you should be able to stand the tripod up. Position the three sticks at equal intervals until the structure is solid. The knot you tied will allow you to adjust the posts without the risk of them falling apart.

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    Use the upper portion of the garden tripod above the rope knot. Place a stone bird bath here amid the posts. A glass ball, sculpture or potted plant can be balanced in this newly-created nook. Plant climbing plants such as sweet peas, beans or other decorative vines at the base of each post. As the plants grow they will wrap around the tripod posts, creating an ornamental piece of garden art for you to enjoy all season long.

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    Use tripods like this one to quickly create stands for flowers and wreaths during holidays or celebrations. Wooden tripods can mark a gathering location for guests, or can be used to display a holiday wreath at the end of a long driveway. Another use for a tripod is to suspend something between the posts. Use rope or chains to evenly distribute the weight of the suspended object between the three posts. The tripods' design ensures their strength in supporting a significant amount of weight. Hang a portable grill, an ornamental antique piece of garden art or anything else that fits.

Tips and warnings

  • The sticks you use to build your tripod will be supporting any weight you place on top of them. Plan the project first and acquire sticks or posts of an appropriate size and sturdiness to hold the weight placed on top of them.

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