How to Make a Garden Trellis out of Chicken Wire

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How to Make a Garden Trellis out of Chicken Wire
Chicken wire can make a simple but effective trellis for the garden. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

A trellis made of chicken wire is an inexpensive way of making a simple trellis. This project is great to use up all those scraps of lumber laying around but can also be made from standard-sized lumber found at the home improvement centre. Also this trellis can easily be made into a two-sided structure simply by running the chicken wire down the front and the back of the trellis. But if the trellis is going to be used to grow food on such as cucumbers, do not use pressure-treated lumber. The chemicals used to treat the lumber leach into the soil. Plants then absorb these chemicals, which if eaten by humans are then taken into the human food chain where they can cause health problems.

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Things you need

  • 3- 2-inch by 4-inch by 10-feet posts
  • Measuring tape
  • Circular saw
  • Mitre saw
  • Pencil
  • A box each of 8 penny and 16 penny nails
  • Hammer
  • Wire cutters
  • Chicken wire 2-feet by 7-feet
  • Staple gun with staples
  • Post hole digger
  • Powdered milk
  • Shovel

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  1. 1

    Cut one of the 2-inch by 4-inch by 10-foot into three two 2 foot lengths and four 1-foot lengths.

    How to Make a Garden Trellis out of Chicken Wire
    The frame for this chicken wire trellis can be made from wood left over from other projects. (wooden bar image by Gudellaphoto from
  2. 2

    Cut a 45 degree angle on each end of the four 1-foot lengths.

    How to Make a Garden Trellis out of Chicken Wire
    A mitre saw will aid in cutting the 45 degree angles needed for the support brackets. (construction tools, saw image by Greg Pickens from
  3. 3

    Starting at the top of the trellis attach one of the 2-foot pieces to both 10-foot posts using 8 penny nails.

  4. 4

    Measure 6-1/2 feet down on each 10-foot post and mark the wood with a pencil. Attach the other 2-foot piece at the marked level between the posts using 8 penny nails.

  5. 5

    Attach the 1-foot supporting brackets on the inside of each corner with 8 penny nails.

  6. 6

    Unroll chicken wire and lay across the top of the trellis. Secure with staples and attach remaining 2-foot piece with 16 penny nails on top of the chicken wire.

  7. 7

    Roll chicken wire down the front of the trellis and secure with staples all the way around the frame of the trellis. Cut off any excess chicken wire with wire cutters.

  8. 8

    Measure a 2-foot line in the garden and mark the ends of this line with powdered milk. Using the post hole digger dig a 3-foot hole on each end of the line. Place the legs of the trellis in the holes and fill in with soil. Push down on soil around posts to compact it and secure the posts in the ground.

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