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As I look out my office window, I see this beautiful garden trellis, but it has not always been a beautiful view.

When I started my search for a ready-made garden screen trellis, none of them were large enough, and the prices were over budget like this one I found at Wayfair. It was only 6 feet wide, priced at $355.99, and  I needed 3 of them, so that would have been $1,067.97.

Suppose I would have a trellis I had to make it, so I drew up a plan and went lumber shopping to see if I could make it for less. It cost $322.00 to make, so I loaded up my truck, and the Garden Trellis DIY project was underway.

Garden trellis with lanterns, privacy screen

Garden Trellis with lantern

How to Build a Garden Trellis

My view before building the privacy screen trellis was uninspiring and downright ugly. So I wanted something really amazing and inspiring. I had been thinking about doing something for a few years, and I never put it at the top of my to-do list, but that all changed this month since I took the blogger DIY knock-off challenge, and it was the one special thing I wanted to accomplish.

Before Garden Screen Trellis, awful view

Before Garden Screen Trellis

I thought I would replace this old rotten fence with the garden screen trellis, but as you can see, the unsightly storage, including trash cans, would be exposed. So I went back to planning the fence/trellis. Unfortunately, I had to replace the privacy fence to hide my neighbor’s trash and storage; it was not the look I wanted, but I could live with it.


Building the trellis in sections, beautiful garden feature

Building the trellis in sections

Garden Trellis Plantings 

The garden trellis needed to coordinate with the other wood structures in our yard and garden, such as obelisk, birdhouses, window flower boxes, DIY shutters, hose posts, and the floating deck, lanterns, and the side table.

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Garden Screen Trellis before lanterns, how to plans

Garden Screen Trellis before lanterns

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I choose some jasmine to climb and two cone-shaped bushes. After planting those, I planted moonflower and morning glory seeds between the jasmine so it would fill in the trellis this summer with flowers and greenery.

Plants for the trellis garden, free trellis plans

Plants for the trellis garden

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The garden trellis screen looked great, but I wanted to add some more details. A hanging planter was what I decided to add to both ends with these simple brackets.

Hanging planter, garden screen trellis

Hanging planter

DIY Trellis with Moon Flowers

DIY Trellis with Moon Flowers

I choose the plants for full sun to part sun location since this trellis is on the north side of the house and gets some morning and afternoon sun. I will be posting that full how to so please subscribe to receive that straight to your inbox. Added Mr. Frog to help keep the soil moist.

Hanging planter with watering frog, easy how to plans

Hanging planter with watering frog

Adding Special Details:

I really liked how it turned out, but I could only enjoy it during the day, and I wanted to see it at night too, so what could I do? I thought of making some lanterns using our famous lantern pattern and using a solar light inside it. More to come on how to make these lanterns; to be sure you don’t miss it subscribe to the newsletter below:

Solar light for lanterns, garden feature

Solar light for lanterns

I love the cracked shadow pattern these solar globes make.

Solar Lantern, garden screen trellis

Solar Lantern

Another detail I added was custom wooden brackets for the lanterns.

Lanterns, garden screen trellis


Trellis at dusk, solar lanterns and garden screen

Trellis at dusk

Night Time Trellis, featuring solar lanterns,Night Time Garden Screen Trellis DIY

Night Time Garden Trellis

I loved the nighttime look so much that I added 3 more solar lights. The Garden Screen Trellis DIY is complete.

Solar lantern, garden trellis

Solar lantern

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four DIY Raised Garden Beds sitting in the grass

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Thank you so much for stopping by. Would you mind letting me know what you think in the comments below?

Happy spring,


Ps. I will be sharing this on  Between Naps on the Porch


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Sunday 29th of October 2023

I think I’d like to know more about this, but could hardly see the article because of all the ads- top, sides, middle, bottom. Yowsers!

Travis Blythe

Thursday 13th of July 2023

I used the plans for your lanterns and aspects of your trellis for my project, so thank you! My questions is, can I get your dimensions on the brackets for the lanterns? I would love the cuts and lumber info...I can't tell if those are 4x4s or if you cut them down and what was your process for the middle arch? Thank you!


Thursday 29th of June 2023

I just came across this page and was wondering if you have a video on how you made this gorgeous trellis. I will try to find you on YouTube and Facebook to see if you do indeed have one. Thank you.


Sunday 11th of June 2023

I came across your post searching for trellis plans, and ended up adapting this design for my yard. I made 4 disconnected trellises and used cedar for the grid. It turned out beautifully - thanks for the inspiration!


Monday 10th of October 2022

everything you have shown is beautiful.

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