How To Make A DIY Woven Bamboo Trellis With Only One Material

How to Build a Woven Bamboo Trellis

When the sun starts shining, those seedlings will soon be reaching up to meet it. Some plants have nice strong stalks to hold them up, but others need our help. Peas, beans, and other vining vegetables need some sort of trellis to support their growth towards the sky. This project shows you how to easily build a bamboo trellis with only one material. Yep, you guessed it…bamboo!

How to Make a DIY Woven Trellis with only one material!

As the only material is bamboo, the importance is what size poles you choose.

DIY Bamboo TrellisPea plants grasp onto netting, twine, or thin bamboo poles with their curly tendrils. This pea trellis made with twine is a perfect solution to fit a lot of peas into a small space, but it can also be as successful and a bit more sturdy to use a woven bamboo trellis (plus it’s better for those less gentle pea pickers, AKA kids and the dog).

Pole beans wind themselves around poles so they will need a bit more support than the twine trellis can handle.They love to grow up high in the sky, so make sure that you get really long bamboo stakes.

Cucumbers and squash can also do very will climbing up a trellis, but there needs to be enough strength to hold the vine, and then the heavy fruit as it ripens. Depending on the size and weight of the fruit, you can choose a thicker and stronger bamboo pole to weave.

Now that you have your bamboo poles, you can start to build. Place poles about 6″-12″ apart (depending on the size of what you are working with) by firmly staking the end into the ground. This smaller pea trellis is spaced 4″ apart with fairly thin bamboo that measures 5′ high.

Building a Bamboo Trellis

Cut the bamboo that you will be weaving to 6″-12″ longer than the distance between the two end poles. Weave the length of bamboo through the stakes by passing it alternatively behind and in front of each stake. Slide the pole down through the stakes to about 6″ from the bottom of the stakes. Repeat this step with another pole but alternate how the pole weaves front to back with the first pole. Continue this process until you have a sturdy trellis that has the spacing you were hoping for. 

Woven Bamboo Trellis

You will be surprised at the strength of this trellis and how easy it is to make. If you have access to a lot of sturdy and straight branches, you could also make this structure from branches. It will look beautifully rustic but will also be totally free! You can’t beat that.

Bamboo Pea TrellisNow all that is left is to wind the plants through the first few poles and let it grow.

How to Make a DIY Woven Bamboo Trellis with only one material!

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Lauren @momhomeguide
    Lauren @momhomeguideApril 27,13

    This is a great idea! I will have to give it a try, as I have some pea sprouts that will be needed a trellis this season! Thanks for your post!

  2. Laura
    LauraApril 27,13

    Love this idea . . . whoda ever thought?

  3. Adrian
    AdrianApril 27,13

    Great idea !

  4. Rachel
    RachelApril 30,13

    Nice project! I’m trying a woven cedar trellis for my raspberries this year, using cedar lathe strips. Hope it looks as good as yours.

  5. Emy
    EmyJune 15,13

    Don’t you need to stick them together with some kind of glue?

    • Stephanie
      StephanieJune 15,13

      Hi Emy, nope. The full instructions and all the materials are listed!

  6. Inspire Me Heather
    Inspire Me HeatherJuly 22,13

    Your trellis turned out great and I’ve got this linked to my trellis’ roundup post too today!

  7. Sarah
    SarahMarch 17,14

    What’s your source for bamboo? My twine trellis was nearly pulled down by the tomato plants by the end of the summer last year.

  8. Bethany Oliver
    Bethany OliverMarch 19,14

    Question: Where did you find the bamboo? Was it gardening store? Online? Thank you.

  9. Stephanie
    StephanieMarch 19,14

    Hi Bethany and Sara, I just picked up a package of 20 sticks at the hardware store locally. Any garden center should carry them.

  10. Kathleen
    KathleenMay 1,14

    Looks great! Just wondering, are there ever any problems with it blowing over e.g. in wind? Is it a bit top heavy? Is there a way of further supporting it so it doesn’t fall over?

  11. Cathy W
    Cathy WMay 25,14

    I planted some bamboo and was delighted at it growing, then growing and GROWIMG. Then I decided that I had to trim some of it back. And then some more. Need I go on?
    I was thinking of creating some out of the poles, Now I Know!!! THANKS!!!

  12. Deb
    DebJune 2,16

    Brilliant. Have just planted sweet peas in a large pot. This trellis is perfect. I simply made it in an x shape to work in a round pot instead of one row. Works beautifully. Thank you.

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