Build a Copper Trellis

Striking and functional, this DIY trellis will add an artistic flair to your garden while supporting your plants that like to climb.

Photo by JoAnn Moser
Trellises, by their very nature, are meant to support climbing plants. Although this copper trellis can do just that, it also aspires to do more, all by itself. Whether leaning against a wall or standing erect in a more natural backdrop, the trellis will add verticality to a garden of any style — traditional, modern, or even steampunk.

Assembled using polyurethane glue, this trellis is quite sturdy — especially as an objet d’art versus a plant support — but for those with the equipment and expertise, soldering the trellis’s joints is an option as well.

Also, don’t skimp when choosing a tubing cutter to use for the project. Opting for a cutter labeled “heavy duty” will not only make the job of cutting pipe easier, but it’ll also make the cuts more uniform.


  • Eye protection
  • Gloves
  • Tape measure
  • Marking pen
  • Copper tubing cutter
  • Spray bottle or sponge
  • Utility knife
  • Hammer


  • 1/2-inch-by-10-foot copper pipe (4)
  • Large piece cardboard or paper
  • 1/2-inch copper tees (28)
  • 1/2-inch copper elbows (18)
  • Polyurethane glue
  • Water
  • 3/8-inch-by-36-inch rebar (2)

Cut List

Illustration by Christopher Mills

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