How to build a pyramid trellis

Happy Tuesday, friends!! I hope you’re having a great start to the new week!!

Today, Tara and I are each sharing a quick and easy summer craft. I put together a simple trellis for my new Mandevilla plant.

It has been a cold and rainy all day, so I brought this project inside.

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What you’ll need:

twine and/or ribbon

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Start by planting your plant in your container, using a good potting soil mix.

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Insert four bamboo stakes into the soil, around the edges of the planter.

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Using twine/ribbon, tie the four stakes together, wrap the twine around and around the top of the stakes to secure.

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Once the stakes were secured together, I started wrapping the Mandevilla vines up around the stakes. Mandevilla likes to climb, which is why it decide to add the trellis. This was such a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to build a sweet little trellis. I love it!!

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I also added a couple silk ribbons to the top, because why not!! I love adding little snippets of ribbon/lace wherever I can! I cant wait to put this outside, in my yard, to watch it grow and thrive throughout the summer months! Yay for summer and all the summer flowers!!

BY: Jane PUBLISHED: 17 Mar, ’16 UPDATED: 29 Mar, ’16 13 Comments

We have been having the most glorious spring weather here at the Crossroads for the past two weeks, and we have gotten outside and built these wooden pyramid shaped trellises for the garden.

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You see, each year we like to change things up in the garden and during this past winter, I had a vision of putting pots of flowers and/or small trellises in each raised bed. Making these trellises was a family affair since Leo’s brother Jim and his wife came over and with their help, we were able to construct 6 of these trellises in one day.

If you remember, we made four 8 foot tall DIY WOODEN GARDEN OBELISKS two years ago, and we based our design for these smaller wooden trellises on those. Here is a list of supplies that you’ll need to build one of these smaller trellises.

  • Two 8 foot pieces of 1 ½” x 1 ½” slats
  • Three 8 foot pieces of 1″ x 1 ½” slats
  • small box of 1 ⅝” drywall screws
  • miter saw
  • drill
  • quart of wood stain
  • staple gun

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It’s a good idea to prestain all of your wood before cutting and assembling, and after you put your trellis together, you can go back and touch up. Here Jean is staining the first trellis that we built to use as our prototype. Please keep in mind that none of us would ever profess to be professional carpenters, and since these obelisks are, after all, for the garden, we weren’t too concerned with creating a perfect structure since flowering vines will be covering any obvious flaws.

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It’s a good idea to go ahead and precut all of your individual pieces before assembling. Start by cutting the two 1 ½” x 1 ½” slats into two 4 foot pieces which will give you the four legs of your trellis.

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To create the cross pieces, you’ll need four 12 inch pieces from long point to long point cut from the 1′ x 1 ½” slats. Set your miter saw at a 45 degree angle in one direction and make the cut, and then set the saw at 45 degrees and miter the opposite end of the cross piece so that the ends will fit together.

Then you’ll need to repeat the same step to create the next set of cross pieces but cut them 8 ½ inches long.

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Finally, you’ll need four 5 ½ inch pieces to make the top piece.

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To make it much easier to work with, we preassembled the top portion using a staple gun. Now keep in mind, a professional carpenter would design and build a finial for the top but we purposely made the top square in order to put a birdhouse or other ornamental fixture on the top.

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To avoid splitting the wooden pieces when inserting the screws, it’s a good idea to predrill your holes about 1 ½” from each end. Be sure to use a drill bit smaller than the screw!

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OK, now you’re ready to put it together. Lay 2 of the legs on a flat surface as seen in the photo above. Measure 18 inches from the bottom of each leg and screw the first 12 inch cross piece onto the legs. Measure 18 inches up on both legs and screw in the 8 ½’ cross piece.

Set that piece aside and repeat the process using the other two legs.

It’s going to take two people to do the next step. Stand up both sets of legs and slide the square top onto the top of the trellis and insert screws to attach the top to the legs. Use a little caution here because the trellis is very unstable until you attach the remaining slats on the other two slides which is your next step.

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After Leo and Jim made the first prototype, I suggested that we cut two additional 30″ pieces from the 1′ x 1 ½” slats to add additional decorative supports onto which vines could climb. We only added them onto two sides as you can see in the photo above, but you can customize the trellises any way that you wish.

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Since we didn’t use treated wood to make the trellises, we stained them using this solid wood stain by Olympic that we had left over from staining the picket fence panels that we put at the ends of our FREESTANDING DECK IN THE GARDEN that we built last year.

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I’m sorry that I cannot give you the exact color that we used because the label on the can has faded but it is such a pretty color.

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So pretty that I decided to stain some terracotta pots with the amount I had left over from painting the trellises! Remember my original vision that I had of having pots and trellises in the raised beds?

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It’s coming true thanks to Jim and Jean’s help in getting these wooden pyramid shaped trellises made for the garden!

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And look how cute this rusty watering can looks on the top on one of the trellises. I can’t wait to get some flowering vines planted underneath these wooden pyramid shaped trellises in the garden! Hurry spring!

Posted on June 3, 2021

As I learn more about planting flowers, the more I realize the need for a garden trellis or Obelisk for upright plants. I’m also learning new words for all these contraptions and how expensive they are to purchase.

Today I’m sharing How to Build a Wooden Garden Trellis or Free Standing Obelisk Pyramid, using a reclaimed porch railing that was discarded after a recent porch update. These easy, step by step instructions, will keep your new plants vertical and off the ground. I began looking for a some inexpensive ways to build a trellis or free standing obelisk and finding some reclaimed wood was the perfect solution.

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First, I love the look of a garden obelisk filled with tomatoes or a climbing vine. One of my favorite blogger friends, Jennifer at Cottage on Bunker Hill recently share a tutorial on gardening projects. After seeing her easy tutorial, I shared with my husband the need to make some obelisk for our garden. The cost of lumber was our number one concern. So we started looking through our discarded wood supply and found an old porch railing that had recently been removed. The wooden spindles were the perfect size to use on the obelisk.

Warning: This is a rustic version of Jennifer’s beautiful Obelisk. You can see her design here.

What is it called?

There are so many terms when searching for instructions to build a support for climbing plants. There are a few that I am familiar with such as trellis, obelisk, vertical and garden towers. A trellis can be free standing or anchored into the ground. Most obelisk are usually free standing, pyramid shaped and are often called Eiffel Towers as well. All can be constructed from various materials such as wood, plastic, and metals like iron, aluminum, etc. I have found that regardless of the name or material, they all do the same thing. They hold up your plants.

Supplies for Wooden Garden Trellis

When you are using reclaimed materials, your options may be limited. Here are the dimensions that we were able to work with based on the wood dimensions that were available for free.

  • 2 x 4 lumber 44 inches long
  • square porch spindles
  • wood screws

How to salvage reclaimed wood for Garden Obelisk

The porch railing was still attached with screws and therefore, we were able to salvage the wood, as well as the screws, to build the garden obelisk. Although the railing had been abandoned in a trash pile, it was still salvageable, because it was built from treated lumber.

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Once all the wood is gathered, it’s important to remove any nails or screws before cutting the boards to size.

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Next, split the 2 x 4 boards in half using a table saw. If the spindles had been a longer length, they could have been used instead of splitting the wider boards. However, you have to be flexible when working with reclaimed materials.

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Now it’s time to cut each spindle to the desired size. Here are the dimensions we used.

  • Cut 4 spindles at 19 inches each – cut on a 45 degree angle using a miter saw
  • Using a thinner piece of molding, we cut 4 pieces at 14 inches each
  • Then 4 more spindles at 9 inches each – cut on a 45 degree angle

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Finally, drill a pilot hole in the 45 degree angle cut with a cordless drill. Using the original screw holes where it was feasible, helped to reduce the construction time.

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How to Assemble the Garden Trellis

Now that all the reclaimed wood has been cut to size, it’s time to assemble the garden trellis or obelisk pyramid tower. This is how we built our garden trellis.

Begin by measuring and marking the location of each spindle on the split 2 x 4 post. I placed a spindle mark at 7 inches from the top and bottom of the post. Then another directly in the center of those two.

Lay two boards flat and attach the spindles to the post at each marking, using wood screws. Then repeat on the remaining two posts.

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Once the two sides are secure, attach them to each other using the remaining spindles. Be sure to attached them at the same height as before.

In addition, another option is to attach a top for the obelisk tower. We used a piece of treated siding and drilled a hole in the center to allow for a solar light.

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I originally added a simple solar light from The Dollar Tree. However, the results were less than thrilling. Therefore, I added a terra cotta clay pot to hold the solar light. It isn’t permanently attached, so it may be changed once I check into some other options.

I also used these same solar lights on How to Repurpose a Chandelier.

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This spring the raised garden bed was added using a trashed iron bed as the base. You can see the details on How to Build a Cheap Raised Garden Bed and you might like 3 Reasons to Plant Lilacs also.

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Here you can see that the aged wood looks new where it is freshly cut. This will age quickly to match. The garden trellis or obelisk tower can also be painted to dress it up for the garden.

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The finished Free Standing Obelisk PYraMID Tower

The garden obelisk pyramid tower fits perfectly into the raised garden bed. The free materials give it a primitive rustic feel but with a little paint, you will never know the wood was reclaimed.

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The rustic garden obelisk actually works well with our country setting and will hopefully create a vertical garden. I hope you enjoyed How to Build a Garden Trellis and that you found the instructions helpful and inspiring.

Trellis Free woodworking plans and projects instructions. Build a DIY trellis garden project over the weekend. Also, plans for trellis project plans you can buy, accesories for garden trellis and others like pergolas, gazebos and related information.

This is a cutting diagram only, for the garden trellis that appears in the Workbench Magazine Issue 308. Project size is 40-1/4 x 16 inches. Additional patterns include lady bug salamander (gecko), dragonfly.

This is a link to a Google 3D SketchUp drawing for Swedish garden trellis. Decorative metal straps at the corners of the base, and a metal crown, help to hold the piece together. You will need the SketchUp software to download this drawing and its freely available online. We do not provide support for this software. Not all drawings have the measurements displayed but you can use the measurement tool in SketchUp to easily and accurately determine the dimensions of each lumber part. Most drawings do not have instructions, its assumed you can build it based on the completed drawing provided.

Build a planter box with trellis for your yard using the free step-by-step woodworking plans at the link. Also included are diagrams, shopping list and cut list.

This planter box with trellis is compact and can be made using wood from your scrap pile and the free step-by-step plans available at the link. there is a video as well of the build.

Display your plants indoors or out by building this trellis column plant stand. Here are the free instructions.

This is a link to a Google 3D SketchUp drawing for a wooden trellis shade structure. You will need the SketchUp software to download this drawing and its freely available online. We do not provide support for this software. Not all drawings have the measurements displayed but you can use the measurement tool in SketchUp to easily and accurately determine the dimensions of each lumber part. Most drawings do not have instructions, its assumed you can build it based on the completed drawing provided.

Build a planter box with attached trellis for climbing plants using these free plans.

This is a link to a Google 3D SketchUp drawing for a simple garden planter with trellis. You will need the SketchUp software to download this drawing and its freely available online. We do not provide support for this software. Not all drawings have the measurements displayed but you can use the measurement tool in SketchUp to easily and accurately determine the dimensions of each lumber part. Most drawings do not have instructions, its assumed you can build it based on the completed drawing provided.

It is getting close to spring and time to start planting all those beautiful annuals. We love sweet peas and clematis and this trellis will show them off in grand style. We made our trellis really tall. You can adjust all the dimensions down if you want a shorter trellis.

This is a link to a Google 3D SketchUp drawing for a chair trellis plant stand. You will need the SketchUp software to download this drawing and its freely available online. We do not provide support for this software. Not all drawings have the measurements displayed but you can use the measurement tool in SketchUp to easily and accurately determine the dimensions of each lumber part. Most drawings do not have instructions, its assumed you can build it based on the completed drawing provided.

Today I’m sharing How to Build a Wooden Garden Trellis or Free Standing Obelisk Pyramid, using a reclaimed porch railing that was discarded after a recent porch update. These easy, step by step instructions, will keep your new plants vertical and off the ground. I began looking for a some inexpensive ways to build a trellis or free standing obelisk and finding some reclaimed wood was the perfect solution.

How to build a pyramid trellis

Supplies for Wooden Garden Trellis

When you are using reclaimed materials, your options may be limited. Here are the dimensions that we were able to work with based on the wood dimensions that were available for free.

  • 2 x 4 lumber 44 inches long
  • square porch spindles
  • wood screws

How to salvage reclaimed wood for Garden Obelisk

The porch railing was still attached with screws and therefore, we were able to salvage the wood, as well as the screws, to build the garden obelisk. Although the railing had been abandoned in a trash pile, it was still salvageable, because it was built from treated lumber.

How to build a pyramid trellis

Once all the wood is gathered, it’s important to remove any nails or screws before cutting the boards to size.

Published on August 15, 2018 Last updated October 9, 2021 ♛ By Melissa J. Will

Garden obelisks are tall structures with pyramid tops used as garden decor and plant supports. These photos come from home gardens and show a variety of DIY structures from rustic to classic.

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Garden Obelisk Ideas

These ideas come from my own garden as well as gardens I have visited. Some of the photos are quite old (as you’ll see) but the ideas are worth sharing.

There are many variations of obelisks. The common denominator is, they are all structures with some legs (usually four) with a wide base and a narrow top. Classic obelisks often have some sort of sphere at the top, but, really, anything goes, as you’ll see below.

I you want to make your own, see this tutorial:
How to Make a Garden Obelisk from Wood.

1 Blue Wood Obelisk

This is my obelisk. Instead of creating a pyramid top, I cut off the corner posts and created an area for a flower pot or garden art.

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I covered the sides of my obelisk with chicken wire to accommodate the tendrils of the watermelon vine. It’s a nice, strong structure for a heavy plant like this. I’ll add some nylon stockings to support the fruit as it grows.

If you’d like to make one like this, I’ve shown how I built it here: Garden Obelisk Tutorial.

2 Basic Garden Obelisk

A design like this one is a good starter project. The top of the obelisk is a prefab fence post cap. The orange paint makes the whole thing sing in the garden. You can see the gardener has added twine for the bean vines to grab onto as they grow.

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3 Classic Plain Obelisk

It’s worth a trip to a home improvement store to find the right top to your obelisk. Look for turned wood handles, orbs, and fence post tops.

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Notice how they’ve added a few vertical bars to the basic obelisk structure. The chicken wire at the bottom is probably there to stop animals from nibbling the vine.

If you want to purchase on obelisk, you’re probably better off shopping in-person at a good garden nursery, but I did find a few on Amazon:

If you get one by mail-order, check the height! I’ve noticed they look tall in the photos but can actually be quite small.

4 Garden Tool Obelisk

I don’t know if you can really call this an obelisk but I’m pretty sure the Garden Police are off-duty today so, why not?

This is a fun idea for old garden tools:

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I have a few old tools that work so well, I swear they may last for hundreds of years. And those that have earned their retirement make great plant supports and garden art.

5 Obelisks on Flower Planters

This is a good idea: make companion planters to fit the base of your obelisks. Here, they hung hanging baskets from the obelisks. Climbing vines would also look great, of course.

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6 Turquoise Wood Obelisk

This was in the same garden as the orange obelisk (above). You could make a bunch and paint them various colors, or pick a theme color and repeat it. Endless possibilities. All in the name of having fun getting crafty outdoors.

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7 Rustic Star Obelisk

I love this one. I photographed it at a garden nursery. It’s rustic and lovely. There are four main posts (probably cedar) and simple criss-crossed twigs all the way up.

See how they put a simple round disk of wood at the top? That’s an easy finish idea. Top it with whatever you like: star, birdhouse, orb, watering can….

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8 Wide Base Obelisk

This one is a bit different. The base of the obelisk is a cube with a traditional obelisk structure on top. Great idea if you want to place it over a large plant in the garden. I’d be tempted to put one over a peony that tends to sprawl and would benefit from some support.

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9 Peeling Blue Obelisk

I took this photo many years ago. It’s got that familiar over-exposed look! This obelisk looks like it was make from hardwood and painted blue. The paint has almost all peeled away but the structure remains. Perfect for those of us who love a weathered patina.

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10 Veggie Garden Obelisks

Again, obelisk may not be the right word for these, but it’s the same idea. As a fallen branch hoarder, I love any idea like this for repurposing tree branches in the garden. These ones will support peas and beans behind the onion patch.

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11 Trellis Obelisk

Here’s another one that makes use of shrub or tree twigs or slim branches. This one is more like a trellis, but you could also build it with four main legs (each one made from several pieces) like an obelisk.

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12 Classic White Obelisk

Here’s another classic one. In this design, the four legs meet at the top, coming to a slender point, with a spire on top.

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I hope you’ve found some ideas for your garden. Whether you buy one or make one, obelisks look great in just about any growing space.

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I want to make a pyramid out of hardboard and want to know what angle the joints will be. The base of the pyramid will be square. I am thinking it will be a 45 degree cut on 4 triangular pieces. Is this right? Thanks for any guidance. Also each side is 10″ long and it is 8″ high. Thanks for any help. -Jay


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Assuming your triangles sides are all the same length. each angle of the triangle would be 60 degrees. ie. 180 degrees in a triangle..

Edited 3/28/2004 9:20 pm ET by BG

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I need to know the miter angle of the side piece edges, where the joint will be, I,m not concerned about the corner angle. I hope I am being clear. Thanks for the input though.

Knowledge is power, but only if applied in a timely fashion.

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On a slightly different page at the site given by goldhiller, there is a calculator for exactly this sort of problem:

(The page he gave is the explanation of how this works.)

Just enter the number of sides (4), the base length (10), and the height (8), and it tells you to tilt the blade to 36.84 degrees to miter the edges. You will get the right angle for your triangular sides with the miter gauge set to 62.08 degrees. (That would be the corner angle you don’t really need.) If you want to make the bottom edges sit flat on a table, it also tells you to tilt the blade to 32.01 degrees for that.

This is weird, I just finished up trying this exact problem, if you are asking about the angles and bevels to make a 45 degree pyramid try these,set the bevel / tilt to 30 degrees and set the miter at 35.5 degrees, this will give you a 45 degree slope on 4 sides. Of course I know now that trying to find those EXACT marks is not easy , but then nothing is ! This worked for me but it seems that the length of the base was dependent on the capacity of my miter saw to cut the width of board , does that make any sense? I suppose if you use a table saw then it will not matter

Edited 3/29/2004 3:20 pm ET by maddog

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Simple techniques transform plumbing pipes into functional garden structures

I appreciate the cool shade of the towering fir trees in my suburban Portland garden, but my flowers don’t. The roses sprawl toward the east in search of morning sun, and the delphiniums lean longingly toward the light. To support my wandering climbers, I wanted a trellis that would be decorative in both summer and winter. I searched without success through catalogs and nurseries for carefree, long-lasting structures until, finally, I saw what I wanted in a local garden—a simple, but handsome, freestanding, copper trellis.

Copper appealed to me because it is so decorative. After a season in the elements, its bright color weathers to a deep, warm brown that blends nicely into the garden. As the years pass, oxidation slowly burnishes the brown to a soft, muted green.

To plan my trellis, I sketched a sample, and used bamboo to build a model. Then I moved on to using copper, and with help from my brother, Terry, I built a trellis large enough—about 20 inches square and 4 feet high—to train a mature rosebush. That was just the start. Now I’m hooked on making copper garden structures. I have several different trellises, an arbor, and lots of ideas. The techniques I learned while building the trellis can be used to create just about anything. But it all started with this simple, basic structure.

Copper is easy to work with, too. A few simple tools—including a pipe cutter and soldering torch—are all it takes. Using soft, easily bendable copper tubing to make curves, assorted lengths of pipe for straight sections, and T-shaped and 90-degree elbow fittings to join pipes together, building a garden structure is as easy as playing with Tinkertoys. My first trellis took just about three hours to build. The materials are inexpensive, too—my homemade trellis cost about $30, excluding tools.

Cut the copper pipe to length

The first step is getting the materials ready, and that means using a pipe cutter to cut the copper pipes to size. Place the pipe between the tool’s cutting wheel and its rollers, so that the cutting wheel hits the pipe where it should be cut. Turn the set screw to put pressure on the pipe. Keep the pressure gentle—too much can crush or crimp the pipe. Rotate the cutter around the pipe twice. This first cut scores the copper. Tighten the set screw a little more, and rotate the cutter twice around the pipe again. Repeat until the pipe has been cut through.

Bend and cut the curves

For the curves, I use copper refrigerator coil instead of standard plumbing pipe. It’s softer and bends more easily. It comes in a roll, and I simply uncoil some, measure along the curve and cut off 17 inches. With soft tubing, it’s even more important to make the cuts gently. Don’t straighten out the tubing while measuring or cutting; it may crimp or dent. Once I’ve cut the piece to length, I bend it gently to a shape that is almost a quarter circle. Then I cut and bend three other pieces to match it.

Clean and flux the pipes

After cutting the pipes, I use a nylon or metal cleaning pad to scour away any oxide from the ends of the pipe. Clean at least an inch at each end.

Then, I don a pair of latex or rubber gloves and set up in a well-ventilated, bright work space to avoid fumes from the solder and flux. Brush a thin coat of soldering flux-a substance that helps create stronger bonds when soldering most metals-onto the end of any pipe that is to fit into a T-shaped, elbow-shaped, or other fitting. That means 12 inch of fluxing both ends of most pipes.

Assemble the base

I start at the bottom of the trellis, fitting the top end of the four longest pipes into a T-shaped fitting. They should fit neatly. I connect shorter, upright pieces to the opposite side of the fitting, creating a pole about 38 inches long, with the T fitting near the middle and an 18-inch, horizontal bar to link two of the poles into H-shaped assemblies. I place reducer-T fittings at the top corners, and connect the two pieces with the second pair of 18-inch, horizontal crossbars. To help align all the pieces, I mark a 20-inch square on the garage floor, and use it as a guide for the base of the trellis. Use the diagram on the facing page to guide assembly.

Add the domed top

Because the square top is composed of so many short lengths of pipe joined with so many fittings, it’s easier to work on this piece separately on a flat surface. To make the top, I flux the ends of each pipe and assemble four identical pieces, each with two 3-inch lengths of pipe joined by a T fitting in the middle. Then, using the elbow-shaped fittings, I join the four straight pieces into a square. The stem of each T fitting should face out in order to connect to the four curved pieces that link the square to the rest of the structure (see the drawing at right). The other end of the curved piece fits onto the small opening of the reducer T fittings on the base. I don’t worry about making the dome perfect at this point.

Solder from the bottom up

I usually turn the soldering over to my brother, Terry. He’s an expert. I’ve done enough, though, to know soldering takes practice. I also know this project is very forgiving, and that it is easy to wipe off excess soft solder with a damp, cotton cloth.

Wearing his safety glasses, Terry works from the bottom of the trellis up, squaring or straightening each joint before applying solder. When the joint looks good, he uncoils an 8-inch length of solder; this keeps his hands away from hot pipes and the torch flame.

Then he lights the propane torch and starts heating the area he wants to solder. He moves the torch back and forth evenly across the fitting, never aiming it directly at a joint—it’s too easy to burn off the flux. Flux is essential to a good bond, so if he does burn it away, he lets the joint cool, cleans the parts again with the scouring pad, reapplies the flux, and tries again.

When the flux starts to bubble, the temperature is just about right. He gives it a little more heat, then touches the solder to the joint; it melts on contact and flows smoothly into place. Any excess is wiped away. Pipes should always be handled with care—they can be very hot, even a foot or two from the fitting. The trick is to work slowly until you get the feel for it. It isn’t necessary to make the joints watertight.

Square off the dome

Once the upright and horizontal pieces have been soldered, adjust the curved pieces and the square top. Check by eye to make sure the curved pieces are arranged symmetrically and that the square top is parallel with the ground. After we adjust all the pieces, Terry solders the dome joint by joint, checking to make sure that unsoldered pieces have not shifted. Once he’s finished, I use a stiff wire brush to clean any excess solder and flux off the joints.

I like to let the copper age naturally. But if you cannot wait for the verdigris finish to appear, a faux verdigris paint will give it an aged look.

Move the finished trellis to the garden

Copper structures are easily installed in the garden. I take a 3-foot length of rebar and drive it 18 inches into the ground, then slip the copper pipe over the rebar. That’s all there is to it. There’s no need to pound in a piece of rebar for each of the four legs; two lengths of rebar fitted to two legs of the trellis should easily hold the structure in place.

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Tuteur is the french word for “trainer”, as in a place for vines, climbing roses, green beans etc. to grow on.

You may be more familiar with words like obelisk, teepee, trellis, tower and pyramid.

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At any rate, I wanted to share a fun project that my husband and I did together last summer. I saved the information for you because I thought it would make a good springtime post and an even more fantastic mother’s day gift idea!

We built three tutuers for our green beans to grow on and they are just stunning in the middle of a garden.

And get this- each one only costs $25.00 worth of wood and 90 minutes to make!

So, if you love this idea, put a bug in someone’s ear to make you one- or three– for mother’s day!

Supplies Needed

  • Purchased Finial
    • sometimes you can find these on Craigslist, too
  • Square TOP Piece to put the finial on
    • you can buy a piece like this in the fence building section of a hardware store or cut 5 1/2″ piece of a 2 x 6, which will give you a 5 1/2″ by 5 1/2″ by 1 1/2″ thick block for the finial to sit on. We routered the top edge with a 1/4″ bit to give it a finished look.
  • 8 Pieces of Wood 2″x 2″x 8′
  • 2 Pieces of Wood 1″x 2″x 8′
  • Level
  • Drill
  • 2 1/2 Deck Screws
  • Wood Glue
  • 16 Gauge Nail Gun and Galvanized Finish Nails
  • Compound Miter Saw

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DIY French Tuteur Tutorial

For Vertical Supports-

  • Cut each 8′ 1″x2″ in half and saw off all eight ends to make a point. These do not need to be exact, they are only for decoration.

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For Legs-

  • Take four of the 8′ 2″ x 2″ and cut off 1 foot to make four pieces that are 7′ long
  • Set the saw for a 7 degree bevel, 7 degree miter
  • One at a time, cut one end of each leg, then SLIDE, DO NOT ROLL, the leg to trim the other end off. See the pic below.

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For Cross Member-

  • Set the saw for 7 degree bevel, 45 degree miter
  • Take the remaining 2″ x 2″ x 8′ s and cut using this method- cut the right end, roll 180 degrees (i.e. roll towards you twice), slide to the right, cut the left end
  • Measure along the top side, which is the shortest side
  • Cut four 10″ pieces, four 15″ pieces, four 20″ pieces and four 25″ pieces

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  • Fit the cross members into four frames and nail with the nail gun

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  • Mark the outside edges of the four legs at 16″ from the bottom, this mark will show you where to place the bottom frame
  • Mark the three largest frames in the middle of each side so you will know where to attach the vertical supports
  • Mark the half way point on each vertical support
  • Mark the square top piece with a cross hair so you have four quadrants. Now draw 2 additional lines, 1 1/2″ on either side of each vertical and horizontal line.
  • Drill a pilot hole just inside each corner of the square that has formed from the lines and also a hole directly in the center for the finial.

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  • Attach the upper end of each leg with a screw and wood glue. Fitting them into the drawn squares and turning them until each angle is lined up perfectly level on the square piece and the floor
  • Now, one by one, slide each frame down over the “teepee” frame you have created, starting by aligning the largest frame at the pencil mark you have drawn. The top of the frame should hit the pencil mark. Screw into place.
  • Continue adding the other three frames, largest to the smallest. Use the level to keep everything level and screw each frame into place as you go.
  • Align the vertical supports on the marks at the centers of the bottom three frames, screw into place
  • Finally, decide if you want to paint or stain them, we just left ours natural and they turned gray with time.

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If you are on Instagram and you do make one or some of these tuteurs, please tag me and I will share you on my account!

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Garden trellis panels and frames are ideal for vines and creepers. If you are growing sweet peas, beans, grapes, peas or tomatoes, the bamboo trellis will prove useful. In fact, the garden plants that need support to grow will benefit will not be disappointed.

You can build bamboo trellis to any shape because the sticks are strong and bendable. So if you want to build a garden trellis, the first thing is to make the panels. You can either make a single panel or multiple panels and combine them into a frame.

What you will need

You will need a pair of secateurs or garden loppers, handsaw, garden ropes, cable ties and bamboo sticks. If you do not grow the running or clumping bamboos, you can purchase the sticks from a DIY shop or source them online.

Below are steps for building three different kinds of garden trellis: slender arch, a-framed, pyramid and square trellis.

Slim-arched Trellis

Making an arch wall trellis using Fishpole Bamboo

An arch trellis is ideal for narrow walls and small gardens. Small creeper plants will also love the slender-slim bamboo trellis.

To make it, you will need two tall bamboo sticks (link) and plenty of short ones, a pair of secateurs and garden ropes or small cable ties.

  • Firstly, tie the tips of the two sticks together.
  • Secondly, bend the sticks to form an arch-shape. (You can adjust the length and width to your liking).
  • Then, tie the short bamboo sticks horizontally and vertically – the closer the better. (You can also do this diagonally).
  • Finally cut off any uneven edges sticking out.

That’s it. Your slim-arch trellis is ready to use!

Sweet pea garden trellis

Bamboo pot trellis: (L) Sweet pea in full summer bloom and (R) the sweet pea and trellis support in winter.

Sweet peas love the pyramid-like trellis with three sides. If you are growing them in a large pot or in the garden, you should build this trellis. It looks more or less like a wigwam, but the better because the bamboo sticks will cross-cross close together to form an adorable pattern.

The sweet pea garden trellis will have 3 side panels, when combined they’ll form a pyramidal structure. That means that you will have to make three separate trellis panels and put them together.

As a side note, you can build more than three panels (in this case they’ll be squares) and put them together, side-by-side.

You will need bamboo sticks, garden ropes, cable ties, a handsaw and a pair of secateurs.

Here is how to build it

  • Firstly, cut 6 lots of bamboos in equal lengths of 4m. (These bamboos will form the sides of the trellis panels).
  • Secondly, you’ll make three trellis bamboo panels, use 2 bamboos you cut earlier and tie some small bamboo sticks in a triangular shape.
  • Thirdly, repeat the same step until you’ve made 3 triangular trellis panels.
  • Then, use cable ties or garden ropes to tie the 3 trellis panels together to form a pyramid structure.
  • Finally, cut out the uneven edges and tidy them up.

That’s it, your Sweet Pea Garden Trellis is ready to use. Grow the sweet pea seeds or of the new plant underneath and around the trellis. They will look lovely!

A-framed trellis panels

(L) Making A-frame trellis for runner beans, (R) new runner beans climbing up.

This kind of trellis is best for runner beans and other creeper plants that rely on need staking. You have the option to build two trellis panels assemble them or build the A-framed structure in the garden.

For a 4m x 4m A-framed trellis, you’ll need 21 bamboo sticks.

To build it, follow these steps:

  • Firstly, stake 6 sticks on each side to form an A-shape. (The best way to start is to make the front, middle and back As – we call them the 3As)
  • Secondly, tie a long bamboo or bamboos across the top of the 3As. (This is the length of the A-framed trellis panel).
  • Thirdly, put the other bamboo stick in between the spaces and tie them together. You will have to space them apart according to the number of plants you want to grow.
  • Then, tie 3 or 4 bamboo across (or diagonally) to strengthen the trellis panel.
  • Finally, your A-framed bamboo trellis is ready.

Your runner beans are going to adore the A-framed trellis.

Note that if you are going to build a trellis for planting the runner beans, you may have to stake them 20cm to 30cm apart. That means that you will need additional sticks, where necessary.

Square trellis panels

Square trellis provides good support for creeper plants.

The square trellis is not only a multi-purpose trellis but makes a nice centrepiece for the garden. You can grow flowers, soft fruit, vines and vegetables such as cucumbers to grapes and passion fruit.

To build a 4m x 4m square trellis with two opened ends and three closed ends, you’ll need 35 small bamboo sticks and 4 treated posts. You’ll also need hand tools.

Here is the material breakdown:

  • 4 treated posts 4m in length,
  • 8 sticks on each side (x2 panels),
  • 8 for the top panel,
  • 10 sticks for strengthening the sides and top panels, and
  • 1 extra.

And, here are the quick steps to guide you when building the trellis.

  • Firstly, use the first lot of 8 sticks to build the first panel.
  • Secondly, repeat the 3 steps to build the other – you should have three 4m x 4m trellis panels.
  • Thirdly, dig the soil and lay the 4 treated posts at each corner.
  • Next, tie the three panels to the posts.
  • Then, strengthen the trellis by tying bamboo sticks across the frame (or diagonally along it)
  • Finally, your square trellis is ready.

The square trellis is a stunner – a great garden centrepiece.

The treated posts give this trellis longevity. It can last for up to 10 years or more. After that, you can replace the bamboo trellis panels and give them a new look.

Your plants are going to love it.

Bamboos are durable

Bamboos are not only stunning garden plants, they are also an eco-friendly and durable.

We hope this article inspires you to create a beautiful bamboo hanging wall planter.

Please, let us know what you think about this project or tell us about your latest project. We would love to hear from you.

Pyramid trellises are an often underutilized element in garden and landscape design. In this article, we’ll explain how these unique and relatively inexpensive trellis designs can add a visual punch to your yard.

Pyramid trellises, also sometimes referred to as obelisks, make awesome focal points in a garden or landscape design. Available in a multitude of styles, sizes, and colors, choosing one that’s right for your yard can be difficult. In this article, we’ll explore today’s options in pyramid trellis designs and some of their many uses in the garden.

Pyramid trellises, as the name would suggest, are typically pyramid shaped, though they can vary a lot in height and width. Most commonly, they are tall, thin structures that rise up above the rest of the garden, adding a vertical element to an otherwise mostly horizontal plane. One great way to help draw the eye upward with an obelisk is to use it as a support structure for a climbing plant. Vines such as ivy, honeysuckle, clematis, morning glory, or sweet pea will all grow up a pyramid trellis without any problem. Simply plant the vine where you want it in the garden and carefully position the pyramid trellis over the top, making sure to secure the structure to the ground. Remember that as the foliage grows up the obelisk, it will catch wind more easily, making it susceptible to blowing over in a strong wind storm. Some obelisks are tall enough that part of their base can be buried in the ground. If this is not the case, find a way to stake it securely.

Another alternative for someone who likes the idea of a pyramid trellis but doesn’t have a lot of garden space is to position it over a planter box. Measure the base of your trellis, both width and length, and then seek out a planter box that has slightly larger dimensions. Plant a climbing vine or flower in the planter, position the trellis over the top, and you’ve got an instant eye-catching addition to your deck or patio. Some pyramid trellises can even be purchased with special planter bases, specifically designed to fit together, saving you the time and trouble of finding two disparate pieces that will work with each other.

Pyramid trellises are commonly constructed of wood and often feature adornments such as metal cap pieces or other decorative elements attached to the structure. The reason for this is that some people don’t want to allow a climbing vine to overtake the trellis; instead, they prefer to let the obelisk stand on its own, adding an architectural element to the garden. If you are building or buying a wood obelisk, be sure to consider the type of wood used. Redwoods such as cedar are the best option because they are naturally weather and pest resistant. Cheaper woods like pine tend to break down and decay quickly in the outdoor elements.

Other good material choices include plastic and metal. Again, it’s important to know the specific type of material you’re buying. With plastics, look for high quality vinyl products that contain a UV inhibitor. This will prevent the material from discoloring or fading in the sunlight. The primary advantage of a vinyl trellis is that it won’t require any maintenance such as painting or staining to look good, and you’ll never have to worry about it decaying, splintering, rotting, or drawing wood-boring insects. If you’re shopping for a metal obelisk, steer clear of iron or steel, unless you like the look of red rust. Both these metals will rust very quickly outdoors, and eventually the red rust can seep into the soil, poisoning nearby plants. Copper is a common choice because it weathers with a unique patina over time. Aluminum is a great option if you don’t want the appearance of the trellis to change. Aluminum will not rust and it’s lightweight and extremely durable.

No matter what size or style you choose, adding a pyramid trellis to your garden or landscape is a great decision. They are far less expensive than an arbor or pergola, yet they still add visual interest and beauty to your yard. If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to create a focal point in your garden, look no further than a pyramid trellis.

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Happy Tuesday, friends!! I hope you’re having a great start to the new week!!

Today, Tara and I are each sharing a quick and easy summer craft. I put together a simple trellis for my new Mandevilla plant.

It has been a cold and rainy all day, so I brought this project inside.

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What you’ll need:

twine and/or ribbon

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Start by planting your plant in your container, using a good potting soil mix.

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Insert four bamboo stakes into the soil, around the edges of the planter.

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Using twine/ribbon, tie the four stakes together, wrap the twine around and around the top of the stakes to secure.

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Once the stakes were secured together, I started wrapping the Mandevilla vines up around the stakes. Mandevilla likes to climb, which is why it decide to add the trellis. This was such a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to build a sweet little trellis. I love it!!

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I also added a couple silk ribbons to the top, because why not!! I love adding little snippets of ribbon/lace wherever I can! I cant wait to put this outside, in my yard, to watch it grow and thrive throughout the summer months! Yay for summer and all the summer flowers!!

Let’s hop over and see what Tara is sharing today! simply click on the picture below….

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Thank you so much for stopping by today!! I appreciate you all.

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A pergola is an open outdoor structure that is made up of wooden posts and has a trussed roof. To build a pergola you’ll need to prepare and measure a space in your yard before laying down the foundation posts. Once a strong foundation is in place, you’ll finish the project by constructing the roof. With the right materials and forethought, you can build a sturdy pergola that can add some style to your yard’s decor and can create a shaded area where you can relax and socialize.

Thereof, how do you grow a clematis up an obelisk?

Add some slow-release balanced fertiliser. If planting in a container plant up some smaller containers and place around the clematis so that the sun doesn’t hit the side of its pot. If growing in a container provide an obelisk or a wigwam of canes or rustic poles for the plant to scramble up.

Likewise, how do you make a metal obelisk? A simple, metal obelisk can easily be created using galvanised garden wire and metal rods. Create an interesting shape by bending the rods and securing them in place with the wire. The structure can be as big as you like, although a minimum of about 1m high is best for the most lightweight climbers.

One may also ask, what is a garden obelisk?

Garden obelisks are tall structures with pyramid tops used as garden decor and plant supports. These photos come from home gardens and show a variety of DIY structures from rustic to classic. For more ideas, also see 10 Outstanding Vertical Garden Ideas and the Arbors, Trellis, and Obelisk Idea Gallery.

How do you secure a garden obelisk?

Garden Obelisk Just put the obelisk over the rose, and secure the obelisk with pegs or spikes in the ground and tie the rose’s branches to it. This is relatively easy to set up but it is important to make sure the obelisk is safely secured to the ground so that strong winds will not blow it over.

This step by step diy project is about pyramid trellis plans. Building pyramid trellis will add a distinctive touch to your backyard at a low cost. The best part of this project is that any person with basic skills can get the job done in a professional manner. Follow the instructions with great care and pay attention to the tips, if you want to prevent costly mistakes.

There are a few things that you should know before starting the actual project. As you can see in the image, we recommend you to invest in quality materials, such as pine, cedar or redwood. Always take accurate measurements and use a good saw to cut the components at the right size. Assemble the components together and always drill pilot holes before inserting the screws, to prevent the wood form splitting. See all my Premium Plans HERE.

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  • A – 4 pieces of 2×2 lumber – 83 1/2” long LEGS
  • B – 1 piece of wooden post cap POST CAP
  • C – 1×2 lumber – both ends cut at 6 degrees SUPPORTS
  • D – 8 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 57″ long, 4 pieces of 1×2 lumber – 28 1/2″ long SLATS
  • 2 1/2″ screws
  • 1 1/4″ screws
  • wood stain
  • wood filler
  • wood glue

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Top Tip: Building a pyramid trellis is a beautiful project, as it represents a simple way of adding value and charm to your garden. As you will see in this article, you just have to invest in quality materials and use proper tools.

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Building the frame

The first step of the project is to build the two sides of the pyramid trellis. As you can notice in the image, you need to build the frame of the trellis from 2×2 lumber. Cut the ends of the components at 6 degrees, using a good circular saw.

Lock the components together at the top with 2 1/2″ galvanized screws. Drill pilot holes trough the components and insert galvanized screws. Build another A-frame, in the same manner described previously.

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Assembling the frame

Assemble the both sides of the pyramid trellis as in the image. Lean the both sides of the A-frames at 6 degrees and lock them with galvanized screws.

Top Tip: Align everything with great care, if you want to get a professional result.

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Attaching the supports

The next step of the woodworking project is to attach the braces to the pyramid frame. Work with great care, making sure you level the braces with a spirit level, before locking them to the legs with wooden screws.

Leave about 12″ between the braces or adjust these aspects to suit your needs. You need to take accurate measurements before fitting the components into place, otherwise the ends result might not meet your expectations.

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Attaching the slats

One of the last steps of the project is to attach the rest of the components to the supports. As you can see in the image, we recommend you to attach 1×2 slats to the supports, making sure you place them equally spaced.

Top Tip: Drill pilot holes trough the slats before locking them into place, to prevent the wood from splitting. Add waterproof glue to the joints, if you want to add rigidity to the structure.

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Fitting the post cap

Attach a post cap to the top of the pyramid trellis, if you want to enhance the look of your woodworking project.

Top Tip: You could choose any design that suits your needs, so let your imagination and creativity to add a personal touch to the project.

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Last but not least, you have to take care of the finishing touches. Therefore, fill the holes and the cracks with wood filler and let it dry out for several hours, before sanding the surface with 120-grit sandpaper.

Top Tip: Protect the wooden components from rot by applying several coats of paint. Choose colors that match the design of the rest of your property, as to enhance the look of the octagon table.

This woodworking project was about garden trellis plans. If you want to see more outdoor plans, we recommend you to check out the rest of our step by step projects.

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Pyramid Trellis in Vegetable Garden

A pyramid trellis gives structure and support to climbing vegetables like beans.

Photo by: Shutterstock/Arina P Habich

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Q: I have a very small garden and think that trellises might be a great way to grow more vegetables like cucumbers and beans in a small space. But I have no idea how to plot out trellises or what crops grow best on them. Can you help?

Yes! Trellises and other vertical support structures are a great way to maximize growing space in a small garden. When you can’t go sideways, go up! They have other wonderful benefits, too. They provide more exposure to sunlight and better air circulation around the plant, which can prevent disease later in the season. They also lift fruit up off of the ground where they are less likely to rot or be within easy reach of pests. The neatness a trellis provides also makes it a lot easier to find the fruit once it develops, rather than becoming lost in a sea of tangled vegetation.

Above and beyond that, I like trellises for the aesthetic appeal they provide. I use mine as visual anchors, positioning them at key spots that help lead the eye through the garden. For that reason I try to situate the most beautiful edible vines—‘Scarlet Runner’ beans, colorful peas and melons with beautiful foliage—in the foreground where they will be seen.

Anything that grows as a vertical vine is a good candidate for trellising. Cucumbers, melons, peas and climbing beans have already been mentioned. Vining squash plants are also excellent candidates, although heavy fruit, especially pumpkins, will require some kind of sling to help bear their weight. Kiwi fruit, vining tomatoes, hops, Malabar spinach and a few other lesser-known oddities are also worth growing in this manner.

While you can build hard-core, permanent support structures for the garden, I think it’s worth trying your hand with a few easily-built, temporary trellises that only last a year. I prefer these as they allow you to try something new next season. Most take no longer than an hour to set up and you can be as slapdash or as fanciful with them as you like.

The following are a few of my favorites:

The Pyramid

This is the most basic structure and one of the sturdiest. Three or more stakes (I prefer bamboo) are set into the ground on an angle in a triangle, diamond or circular pattern all leaning towards each other in the center. Secure with heavy twine.

The Rustic Obelisk

This is my favorite for climbing peas and beans as its rustic charm creates a really nice focal point in the garden, even when the plants are small. Construct a tripod shape as above using multiple tree branches. Weave long, thin branches in and out around the lower portion (called wattling). It looks great and it also creates stability as well as horizontal supports that the young plants can reach for. You can do another portion in the middle and again at the top for added interest and support.

The A-Frame

Push two thick stakes into the ground at an angle so that they meet and cross at the top. Lash together using wire or heavy cording. Repeat a few feet away. Set a horizontal railing between the two cross bars at the top of the trellis and lash together. Add more vertical crosspieces to support the center if you are making a very wide trellis. Cover the entire thing in netting if you are using it to grow cucumbers or squashes. Their little tendrils will eagerly grab onto the thin netting.

Trellising Tip: Pound all stakes as deeply into the ground as you can for extra stability. What seems sturdy now might not be once it is bearing the weight of heavy fruit and foliage against strong late-season winds.

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21 September, 2017

A garden trellis is a decorative yet utilitarian garden accessory. Although many climbing plants will also creep along the ground, if space is at a premium in your garden, training your plants to grow up a trellis helps free up space in the garden for other plants. You can purchase trellises in a variety of shapes and sizes; they are generally made from wood, vinyl or iron. Getting your trellis into the ground and ready for your climbing plants takes a bit of muscle.

Place your trellis in the north side of the garden and orient it so that it runs in an east to west direction. This will help avoid shading other plants.

Measure the distance between the two upright legs of the trellis. Place rocks or other marking devices on the soil, the same distance apart as the trellis’s two upright legs.

  • A garden trellis is a decorative yet utilitarian garden accessory.
  • Place rocks or other marking devices on the soil, the same distance apart as the trellis’s two upright legs.

Drive one post into the ground at the first marker. Use a heavy mallet or hammer to drive it at least 18 inches into the soil.

Drive the second post into the ground, at the same depth as the first, at the other marker.

Position the trellis against the posts with the uprights in front of the posts. Wire the upright to the post 3 inches from the top. Wire the bottom of the upright 3 inches from the ground. Repeat with the other upright.

  • Drive one post into the ground at the first marker.
  • Wire the bottom of the upright 3 inches from the ground.

Trellis Care

Because a trellis is a vertical support for vines and other climbing plants, it needs to be able to support those plants. Some people confuse a trellis with a pergola, which is a vertical and horizontal structure attached to a building. Caring for a trellis is similar to, but usually simpler, than that of the other three. Trellis care is governed by the materials it is made from, where it is located and how it was constructed and installed. Wooden posts installed directly into the soil will show signs of rot quickly. The paint on a wood trellis will crack and peel over time, exposing the wood to rot. In spring, repair, scrape, prime and paint wooden parts of the trellis. Use a twig to twist and tighten the wires of a wire trellis. Always install a trellis strong enough to do its job. Install wooden trellises at least a foot from the house to maximize air circulation. A structure that is hinged at the base can be lowered for easier maintenance. Liquid wood preservative helps unpainted wood stay rot-free.

How to build a pyramid trellis

How to build a pyramid trellis

Deane Biermeier is an expert contractor with nearly 30 years of experience in all types of home repair, maintenance, and remodeling. He is a certified lead carpenter and also holds a certification from the EPA. Deane is a member of The Spruce’s Home Improvement Review Board.

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This DIY obelisk garden trellis is so versatile, it can be used for all sorts of plants that love to climb and trail. You can use it as a tomato cage or as a general support for any type of plant. At the top is space for a lightweight planting pot, too.

Because the trellis is 6 feet tall, you’ll have plenty of vertical room for draping vines or spiller or trailing plants like wisteria, honeysuckle, snapdragons, or jasmine. Plants like roses that grow upward will be eager to climb the trellis, too.

How You’ll Build This DIY Trellis

Though this garden obelisk trellis has a fair number of pieces, it’s actually an easy build. First, you create one side of the trellis—a ladder shape with two legs and five rungs. Once that’s done, duplicate the ladder shape for the opposite side.

Connect the two ladders with five more rungs per side and you’re done with the build.

What makes this project so easy is that there are no complicated angles to cut: Each piece of wood is square-cut.

You can build this obelisk DIY garden trellis in about an hour. Once you build one trellis, you’ve created a pattern that can be used to make more trellises.

A pyramid roof is one of the many variations of hip roofs. Hip roofs essentially lack gables or vertical sides. Just like the name suggests, a pyramid roof takes the shape of a pyramid and it is constructed on top of a square or a rectangular base.

This kind of roof is suitable for small structures or small sections of the home, such as garages and pool houses.

In a pyramid roof, all the sides slope downwards towards the wall and they may have three or more rectangular faces depending on the size of the structure, as well as the design preferences of the owner of the structure.

In the United States, this kind of roofing was very popular in the construction of American Foursquare house styles during the years prior to 1930.

American builders have known how to frame a pyramid hip roof with pride for many decades. Commonly known as box houses, the Foursquare houses were viewed as a migration from the more elaborate styles of the Victorian homes.

The types of houses or homes that used and still use pyramid hip roofs are the classic American bungalows, log cabins and the modern Victoria-style homes.


There are a number of reasons that make pyramid hip roof construction appealing to some people. Generally, hip roofs are very efficient in places with high winds.

Their rather conservative construction makes them less prone to wind damages hence you don’t have to worry about constant roof maintenance and repair following windy weather. Besides this, here are some benefits that pyramid roofs have:

Pyramid hip roofs are wind resistant –This is perhaps the most admirable feature for those looking on how to build a pyramid roof.

Since the roofs are shaped with equal pitch on both sides, the structures tend to have good aerodynamic features, giving them the ability to withstand strong winds compared to the normal gable roofs.

They are therefore ideal for use in the coastal regions where tough winds and storms are common occurrences.

Pyramid hip roofs have natural insulation – insulation is an important aspect in all components of a building. This is simply because it will ultimately determine the energy bills, especially during the very cold or very hot seasons.

The good insulation capabilities of these roof types come from the fact that they have eaves all around the structure, thus creating a natural insulation phenomenon. By learning how to frame a pyramid hip roof builders can leave ample room for insulation materials.

With this design component, the interior temperatures of the room will always be low and this goes a long way in helping you save the cost of running your air conditioner.

Pyramid hip roofs have efficient drainage capabilities – Drainage is a bothersome problem that most roofs usually face, especially the flat ones or those with a very low pitch.

With poor drainage, the roof will collect rain water and fail to direct it away. This causes deeper problems not only to the roof, but to other the sections of the structure. Pyramid hip roofs on the other hand never have any drainage issues.

They have equal slopes with no flat surfaces, hence water will always drain away almost immediately. You therefore don’t expect to experience problems such as mold growth or leaks on a pyramid hip roof since it is very efficient in draining away rain water.


Even with all these rosy benefits, pyramid hip roofs have certain disadvantages that you need to know about before you consider constructing one. They as follows-:

Small internal space – this is the main disadvantages with not just a pyramid hip roof, but almost all of the other variations of hip roofs. As we find out how to frame a pyramid hip roof we start to see how much internal space the framing takes up.

A Pyramid hip roof is very limiting with regards to internal space hence this makes to be less attractive for construction where storage and living room can’t be compromised.

The small space also means that accessing the attic area for repair and maintenances is also very difficult for the roofing experts.

Pyramid hip roofs are expensive to install – Compared to gable roofs, pyramid hip roofs are very expensive to construct and install. They require a lot of materials, long man hours, as well as a high cost of labor, hence many homeowners prefer to avoid them.

In addition to the high costs, whoever is looking forward to implementing a pyramid hip roof plan in his structures must be prepared to face a complex design process.

These kinds of roofs demand a lot in terms of designing and this is also likely to further inflate the overall cost of implementing the roof.


The process of framing a pyramid hip roof may or may not be complicated depending on the size of the structure and the particular style you are interested in.

Outlined below are the basic steps towards framing a pyramid hip roof. Kindly consult with your local roofing expert for more refined processes:

  • You will need to have a circular saw, a measuring tape, a 2-by-6 lumber, nails and a hammer.
  • Decide on the pitch of the pyramid roof you want to construct. Remember, the pitch will ultimately determine the final length of the hip rafters you will use.
  • Section the four rafters in accordance with the pitch you chose. For instance, you can cut the rafters at 45 degrees if you are using a pitch of 12/12.
  • Install the initial two opposite rafters while positioning them to lean against each other and then extend them diagonally towards the opposite corners. Secure them safely by nailing them together.
  • Install the next pair of the rafters so that they can butt at the top joint of the initial pair of rafters.
  • Continue installing the remaining rafters as you allow them to extend downwards towards the walls.

Though pyramid hip roof construction can be demanding and time consuming, when done in the correct way, it leads to a structurally sound roof which is also less prone to wind damages.

Invest in a pyramid hip roof if you want to enjoy the great external aesthetics and you are comfortable taking care of the relatively high construction costs.

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Similar to plant supports used in Monticello’s gardens, the garden pyramid trellis is carefully made from willow branches with galvanized metal brads and it collapses for winter storage. Pyramids provide sturdy support for peas, beans, tomatoes and flowering vines, with a rustic, natural look that suits many garden styles. Willow trellis is approximately 58″h. Customers suggest anchoring with metal pins or u-shaped spikes (not included).

The freestanding design of the willow trellis adds a warm, welcoming accent to your garden landscape. Willow trellis offers protection as well as a climbing structure for vines and other tall plants.

How to build a pyramid trellis

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Wondering how to build a raspberry trellis for your backyard berries? I think you’ll love the simple method we used for our berries here on the farm.

You’ll need just a few supplies and a few simple tools. This process is so simple that it took my husband Greg less than two hours to construct and install.

How to build a pyramid trellis

And just like that, our raspberries and blackberries finally have the support they need. This trellis system should keep the berry plants in check, and allow for easier harvesting.

Plus this simple wooden trellis looks good. It definitely looks better than our previous setup of chicken wire wrapped around assorted stakes. Yikes!

Ready to learn how to build a raspberry trellis? Let’s do it!

We even made a video for you (see below) and printable step-by-step instructions, complete with tools and supplies lists. Click here to print the instructions from my Resource Library.

How to Build a Raspberry Trellis


  • (4) 8′ 4x4s
  • (8) 3″ 3/8″ hex screws bolts with washers
  • (16) 7″ eye bolts with nuts
  • Wire (8x the length of your berry row, plus extra for attaching to eye bolts)


  • Measuring tape
  • Miter saw
  • Table saw
  • Post hole digger
  • Tamping bar
  • Drill
  • Socket wrench
  • Wire snips

How to build a pyramid trellis


Please note: these instructions will probably make more sense in combination with the video tutorial posted above. I suggest taking advantage of both! For best results, read the steps listed below and check out the video.

1. Cut crossbeams.

Use a miter saw to cut two 4x4s into two 2.5′ beams and two 3.5′ beams.

2. Notch crossbeams.

Use a table saw to create a notch in the center of each crossbeam. Each notch should be about 3.5″ high and 3.5″ wide, in order to match the dimensions of the 4x4s. (Because the dimensions of a 4×4 are actually closer to 3.5″ x 3.5″.)

The depth of each notch should be about half the depth of the 4×4, or 1.75″. You want the notch in the cross beam to fit into the notch in the post.

Note: in the video, you’ll notice Greg mentions different dimensions. He made 2.5″ notches on the crossbeams and 1.5″ notches on the posts. It doesn’t really matter, as long as the two notches add up to about 3.5″, or the full depth of a 4×4. We suggest making 1.75″ notches on beams and posts because it’s easier to keep track of just one number.

3. Notch support posts.

Then use a table saw to make two notches in each 8′ support post.

On each support post, we made a notch 1′ from the top and then made another notch 22″ below the top notch. The bottom notch will be about 3′ off the ground once the post is sunk.

Again, each notch should be about 3.5″ high, 3.5″ wide, and 1.75″ deep.

4. Sink posts.

At each end of the berry row, dig a hole about 2′ deep and sink one 8′ support post into each hole. Use a tamping bar to pack the soil firmly back into the hole around each post.

5. Drill center holes.

Fit crossbeams onto support posts with the longer beams on top and the shorter beams below. Pre-drill holes for the 3″ bolts, centering two holes where each crossbeam intersects with a post.

How to build a pyramid trellis

6. Secure crossbeams.

Secure each crossbeam with two 3″ bolts and washers. Place one washer on each 3″ bolt and use a socket wrench to insert the bolts into the pre-drilled holes.

7. Drill holes for eye bolts.

After the crossbeams are attached, pre-drill four holes on each beam for the eye bolts. You’ll want to space them somewhat evenly across the beams.

Our eye bolts are placed about 4″ and 10″ from the center notch on the lower (shorter) beam, and about 6″ and 16″ from the center notch on the upper (longer) beam.

8. Add eye bolts.

Add four eye bolts to each crossbeam. Secure each eye bolt with a nut on the back of the beam. For now, don’t worry about tightening the nuts.

9. Add wire.

Loop wire onto each eye bolt, then stretch across and attach to the opposite eye bolt.

10. Tighten wire.

To tighten the wire, tighten each eye bolt nut with a socket wrench.

11. Arrange plants.

If your berry plants are tall enough, pull the top ends through the wire supports. Wear gloves for this step!

As your berry bushes grow, continue to feed branches through the wire supports to keep everything tidy.

How to build a pyramid trellis

A garden trellis is one of the most charming elements in a yard. It is functional and can give your plants more space to grow.

I’ve rounded up the most effective and impressive garden trellis ideas even a novice can build. Find the one that will perfectly suit your garden needs.

DIY Garden Trellis Projects | Easy & Functional

1. A-Frame Trellis

An A-frame trellis is two cedar frames hooked together using hinges. I suggest using chicken wire instead of the hardware cloth to give your plants larger holes for them to dangle off the trellis easily.

It is effective, easy to build, and can cost less than $50.

2. Obelisk Garden Trellis

Obelisk trellis’ vertical appearance resembling a pyramid structure provides a framework to train your plants to grow upwards.

It is perfect for vining plants in a vegetable garden or a flower garden. You can build one using bamboo, wood, or sturdy branches.

3. Honeycomb Trellis

This honeycomb trellis project will add a new story to any boring corner in your yard.

All you need are pine boards to form trapezoid pieces. Build hexagons using the trapezoid pieces, then connect them together and lay them out in different patterns to create a beautiful honeycomb garden trellis.

4. Chevron Lattice Trellis

Lattice is a structure of crossed wooden strips arranged to form diagonal patterns of open spaces. And chevron is a seamless zig-zag pattern to incorporate in your outdoor space.

You can build a DIY chevron lattice trellis using simple items you might already have in your house.

5. Teepee Garden Trellis

You can build either a complex teepee trellis or a basic one with three bamboo poles tied together.. It is handy for growing vining vegetables like peas, cucumbers, as well as ornamental flowering vines.

This trellis project should be at least 6-8 ft. tall and can be assembled out of branch cuttings from your yard to make it more simple and economical.

6. Arched Trellis

An arch trellis or arbor is a plant support with two side panels and an arched roof which creates a tunnel-like passage. It works best for invasive plants which tend to take over a big space in your yard.

Aside from providing sturdy support for your plants, arched trellis also creates picturesque entrances for your garden.

7. Ladder Trellis

Hardwood lumber is the best choice for building ladder trellis. Although you want to keep it simple, you also need to make it long-lasting. That’s why using a wood strong enough to support dense vines and growing fruits is ideal.

But if lumber is out of the budget, you can repurpose an old ladder and turn it into a functional garden trellis.

8. Copper Garden Trellis

Copper trellis is any plant support made with a standard copper water pipe. This project requires some soldering skills and a bending technique, so if you’re willing to do some extra work, then this is perfect for you!

A copper garden trellis can add a natural and warm note to your outdoor space, whether tarnished or shiny.

9. T-Posts Trellis

T-posts are great materials for building garden trellises. Aside from being inexpensive, they’re also strong and make steady plant support that lasts for years.

One good thing about T-posts is that you can build various garden trellis structures using the same T-post you used last year.

10. Wire Wall Trellis

Wire wall trellis is ideal for flowering vines like a climbing rose, sweet pea vine, and clematis. You can install this trellis on your wall garden to give it a beautiful focal point.

Stainless steel cables are the best material for a wire wall trellis. It provides strong support for heavy vines and won’t rot from changing weather conditions and water exposure.

11. Pallet Trellis

Did you know that a trellis made out of wood pallets is an inexpensive alternative that can give enough strength to support vining plants like squash, peas, zucchini, and melon?

By using simple materials such as twine thread and fixed wood pallets, you can easily build a sturdy A-frame to support your plants.

12. String Trellis

This simple garden trellis requires a wood frame and some durable strings. It is simple yet effective in handling climbing plants such as morning glories, tomatoes, and sweet peas.

Dye the strings with bright colors to create a more aesthetically pleasing garden display right before the vines take over the entire string trellis.

13. Rustic Garden Trellis

This trellis idea is one of the easiest and most practical ways of decorating your garden and providing support for your growing plants.

Rustic trellis makes use of sturdy branches lying around your yard. But be sure to pick the dry ones and not those branches that are nearly rotten so your trellis can be used as many times as needed.

14. Garden Tools Trellis

Create a clever garden trellis using old farm tools such as a garden fork and a shovel. All you need are some scrap wood and strong thread to attach them all together.

This easy DIY trellis idea provides a creative touch and primitive decor to your artsy vegetable garden.

15. Bike Rim Trellis

Bike rim trellis can be built using two old bike tires, an upright post, and a durable twine. This trellis idea is fun and cost-effective, which you can use to grow plenty of berries, peas, and cherry tomatoes.

Not only does it add charm to your garden, but it is also an indigenous way to upcycle old bike tires.

Watch this video by Josh Sattin on how to build a simple, cheap, and mobile trellis system in 5 minutes:

You cannot go wrong with a garden trellis. It is a space-saving element that can provide both strong plant support and additional enchantment to your garden.

By using any of these materials: wood pallet, wires, twine, string, copper pipe, or old bike tires, you can build an easy and functional garden trellis—no fuss!

Which among these garden trellis projects would you love to recreate? Let us know in the comments section below.

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A good sturdy garden trellis is a great treasure in the garden. Check out these trellises you can make at home with what you might already have. And get started with beginning gardening here too.

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Garden trellis can cost a lot and some of them just fall apart anyway. If you want a trellis that will last for years to come, my favorite kind is a cattle panel trellis. I have had them in our preschool garden for 8 years now. We have had to replace the zip ties twice, but they still stand strong all growing season long every year.

The kind of trellis you decide to make depends on your budget, tools, skills, and what you can haul home. I was fortunate enough to have help getting my cattle panels home.

Trellis can help support vining vegetables that can’t grow on the ground, but it can also help you grow more food in small spaces.

Cattle panel trellis

Cattle panels come in 16-foot lengths so they are difficult to transport. If you want to drive them home whole and you have a truck, you can just bend them inside the bed of the truck in an arch and they will travel perfectly.

If you don’t want to bend them, you might be able to find a store that will cut them for you, or you can cut them in the parking lot. The last time I got some, my friend picked them up in his truck. I called ahead and asked the store to cut them in half and load them for him. They didn’t mind at all. You can either cut them with a saws-all or large bolt cutters.

If you want directions on how to make them, check this link for the directions.

String trellis

Another great trellis that works great, especially for tomatoes is a string trellis. You will have to replace the string yearly, but the t-posts will be there year after year and can easily be moved to another area of the garden for crop rotation.

How to build a pyramid trellis

Set a t-post at each end of the row. Once the plants begin to grow, wind some garden jute back and forth between the plants, making sure to keep it tight. Then go around the t-post and make another pass back in the opposite direction. This holds the tomatoes without binding them so they get damaged.

The other great benefit to the string trellis is that you can keep making them higher as the plants grow bigger. You can go all the way to the top of the t-post if you need to. String trellis is great for more than just tomatoes, you can string any plant up that way.

How to build a pyramid trellis

Using what you already have around the house is the best way to make your trellis. Check out this SUPER cute trellis made from an old screen door!

How to build a pyramid trellis

Wire mesh trellis

Wire mesh is a great material to build a trellis with. Here are some simple instructions to build a wire mesh trellis for your vegetable garden.

Chicken wire trellis

Running chicken wire on a series of posts makes a great trellis for tomatoes or any kind of plant. Check out how to make a chicken wire trellis here.

How to build a pyramid trellis

Pyramid trellis

This a-frame or pyramid trellis is great for growing vines in the garden. Check out how easy it is to make.

How to build a pyramid trellis

Willow trellis

In addition, willow can be used in a variety of ways such as in making this willow cone. You could make a large one and use it as a tomato cage or other type of trellis as well.

How to build a pyramid trellis

Cucumber trellis ideas

My favorite cucumber trellis is the cattle panel one. You could also augment this idea and set your t-posts at an angle then place your cattle panel on top of it. Then you could grow your cucumbers, squash, or melons up the angle. It would work great for peas and pole beans as well.

The string trellis would work for cucumbers also.

I use the 4-foot trellis height for cucumbers and it’s always worked great for me. I let my cucumbers grow up one side and down the other, so I get 8 feet of growing space for them.

Tomato trellis ideas

Tomatoes grow great in the cattle panel trellis cages I have shown above. You can also build them with four sides instead of three. Tomato cages are never big enough or sturdy enough to hold tomatoes in my experience.

I also love the string trellis method for tomatoes. You can build a trellis out of whatever you have around. Look and see what you might have that plants can climb on and build your own unique garden trellis for your garden.

I hope one of these trellis ideas will meet your garden needs and you can find something you have already to make it with. Saving money in the garden is my biggest goal, check out these ideas on how to save even more.

How to build a pyramid trellis


One of the key drivers in the Pyramid 2018 design was the data visualization engine and the flexibility it affords to users in visualizing data for analytics. This required capability needed to not only address the multitude of variations users are looking for in how they ‘draw’ their data, but also allow the application to port common visual elements from one type of visual to the next and to also support the many query styles and ‘shapes’ that a user can create in Pyramid’s Discover tool. The last issue to address related to adding more advanced analytic functionality through the visualization process – so that clever things can be used by non-technical people in an intuitive, point-and-click UI.

Click here to see an example of the many permutations that can be created in Pyramid.

Drop Zones to the Rescue

The solution in Pyramid 2018 was ultimately driven through the drop zone engine which was designed to take the old “columns” and “rows” concept – used over the last 20-25 years in products like Excel, ProClarity and even Pyramid’s own BI Office – to the next level. And although there are similar concepts in other products like Power BI, Spotfire and Tableau, the Pyramid 2018 version is designed to paradoxically both simplify the functionality and extend its sophistication at the same time. Much of this can already be seen in the current Pyramid release; with more of that to come.

Core, Extended and Custom Visualizations

Currently there are 36 core data visuals or charts available in Pyramid (with more on the way). Using the drop zones, these can be extended to well over 150 differentiated visualizations that do not include permutations for formatting or ‘soft’ adjustments in the design of the presentation (soft includes headers, axes, legends etc.). And to further fuel this list, Pyramid will soon be adding a custom visualization API and programming model – based on the D3 JavaScript graphics library – potentially extending the capability to an endless list of visualization options.

Walk-through Example

The following walk through will highlight the drop zone mechanics in Pyramid 2018 and demonstrate the flexibility and power of Pyramid’s data visualization engine. Using a standard column chart setup, we are able to create 12+ extended variations with some basic changes in the drop zone configurations.

Start by opening a new Discover session using the In-memory Sample Demo database provided in the standard Pyramid install.

How to build a pyramid trellis

Add the manufacturer hierarchy to a column chart and then click Sales in measures.

How to build a pyramid trellis

You’ll get the chart shown below – a standard column chart – with manufacturers as the categories in the chart.

How to build a pyramid trellis

Dragging the manufacturer blue chip to the color drop zone, will instead show manufacturers as the series in the chart, each with its own color.

How to build a pyramid trellis

Now drag the Gender hierarchy (column) from the ‘customerPorfile’ dimension (table) to Color. This will provide a dissection of Sales by Manufacturer by Gender.

How to build a pyramid trellis

Moving the Gender blue chip to the Vertical Trellis will create a multi-chart of Manufacturer Sales, broken out by Gender.

How to build a pyramid trellis

Moving it to the horizontal Trellis has a similar effect. Be sure to choose ‘Scale to Fit’ in the component formatting ribbon to see all charts at once.

How to build a pyramid trellis

By adding the Gender hierarchy to Color as well as Trellis, we are able to color each chart series in the multi-chart by the same elements driving the multi-chart.

How to build a pyramid trellis

Let’s Move back to a Vertical Trellis, and add the measure ‘Net Profit’ to The Size Drop Zone. This creates an interesting effect where each bar’s thickness is driven by net profit, while its height (the usual column chart effect) is driven by Sales.

How to build a pyramid trellis

Right click on the Column Chart widget in the toolbox, and choose Stacked Column Charts. And Remove the Gender chip in Vertical Trellis.

How to build a pyramid trellis

This will change the columns into a stacked column chart, with bars broken out by Gender.

How to build a pyramid trellis

Moving ‘the orange ‘Net Profit’ chip to size, will again produce an interesting chart, where the width of each data point in the chart is driven by net Profit and its height is driven by Sales.

How to build a pyramid trellis

Next, remove Gender, and drag Net profit to the color chip.

How to build a pyramid trellis

The columns in the chart now are colored using a simple linear model of values from high to low based on Net Profit figures for each manufacturer (The height is still being driven by Sales).

Next, drag the Net Profit orange chip back on to the Color drop zone header, and then choose the ‘Average’ Sub-drop zone in the fly out.

How to build a pyramid trellis

The columns are now colored using above or below average Net Profit values.

How to build a pyramid trellis

Next, drag net profit to the Values drop zone.

How to build a pyramid trellis

Since there are 2 values, the engine automatically builds a special “Values” orange chip and puts it into Vertical Trellis – to show both measures.

How to build a pyramid trellis
Redrag Net Profit onto the Values drop zone header, and choose Secondary Axis > Spline Chart.

How to build a pyramid trellis

And now you have a Combo chart with both Sales and Net Profit combined.