Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Painted Trellis DIY

Ok, I know there are plenty of fancy pre-made trellises out there, but there just weren’t any that I liked for the price I wanted to pay. I needed something VERY long and made from good quality wood (so it lasts longer than one summer). I wasn’t willing to spend a ton of money and that’s why we made our own! It takes just a little bit of time, but it’s worth it. I’m loving how this garden piece turned out and I can’t wait to start growing out plants on it. Want to make one for your home? You can follow my directions below. Just adjust the dimensions to fit the size you need.


- 3 six foot long by two inch wide cedar

- 3 six feet by one inch wide cedar pieces

- 6 three feet by one inch wide cedar pieces

- 6 four feet by one inch wide cedar pieces

- a box of wood nails

- 2 cans of white primer spray paint

- 2 cans of white outdoor spray paint

- optional: 1 can of colorful spray paint

- hammer


- Let’s build this trellis! If needed, cut your wood to the sizes you need. We purchased all of our pieces at the sizes we needed. The sizes will be completely up to you. We have a couple of raspberry plants we are using this trellis for, so we needed it to be a little bit larger than normal. It’s 6.5 feet wide. If you don’t need something that crazy wide, just skip the 3rd six foot long by two inch wide cedar piece, or make your horizontal pieces shorter (our horizontal pieces we’re 4 feet long).

- Let’s prep the main frame for the trellis:

  • Above you’ll see the frame outlined in 3 different colors.
  • Evenly space the 3 six foot long by one inch wide pieces (green) horizontally on the ground (ours are spaced 12 inches).
  • Place the 3 six foot long by two inch wide cedar pieces (pink) vertically on TOP of the horizontal green pieces. They should be spaced just under three feet from the center piece (or the spacing and sizing can change based on how wide you’d like your trellis). Use your wood nails to attach the pink pieces to the green pieces.
  • Evenly space the three feet long by one inch wide pieces (yellow) vertically over the green pieces. Use your wood nails to attach the yellow pieces to the green pieces.
- Now that your frame is built, it’s time to get fancy. We placed the the 6 four feet long by one inch wide pieces (pink) horizontally over the frame. You can get creative here. We chose to evenly space them in the main section of the frame, with a little bit of the piece hanging over the frame age. It’s all up to how you’d like your trellis to look! Use your wood nails to attach the horizontal pink pieces to the frame.
- When your frame is built, spray your white primer paint over the front and back of the trellis. Let dry completely.
- Optional: You may have noticed, in the top photo, that I have 2 horizontal blue pieces of wood. If you’d like to do this, follow this step. Use your colorful spray paint to color 2 of the middle horizontal pieces. Let those dry completely. Use some painters tape to cover the sprayed blue pieces.
- Let’s paint this thing! Use your white spray paint to cover the front and back of the trellis. Let dry completely and remove the painters tape.
- You’re ready to use the trellis! Trim the bottom leg height to your desired height, and place wherever you need some plant support.


Happy gardening!

- Chelsey, The Paper Mama

Chelsey Andrews

DIY-ify: Raised garden bed for the kids

Is gardening an important part of you? Would you like your family to be more involved? Well, why not start them out early? My daughter is 2 and a half now, and we’ve started getting her into gardening (well, when she wants to). She’s still a little too young to understand that you can’t pull all the tiny seed sprouts out of the dirt, so we decided to make a space that’s all her own. Guess what? She loves it. Yes, she’s still a 2-year-old and can only stand to be outside gardening for an hour at a time, but, she really enjoys it. Each morning we wander outside to water and say hello to our plants. She tells people about her strawberries and beans and talks about watering them and being gentle with the leaves. It’s been amazing.

Being inspired by these beautiful raised beds, I’d love to share with you how we created a garden space for our kid.


- Rot-resistant wood (cedar or redwood): We made a small box out of cedar (finished box dimensions: 2 feet x 18 inches). For this you need 4 pieces of 2 foot x 6 inch + 4 pieces of 18 inch x 6 inch wooden planks. We double stacked 6 inch pieces of wood, to create a 1 foot high box.

- 4 corner brackets (see photo below)

- 16 – 24 exterior wood screws (depends on the corner bracket you find)

- Boiled linseed oil (optional: found at local home store)

- Gloves and an old rag

- Shovel or wooden stakes and a hammer (optional: depending on your garden)

- Electric screwdriver

- Level (to make it straight)


1. Position two 2 foot x 6 inch planks together to create a 12 inch wide piece (see photo below). Screw in the corner bracket. Repeat this will all the remaining pieces of wood, until you create a rectangle.

2. Now, time to apply some boiled linseed oil. It’s not really necessary, but I’ve read it can extend the life of your garden box. Using an old rag and wearing gloves, rub a layer of oil all over the wood in the box. Let it dry overnight. Side note: linseed oil can be flammable. Please read directions carefully.

3. It’s time to install your box! The spot we chose was on a little hill, so we had to dig a small hole to level it out, which helped make the box sturdier. If you don’t plan on digging a hole to install, I suggest hammering some wooden stakes next to the box to make it stronger.

4. Add some gardening soil to the inside of your box.

5. Start planting! We let our daughter help us with the soil and the planting, and she had a ton of fun. We chose plants that would be easy for a 2-year-old to understand. Strawberries are red: time to pick and eat. Pole beans: fun to watch grow up the stake.

We let her do pretty much anything in her own garden box. Teaching her to be gentle, and to keep it watered. I know this will be a great learning experience for her (and me).

Chelsey, The Paper Mama