Building a Window Frame Trellis

In just one afternoon, turn an old window or door frame into a rustic trellis for vines.
Introduction
Window frame trellis with blue morning glory vine
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Morning glories quickly filled this
trellis made from a cast-off
window frame.

Forget curtains and sheers. Dress up an old window frame with draperies made of annual vines. This window frame salutes the day with sun-worshiping morning glories. Cardinal climber, cup-and-saucer vine, thunbergia, and hyacinth vine provide similar eye-catching results.

This vintage window frame, salvaged from a church, provides height and substantive architectural trims for this one-of-a-kind trellis. You could also use a door frame or start from scratch by building a custom frame using new trim and molding. Attach your frame to an existing fence or to wooden posts using drywall screws.

See below for a materials list and step-by-step instructions.

Tools and Materials List
Thunbergia alata
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Thunbergia is another
quick-growing annual vine.

  • old window or door frame
  • hammer
  • nails
  • 1x2s (optional)
  • power drill/driver
  • wooden fence posts
  • tape measure
  • marker
  • 3-inch drywall screws
  • screw eyes
  • 20-gauge galvanized wire
  • wire cutters
  • seeds for climbing annuals

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