Upcycled Garden Tool Fan Trellis

Maximize the vertical space in your garden by building a rustic fan trellis for your plants from upcycled tools.

| Spring 2019


A vegetable garden doesn’t have to be purely functional — it can be beautiful, too! Vertical gardening is all the rage right now, and it’s one of the best ways to add unique character and charm to your vegetable garden.

Upcycled Garden Tool Fan Trellis

A fan trellis is a timeless and classic design that adds form and function to the garden. You can use a wide variety of materials to build a fan trellis, but why not choose gardening tools? This upcycled garden tool trellis puts a fun spin on the classic fan trellis design. Not only is it an adorable addition to any garden, but it’s a great conversation starter, as well.

This project gives rusty or broken gardening tools new life. You can use any type of long-handled garden tools you want. Use old hoes, rakes, shovels — whatever you have available. Inexpensive garden tools are easy to find at yard sales, antique markets, and local thrift stores.

As the crossbars of this project, I like the look of round wooden extension poles because they mimic the shape of the handles on the garden tools, and they can be found at any home improvement store. It won’t take long for the wood to age and blend right in with the aged look of the garden tool handles. Alternatively, you could use broken handles from other old garden tools as the crossbars.

Tools & Materials:

  • Long, wooden-handled garden tools of your choice (3)
  • 1/4-by-3 inch machine screws with nuts (9)
  • 60-inch wooden extension poles or upcycled garden tool handles (2)
  • Tape measure
  • Drill
  • 1/4-inch drill bit
  • Circular saw or handsaw
  • Pliers
  • Pencil
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Work gloves

Cut List:

  • Top crossbar: One wooden extension pole cut to 34 inches
  • Center crossbar: One wooden extension pole cut to 28-1/2 inches
  • Bottom crossbar: One wooden extension pole cut to 23 inches

Note: Depending on the types of gardening tools you use, you may need to make your crossbars longer or shorter. I cut mine to allow a 3 inch extension on both sides of the trellis.



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