Crib To Garden Trellis–Before/After DIY Tutorial


Over the weekend we put together a simple but pretty garden trellis that went up on the side of the house.  Our trellis started from very humble beginnings–my hubby was out for a walk, and there was a pretty baby crib just sitting out on the sidewalk in pieces with a “free” sign on it.  It was an older one, made from wood, and had pretty spindles.  He knew I’d like it, and so he brought it home.  (I am usually very happy when he does things like that, and this was no exception!)



On the side of our house is a rather narrow pathway that leads from the kitchen to the back yard.  The hydrangea had grown a great deal over the summer, and so this is what the path looked like:



Crazy, I know.  And it hangs down into the pathway even more when it’s weighted down with rain.  There wasn’t much room to get by, and something needed to be done.  I decided to use one of the crib walls for a trellis, and it was a super simple garden project.  Here is what the crib wall looked like before:



Aren’t those spindles pretty?  I primed and painted it, and here is what it looked like after:



Because this needed to go up on the wall of the house, there had to be some spacers behind the trellis, so that it actually was held a little bit away from the wall, so we cut four pieces from a scrap of 2 by 4, and painted them turquoise as well.



We drilled pilot holes in the crib wall and spacers so that it would be easy to install the screws in the wall of the house.  The screws we used were galvanized, so that with all the rain we get they would not rust and make a mess of the paint on the house wall.   Remember that the screws have to be long enough to go through the crib wall, the spacer and have some left over to firmly attach to the house wall.  Ours were approximately 2 1/2 inches long.  Here’s what it looked like when it was all put together and ready to be mounted:



In order to seal the hole where the screw went into the house siding, we used a dab of clear Lexel, which is a sealer.  It is advertised on the packaging as an alternative to silicone, and is supposed to be superior to silicone in adhesion, elasticity and paintability.


With a ladder in position, it just took a couple of minutes with the screw gun to attach the trellis to the wall of the house.



I now have a very sturdy and attractive trellis that I used to tie up my gigantic hydrangea.



Now the path is actually clear and easy to navigate.



And I still have three more pieces of crib walls to play with!  I don’t have the slightest idea what I will do with them yet, but I will come up with something.



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About AthenaMG

Athena McElrath is a Master Gardener with a love for gardening, decorating and cooking inexpensively. She enjoys working out in her urban garden in Southwest Washington State, watching the hummingbirds and other birds and insects, eating the wonderful vegetables, fruits and herbs that she produces from her garden, and just having a great time hanging out under the pergola with her family and friends (that is, whenever it stops raining long enough).
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16 Responses to Crib To Garden Trellis–Before/After DIY Tutorial

  1. Thistle says:

    What a great idea! I need to make one of these! I love the beautiful bright blue color! Thanks so much for inspiring me today!

    Have an awesome day rock star!


  2. I have an old crib and so far I’ve used the spring as a memo board and one railing to display my girls ribbons. I’ve been thinking of using the other railing as a trellis – love your fun color and the spacers!

  3. Athena,

    I Love your new trellis. Love the color…so vibrant. Never too many trellises.

    My latest project was to make use of a bunch of wine bottles that we have accumulated to maordersorder for one of the beds I want to renovate. Looks great, but I ran out of bottles.

    Yael from Home Garden Diggers

    Yael from Home Garden Diggers.

  4. What a very smart idea! I love the great blue color too! I actually have a crib down in the basement…. what a fun use! Thanks for bringing your great idea to TUTORIAL TIPS AND TIDBITS!

  5. Mel says:

    That’s a great idea, I’m thinking it would be great for my climbing veggies. Thanks for sharing, would never have thought of it.

  6. Honey says:

    Thank you for sharing your terrific recycle project at Potpourri Friday!

  7. Hi there! No new garden projects here, but I love what you came up with! Very cute and a creative way to repurpose something! Those are some giant hydrangeas! Wow!

  8. Suzy says:

    Hi! Just stopping by from 2805 to see your creative trellis project. A wonderful way to re-purpose the crib siding and it looks fab painted blue! Your garden is beautiful. I hope you will take a moment to come by and say hello. My garden consist of orchids on my kitchen window sill.

  9. Hey girl, thanks for stopping by my blog. I loved your suggestions for my sloping yard. I am so empressed with your knowledge and garden results! Can’t wait to read your blog from top to bottom.

  10. Kathy says:

    What a beautiful idea for a trellis, Athena! Love the color – I might have to look at cribs as I shop thrift stores! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  11. What a beautiful idea for a trellis, love the color, and love the fact that this is a great way to up-cycle! Your garden is lovely, and love how the hydrangea are hanging over! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!