When we decided to create our sunken brick patio (HERE) one thing that I really wanted to add was a wooden arbor entry from the garden.
Our wooden arbor does a wonderful job of making this outdoor space feel more like an outdoor room. Plus it looks beautiful with our clematis vine trailing on it!
This simple wooden arbor only took a few hours to make & was FREE to make because we used scrap wood from the deck that we took down (HERE) & wood left over from creating our wood retaining wall (HERE).
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Fabulous DIY Wooden Arbor for the Garden Patio
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Supplies Needed for a DIY Wooden Arbor for the Garden
(our arbor is secured to previous posts cemented into the ground as well as our wood retaining wall)
- (2) 6 by 6 pressure treated posts – cut 8ft long for the tall vertical posts
- (1) 6 by 6 pressure treated post cut 68″ long for the horizontal post
- (2) 6 by 6 pressure treated post cut 48″ long for the short vertical posts
- A few 2 by 6 boards zipped down to create the arbor
- 3″ exterior screws
- 2 lag bolts to connect the arbor to a previously cemented post & hammer
- L shaped brackets
- 2 wood finials
- Scrap pressure treated wood for angled wood at the top of the tall posts
- a flowering vine to cover the arbor (we chose a sweet autumn clematis)
Tools Needed for a How to Build a DIY Wooden Arbor for the Garden
- chain saw or miter saw to cut the boards
- table saw to cut the wood for the arbor
- cordless screwdriver
Instructions for How to Make a DIY Wooden Arbor Step by Step
From the giant wood pile at the back of our yard, Jason was able to find the right amount of wood to make our wooden arbor with.
Cutting the Pressure Treated Posts to Size
He used his chain saw to cut the pressure treated wood to the size we wanted it to be.
Attaching the DIY Wooden Arbor to our Backyard Patio
The two 6 by 6 pressure treated posts are 8 feet tall & approximately 44″ apart.
We leveled the rocks under them and Jason secured them using outdoor screws to 2 posts that had been cemented to the ground from a previous wooden arbor that had been here.
Securing our DIY Wooden Arbor Posts
Jason also secured these posts with 2 lag bolts into our retaining wall (HERE).
We added another 6 by 6 post to the top of the posts leaving them a little room for the vine to hang over and secured the horizontal post to the vertical post using 3 inch exterior screws.
Jason always drills a small pilot hole before adding any screws so as not to splinter the wood.
Creating & Attaching Lattice for the Top of the Wooden Arbor
He then cut down 2 pressure treated 2 by 6’s from our previous deck with his table saw to create the cross boards at the top of the wooden arbor for the vine to climb & grow between each of the lattice boards.
We added some L shaped brackets to the boards to attach them to the top of the wooden arbor entry from our garden.
Attaching Finials to Finish off our Wooden Arbor
Jason added 2 more 4 foot posts to either side of the wooden arbor along with 2 finials left over from the previous garden arbor.
The finials really add character & give our wooden arbor a more finished & refined look.
Our DIY Wooden Arbor looks beautiful as the entry from our backyard patio & garden.
Our DIY wooden arbor really makes this space feel more & more like an outdoor room. We love spending time on our backyard patio.
What to Grow on a Wooden Garden Arbor
Since completing the DIY wooden arbor, I planted a sweet autumn clematis to climb & grow on our arbor.
It is a beautiful backdrop to grow on our wooden arbor.Hirt’s Gardens Sweet Autumn Clematis Vine – Clematis paniculata – Fragrant – 2.5″ Pot
We had this vine at our previous house and it had beautiful white flowers and pretty fall red color of the leaves.
We love how this beautiful blooming vine looks on our wooden arbor as the entrance from our garden & backyard patio.
The flowers smell delicious too!
Two years later & our sweet autumn clematis has started to grow & is GORGEOUS!!!
You can see how the wood on our DIY wooden arbor has started to weather, turn grey & look more beautiful over time.
I love the contrast & texture of the grey wood against the green of our live clematis vine on our DIY wooden arbor.
If you have been following along you know that our new wooden arbor is one of the final steps of our backyard patio makeover.
To start at the beginning of this makeover when it looked like this….click here.
Our Back Patio is DONE! I still can’t Believe ALL we did
(see how we demoed our deck HERE) Deck Demo Save Brick from Previous Patio Dig an 8 foot by 8 foot space for our Hot Tub Build a retaining wall around the sunken patio(see how we created our retaining wall HERE) Move the Hot Tub(see how we moved our hot tub with just 2 people HERE) Level the Ground inside the Patio Use Reclaimed Brick and Create a Brick Patio(see how we created our brick patio HERE) Use Reclaimed Flagstone/ Bluestone for walkway in front of Sliding Doors(see how we created a flagstone patio HERE) Landscape around Sunken Patio(see what we planted around our patio HERE) Build an Arbor for the Entrance to the Patio Bring the Outdoor Furniture Back
Check out the FULL Reveal of our Backyard Patio (HERE)
We couldn’t be happier with how our new wooden arbor turned out!
If you are thinking about adding a DIY Wooden Arbor to your garden I hope you will give it a try!
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Gorgeous. I love all the detail.
Thank you so much for your sweet comments about my wooden arbor Marty!
Oh my gosh! I just love it! You did such an amazing job! Simply stunning!
Thank you so much Carolann! We couldn’t be happier with how our wooden arbor turned out!
This is my first time on your blog and I love it. This is a gorgeous addition to your yard. Followed on Facebook, and Pinning.
That is incredibly sweet! Thank you so much Leanna!