Fabulous DIY Wooden Arbor for the Garden Patio

When we decided to create our sunken brick patio one thing that I really wanted to add was a wooden arbor entrance from the garden.  Our wooden arbor does a wonderful job of making this outdoor space feel more like an outdoor room.   This wooden arbor was fairly simple to make and we made it using scrap wood from the deck that we took down and wood left over from creating our wood retaining wall.

When we decided to create our sunken brick patio (HERE) one thing that I really wanted to add was a wooden arbor entrance 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 and was FREE because we used scrap wood from the deck that we took down (HERE) and wood left over from creating our wood retaining wall (HERE).

Fabulous DIY Wooden Arbor for the Garden Patio

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When we decided to create our sunken brick patio one thing that I really wanted to add was a wooden arbor entrance from the garden.  Our wooden arbor does a wonderful job of making this outdoor space feel more like an outdoor room.   This wooden arbor was fairly simple to make and we made it using scrap wood from the deck that we took down and wood left over from creating our wood retaining wall. #arbor #gardenarbor #diy #outdoordiy #backyardideas https://lehmanlane.net

Supplies Needed for a DIY Wooden Arbor

(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
  • chain saw or miter saw to cut the boards
  • table saw to cut the wood for the arbor
  • 3″ exterior screws & screwdriver
  • 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)
When we decided to create our sunken brick patio one thing that I really wanted to add was a wooden arbor entrance from the garden.  Our wooden arbor does a wonderful job of making this outdoor space feel more like an outdoor room.   This wooden arbor was fairly simple to make and we made it using scrap wood from the deck that we took down and wood left over from creating our wood retaining wall.

Instructions for how to Make a DIY Wooden Arbor

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.

DIY Wooden Arbr - wood pile

He used his chain saw to cut the wood to the size he needed it to be.

DIY Wooden Arbor - sawing the wood

The two 6 by 6 pressure treated posts are 8 feet tall & approximately 44″ apart.

DIY Wooden Arbor - pressure treated posts

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 arbor that had been here.

DIY Wooden Arbor - screwing in the posts

Jason also secured these posts with 2 lag bolts into our retaining wall (HERE).

DIY Wooden Arbor - lag bolt

We added another 6 by 6 post to the top of the posts leaving them a little room for it 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.

DIY 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 arbor for the vine to grow between.

DIY Wooden Arbor - L bracket
DIY Wooden Arbor - lattice

We added some L shaped brackets to the boards to attach them to the top of the arbor.

DIY Wooden Arbor - finial

Jason added 2 more 4 foot posts to either side of the arbor along with 2 finials left over from the previous arbor.

DIY Wooden Arbor - finial
When we decided to create our sunken brick patio one thing that I really wanted to add was a wooden arbor entrance from the garden.  Our wooden arbor does a wonderful job of making this outdoor space feel more like an outdoor room.   This wooden arbor was fairly simple to make and we made it using scrap wood from the deck that we took down and wood left over from creating our wood retaining wall.
When we decided to create our sunken brick patio one thing that I really wanted to add was a wooden arbor entrance from the garden.  Our wooden arbor does a wonderful job of making this outdoor space feel more like an outdoor room.   This wooden arbor was fairly simple to make and we made it using scrap wood from the deck that we took down and wood left over from creating our wood retaining wall.
When we decided to create our sunken brick patio one thing that I really wanted to add was a wooden arbor entrance from the garden.  Our wooden arbor does a wonderful job of making this outdoor space feel more like an outdoor room.   This wooden arbor was fairly simple to make and we made it using scrap wood from the deck that we took down and wood left over from creating our wood retaining wall. #arbor http://lehmanlane.net

What to Grow on a Wooden Garden Arbor

When we decided to create our sunken brick patio one thing that I really wanted to add was a wooden arbor entrance from the garden.  Our wooden arbor does a wonderful job of making this outdoor space feel more like an outdoor room.   This wooden arbor was fairly simple to make and we made it using scrap wood from the deck that we took down and wood left over from creating our wood retaining wall. #arbor #gardenarbor #diy http://lehmanlane.net
Sweet Autumn Clematis

Since completing the DIY wooden arbor I planted a sweet autumn clematis like this one,

Hirt’s Gardens Sweet Autumn Clematis Vine – Clematis paniculata – Fragrant – 2.5″ Pot

to grow around the arbor.  We had this vine at our previous house and it had beautiful white flowers and pretty fall red color of the leaves.

It smells delicious too!

When we decided to create our sunken brick patio one thing that I really wanted to add was a wooden arbor entrance from the garden.  Our wooden arbor does a wonderful job of making this outdoor space feel more like an outdoor room.   This wooden arbor was fairly simple to make and we made it using scrap wood from the deck that we took down and wood left over from creating our wood retaining wall. #arbor #gardenarbor #diy #backyardideas https://lehmanlane.net

Two years later & our sweet autumn clematis has started to grow & is GORGEOUS!!!

When we decided to create our sunken brick patio one thing that I really wanted to add was a wooden arbor entrance from the garden.  Our wooden arbor does a wonderful job of making this outdoor space feel more like an outdoor room.   This wooden arbor was fairly simple to make and we made it using scrap wood from the deck that we took down and wood left over from creating our wood retaining wall. #arbor #gardenarbor #diy http://lehmanlane.net
Sweet Autumn Clematis

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

Back Patio - the plan and deck demo - deck gone

Our Back Patio is DONE! I still can’t Believe ALL we did

  • Deck Demo (see how we demoed our deck HERE)
  • 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 (HERE)

We transformed the backyard of our farmhouse by taking down a deck and creating a sunken brick and flagstone patio. Back Patio Makeover - Final Reveal / sunken patio / brick patio/ farmhouse backyard / patio makeover/ diy http://lehmanlane.net

We couldn’t be happier with how our new arbor turned out!

by Tara Lehman

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We loved our Wooden Arbor so much we added another one to our Raised Garden Beds!

DIY Arbor for Raised Garden Beds

We added a DIY Arbor & wire fencing to our raised garden beds. This DIY arbor was simple to build & brings a lot of character to our raised garden beds while the fencing helps keeps our chickens away from eating all the strawberries...And this project cost us less than $20 to build! #diyarbor #arbor #raisedgardenbeds #potagergarden https://lehmanlane.net

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