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!
Fabulous DIY Wooden Arbor for the Garden Patio
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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)
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.
He used his chain saw to cut the wood to the size he needed it to be.
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 arbor that had been here.
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 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.
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.
We added some L shaped brackets to the boards to attach them to the top of the arbor.
Jason added 2 more 4 foot posts to either side of the arbor along with 2 finials left over from the previous arbor.
What to Grow on a Wooden Garden Arbor
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!
Two years later & our sweet autumn clematis has started to grow & is GORGEOUS!!!
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 (HERE)
We couldn’t be happier with how our new arbor turned out!
by Tara Lehman
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