Tuesday, October 18, 2011

From Paper Dress to Rustic Trellis - Last DIY Project of the Season



All summer I said to myself "I need a trellis for my honeysuckle vine". Other more pressing things that can only be done during the warm season had to have priority. Now that it is too cold to work comfortably outside, I decided to do my trellis in my studio.


Our property is surrounded by old trees that shed their branches on a regular bases. They are usually kept for kindling in a pile at the back of the yard. But this time, some of the them would be used for my trellis.


We also have a nasty vine weed that grows on the chain link fence belonging to the neighboring school. We found out recently that it kills Pine trees and one of our trees has already suffered from it. So Brian pulled out as much as he could. They are good for wreaths though.

I selected my branches and positioned them in a pleasing manner.


So they wouldn't move around, I secured them with some twine at each intersection - this only until they were screwed in place.



I sawed off the ends that were sticking out.

Here is the finished trellis before I added the flower wreaths.


I used the vine weeds to do three flowers of different sizes. I don't think the petals will last, but that's okay.





I secured the flowers on the tips of the branches and Brian secured the trellis to the wall. Here I am placing the vines on it.



The honeysuckle vines will now grow upwards instead of falling into the window well.


Voila, my rustic folksy trellis. Not Victorian at all, but I think it still works because of our country setting.

19 comments:

Ashley said...

That's very cute! I love it.

We have a strip of cedar trees that are taking over everything, and choking out the 5 or so maples we have growing in the same area. We have branches GALORE because I keep cutting the cedars back...

What type of tree do you have that sheds it's branches?

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Ashley,
I'm glad you like it, it was so easy to do. We have, pines maples and cedars as well, a huge black walnut tree, an elm from the schools property overhangs our yard. But In front their is a two hundred year old maple that is the main source of dead branches. We are surrounded by old trees in our neighborhood and when we walk the dogs, we often bring back branches. If you do make a trellis I would like to see it.
Anyes
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Laura said...

OMG Anyes! That is gorgeous! I love it. To me.. it fits in perfectly. I really love those wreaths-what a wonderful idea and the petals just take it over the top for cuteness.

Great job. I never seem to get over how incredibly awesome you are.

((Hugs))
Laura

Richard Cottrell said...

What a great job and a fun project. Also a good way to get rid of sticks that fall in the garden. I like the added floral wreath touches. Thanks for sharing, Richard from my Old Historic House.

The Dusty Victorian said...

Thank you so much Laura, your so sweet. Your awesomeness is in your baking and cooking skills. Notice that I've never done a post on my kitchen or skills related to it. There's a very good reason for that. The best memories I have of my childhood relates to my mom's cooking and baking. My pour daughter will not have these types of memories, unlike your kids.
Anyes
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Hello Richard,
Thank you so much. I'm sure you could make an old stick look elegantly Victorian.
Anyes
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Mark D. Ruffner said...

Your trellis has a great deal of charm and is an image I'll keep in mind when I eventually build a deck onto the back of my house. I hope you post progress reports of the vine and trellis as it all progresses.

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Mark,
I'm very flattered that you would find inspiration from my trellis - thank you. I will certainly show you how my honeysuckle is doing once it blooms next summer.
Anyes
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Kim said...

Hello Anyes,

My friend Laura sent me over here because she thought I would like your blog- and oh my is she right! I love your trellis-it's beautiful! I agree with Laura- the flower wreaths are awesome and soo cute! I also love the Countess' dress and wig soooo much! I am also just swooning over your home. I am so glad my friend sent me over here :)

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello Kim and welcome,
I'm so flattered, thank you so much. Laura is wonderful, and what about those recipes!!! I'm looking forward to catching up on your AMAZING work.
Anyes
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Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Anyes-

Now, that is so clever and cute! I really do think it's something the Victorians would do! They loved making vignettes out of bits of nature. It will be great to see how the honeysuckle has climbed it next year. :-)

-Pam

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hi Pam,
I'm pleased to know that my trellis is more Victorian than I thought. Yes, lets see if my honeysuckle flowers next summer now that it has more of a chance.
Anyes
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Anonymous said...

Oh boy.I'm drooling over those trellises.Very nice.

The Dusty Victorian said...

Thank you so much Scott.
Anyes
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Harry Flashman said...

I love this! Nice work!

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hello M,
Thank you so much. It may not last for many years, it's not cedar, but it's in a sheltered area so it may last longer than expected. Thanks for stopping by.
Anyes
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Samatha@Shadow Stripe Mens Suits said...

I think it’s time for me to pick some branches in the back yard. I am so inspired to create my own trellis now, thanks for giving me the idea on how to come up with a cute trellis!

The Dusty Victorian said...

Hi Samantha,
Welcome to the DV. I'm glad my trellis inspires you to do your own. Thanks for leaving a comment.
Anyes
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One More Time said...

I just love this! so creative! Just found you now a new follower.

Anonymous said...

I am a first time visitor but will become a follower. Lovely blog, lots of inspirational ideas and instructions even I can follow. Lovely pictures too. I will, as they say in the movies, be back.