D.I.Y. or DIE: Spider Web Plant Supports
It’s the beginning of February, and this 7B weather is absolutely insane. One minute it’s a 40° day, and two days afterward it’s a glorious 71°.
Climate change is definitely showing its colours this winter, but I’ll be damned if I don’t take advantage of these really sunny days to get some much-needed gardening work done.
So naturally, with such a beautiful day, I wanted to work on an equally beautiful, yet functional garden addition that would serve an actual purpose.
And check it out! This is the cutest little trellis, and it literally took less than 30 minutes to create. Oh, and it barely cost me a thing to make. Check out these Spider Web Plant Supports!
Charlotte would be proud.
So there really isn’t much to making these super-simple trellises. They’ll work best in a raised bed, or a couple of plant containers propped right next to one another.
Use them to grow runner beans, climbing flowers like morning glories, medium cucumber varieties, or other vertical plants that don’t bear fruit that’s too heavy.
Here’s a list of everything you need, an approximation of the cost, and some extra information about the items:
- Pruned Tree Wood – Cost: Free! – Drive around your neighborhood (or someone else’s if need be) and pick up wood alongside homes that have been left on the curb for disposal. I have a little compact car, so I had to take a few trips to gather the wood, but it was well worth it.
- Jute Twine – Cost: ~$2 – I went ahead and purchased a three-pack of jute twine from Dollar Tree for a dollar a pack. I will say it’s not the strongest twine, so if you want something more sturdy, get some from your local hardware store’s garden aisle. If all else fails, grab some online.
- Loop Stakes – Cost: ~$4 – These stakes are actually optional, but they’re what I used. You get 100 of them, and they’re really helpful in the garden even beyond this project. Plus, they can be re-used, granted you treat them with care.
Creating the Spider Web Trellis
As I’ve iterated, it’s a fairly simple process.
Start by taking two equally long branches that are thick enough to not snap when pressured to break in half. Grab another branch that’s a little longer, and lay it flat against your initial two branches, placing them so they form a high “H”shape. Visualizing it before hand makes the process that much easier.
Take your jute string and begin wrapping two branches together like so:
The best way is to criss-cross over and under the branches, doing a few repetitions one way and then wrapping it the perpendicular position, and then finally wrapping around each individual branch. Tie a secure knot, and flick the combined branches around a bit to make sure they are tight. Do the same with the third branch on the opposite side of your horizontal branch.
After you’ve knotted them together to make your high “H”, place it in your raised bed or into the earth where you want the trellis to be. You can finish this without placing the stakes, but it will make it a lot harder to get your strings taut enough to finish the web properly.
Grab your hooks (or, alternatively a few pieces of wood that will be used as stakes.) You’ll first need to build the web frame so to speak, which is basically a big ol’ twine star.
Grab some jute and tie some from the top corner of your structure to its polar side. Start with tying some string and the top right, and bring that string to the bottom left and tie it there. The line must be taut, so take care to make sure it’s as tight as it can be.
The line must be taut, so take care to make sure it’s as tight as it can be.
After you have the initial string placed, all subsequent lines of jute should be twisted around the center of the string in the middle before reaching their final destination.
If done properly, a center connecting point will be present like this one:
When connecting from the top to the bottom, you’ll be using your hooks or your handmade wood stakes to secure the tightened string.
After the star is completed, it’s time to weave the web.
Tie a knot at the center of the web and make your way in a circle around the existing strings, wrapping around the spot at least once before moving to the next string. Try to keep it as equal as possible as you spiral around, as it’ll make it look cleaner and more realistic.
Try to keep it as equal as possible as you spiral around, as it’ll make it look cleaner and more realistic.
It won’t take too long to reach the end, and once you do, just cut the string off your jute roll and knot tightly.
And that’s literally it! Rinse and repeat to make as many as you want! They look absolutely stunning from both afar and up close, and it’ll give your garden that extra eerie touch you didn’t realize you had.
Pretty sure this is biomimicry in action! These spider web plant supports will serve as a functional aesthetic addition to your garden. Cheers!