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Two years ago my sister asked me to build her a garden arbor for her wedding reception. I recently realized that we have not blogged about it yet and this was the perfect week to talk about it.
When she asked me I thought that it would be a good challenge and a great gift for me to give to her for her wedding. I asked her what she wanted in an arbor design and she only had one small image that she liked. Here is the image that she gave me.
She trusted me and knew that I would be able to come up with something great. So I started to look at the current design to see how I could build it.
I started sketching my version and this is what I came up with. (We also built a similar style garden arbor and trellis here.)
As soon as I had a good idea of the design, I built a model in 3d to figure out how I was going to build it. One thing that I had to consider was building it in sections so I could transport it easily and rebuild it on site. It also had to be tall enough for them to stand under during the reception for greeting guests and for a good photo backdrop. I found that having a top and two side sections was to best option and corbels would end up holding it all together.
How to Build a Garden Arbor for a Wedding
Plans with dimensions:
All pieces were made of redwood lumber purchased at our local hardware store.
- (3) 2x4x8 – Redwood (ripped down for the trellis pieces)
- (4) 4x4x8 – Redwood Posts
- (2) 2x8x8 – Redwood (for the corbels)
- (2) 2x6x10 – Redwood (beams)
- (4) Post Brackets (This is what we used to attach to deck. You will have to find out what would work best for your situation.)
- (50+) 2 1/2″ – Deck Screws
- (20+) 1 1/4″ – Deck Screws
- (1) Gal. – Stain ( I stained the pieces first then assembled it. Pick the color that works best for you.)
- Wood Glue (I used wood glue to hold the side trellis pieces together.
- (4) 96″x 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ – Posts
- (2) 60″ x 1 1/2″ x 1″ – Long Middle Trellis
- (4) 48″ x 1 1/2″ x 1″ – Short Side Trellis
- (4) 16″ x 1 1/2″ x 1″ – Trellis Brackets
- (2) 36″ x 5 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ – Top Side Bracket
Top Trellis and Corbels
- (2) 120″ x 5 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ – Beams
- (11) 24″ x 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ – Top Trellis
- (4) 32″ x 7 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ – Corbels
- Circular saw
- Table saw (for ripping 2×4 trellis pieces to width)
- Orbital sander
- Drill bits
- Tape Measure
- Saw horses
Cut Out All The Pieces
Start by cutting out all the pieces and shaping any ends. I started with the top trellis ends first. I sketched out the pattern on some card stock, cut out the pattern and transferred it on the ends of the 2×6 redwood. Once it was drawn on, I cut out the shape with a jigsaw.
Assemble the Side Sections
Assemble the Top Trellis Section
Assemble the Garden Arbor
Check out all of the other 2×4 and More Challenge posts here:
15 minute coffee table | The Ugly Duckling House
tiered corner plant stand | Charleston Crafted
single-board rolling bar cart | Woodshop Diaries
outdoor bench w/rope detail | At Charlotte’s House
wall planter and herb garden | Making Joy and Pretty Things
upholstered x-base bench | Frazzled Joy
jumbo tic tac toe | Ginger Snap Crafts
porch bench | Everyday Party Magazine
console table | Hertoolbelt
farmhouse patio table | North Country Nest
easy flower planters | Our House Now a Home
treadmill incline | Practical and Pretty
patio side table | Small Home Soul