Thursday, June 27, 2013

Making it work

What do you do when you are in desperate need of a trellis, and have a GIANT paper bag of rusted canning rings and some zip ties?
What to do?
 You make a trellis. While this was my test section, you can see that it isn't all the same. I later corrected it, but I wanted to see if the idea would work in the first place.
Trial and error
How did I make it, well the white section is the rails of a shelving unit that was in the garage when we moved in. However, after over 6 years, we have never found brackets that fit it. It was time they were put to a better use.
I connected the rings with 4 zip ties. One to the ring on the top, one to ring on the bottom and one on either side (to either rings or through the holes in the rail sections. About this time, you start to wonder if this is going to work. But it does, it took me a couple of days with 10 minutes at a time intervals to accomplish this part.
I then snipped the ends off the zip ties. This makes for a much cleaner look and allows it to sit flater when laying on the back.
Clip it off
After doing this a million or so times, I had this.
For a cleaner look
Then I spray painted the entire thing with black rustoleum. This took at least 3 coats. Honestly, I would probably not spray paint the thing again since it was a pain and we ended up with quite a bit of overspray. In fact, it was all over the grass and the tree behind it. If I were to do this again, I would probably take a brush and a can of paint to it.
Painting is messy
As you can see here, it turned out quite nice. I do not plan on using it to support food since my concern is that the chemicals can could leach into the dirt. However, it will be perfect for holding up the morning glory. Now to wait for the morning glory to grow up it and see if it works as well as I think it should
Finished product


  1. Genius ... and stylish too!

    1. Thank you, I was just using what I have. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. WOW! This looks great!! There's a new Link-up Party going on this weekend over at One Sharendipity Place and we'd love to have you join in! Here's the Link!


    All of us at The T2Women

    1. Thanks for the invite. I am all linked up.