Once a kindergarten teacher, now your go-to guide for all things DIY. My passion for teaching didn't stop when I left the classroom - I merely switched from ABCs to DIYs. I've learned a lot from transforming my own home from scratch, and now I'm here to pass on that knowledge to you.
I had been dreaming of the day when I could finally create a diamond trellis on an exterior wall of our home. I absolutely adore the look of them and think they add so much character to a home. I finally found the perfect spot and made it part of this bigger project.
Using confederate jasmine, it turned out exactly how I envisioned it. And the best part? After knowing exactly what we needed to do, it was a 30-minute project from start to finish. And let’s not forget, pretty budget-friendly! Let’s dive into how you can create a wire diamond trellis on the exterior of your home. Keep in mind this tutorial is for a stucco home but you’ll get a general idea. Wanting to save this project for later? Make sure to pin it!
Here’s What You’ll Need
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Before we even drilled our first hole in the wall, we sketched out an image of our wall. This helped us figure out exactly where we wanted to place the screws to create the diamonds. Refer to the image below (the white circles) to see where we placed our screws.
There’s a small window we had to work around so this helped tremendously. Using a marker, we marked where we needed to drill a hole for each screw. By using a hammer drill with a drill bit meant for concrete, this made it 10 times easier to drill into the stucco. You want your drill bit slightly smaller than the concrete screw you’ll be using.
Once you have your holes drilled, you’ll screw in the concrete screws. Don’t screw them in all the way. You want them slightly sticking out so you have something to wrap the galvanized wire around. Starting with the bottom left screw, wrap the wire around it several times so that you know it won’t go anywhere. From there, take the wire to the upper concrete screw that’s at a diagonal and wrap the wire around this screw a few times. Refer to the image below to see the order in which I wrapped my wire. Side note: it was two different pieces of wire I used.
Now that the trellis is ready, you’ll plant confederate jasmine in front of each screw at the bottom of the trellis. I didn’t plant one on the far right because of the rain barrel blocking that spot. I found that it’s best to purchase confederate jasmine that’s already on a mini trellis. They’re going to have an abundance of long vines to give you a great start. Once planted, you’ll wrap the vines that can already reach the wires around the wire itself.
That’s it! It’s a very budget-friendly and a quick project that you can do in an afternoon. It’s also so important to continue to maintain this trellis by always checking it for vines that have grown that you can wrap around the wires. You’ll also want to trim the vines once they reach the top and have nowhere else to go. Otherwise, they’ll start to grow on your home and roofline.
UPDATE: This is what our trellis looks like about 2 months later!
If you’re applying this to brick, siding, etc. you’ll want to do a little research since this tutorial is about stucco. But they do make screws for brick and siding. It’s possible but you’ll just want to double-check the screws you’ll use and the rest of this tutorial remains the same. Happy gardening, my friends!
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