Making arbors from repurposed doors and more!
Garden arches are a classic addition to any garden and can divide a space, create an ‘entrance or gate’ or just be a focal point. These gardeners have taken the typical garden arch a few steps further by using recycled or re-purposed materials. It’s true Flea Market Gardening style! Here are arbor projects from doors, twig, windows and wire.
Jean Sammons’ Door Arbor
Jean Sammons first made this arch from two old doors and some 2×6’s and posted it on our Facebook page. She planted pink roses and white cleome and hydrangea next to it and created a bit of ‘Jeanne-ius’ in her garden,…a real focal point!
She got the idea, she says, ” from a Country Sampler (May 2006) article about a guy who built one for entrance to herb garden…we changed it a bit…he used 2×4’s for rafters…and different pane window openings.”
“And here’s the beautiful Mandevilla bushy plant up close…I am in awe that it grew for me here in Iowa! I baby it and give it water every day, as I was told.”
Jeanne used exterior paint and there is no glass in the windows she says, “Yes, I’m sure nature will take it’s toll eventually…just the other day I noticed that part of one door has started to come apart …so will need some TLC.”
Cheryl York’s Arbor
Cheryl York found several doors awhile ago and decided to begin her own door arbor project. She says, “I can’t wait to see them finished..here is a picture of them so far.”
More door arbors for the garden:
Door arbor How To
Sue Gerdes also made a door arbor and shows the steps below.
I painted it yellow and white and then dry brushes some burnt umber color onto it.
It went to my daughter’s home… This is the sign she put on her new arbor….
Deb Brazuk says, “My neighbor was giving away 2 old doors. So with a little recycled lumber from my daughter’s deck, I have a new place to sit and enjoy my garden. I’ll have to do something to protect the wood but I haven’t decided what yet.”
How to make a Twig garden Arbor
Sue Gerdes also made a fabulous arbor from twigs and branches. She tells us, “We have tree shelter belts nearby so hubby chain sawed the branches the size I needed.
I made pilot holes with a drill bit so the wood wouldn’t crack, then inserted long screws, (hardest part is finding straight branches) and buried it into the ground about a foot…I replace this every 6 years or when it needs it. Never throw the old one away I put them in the back yard after cutting off the rotten wood that was in the ground. They make small arbors for my birdhouses. This is my “before” picture of the morning glories. They need to be cleaned up before the reseed themselves and before Fall/Winter.
Jeanne’s Wire Arbor from wire fence
Jeanne Sammons made a simple and sturdy garden arbor from a humble hog panel. Hog panels are 16 feet long by 34 inches high wire fence panels. They’re around $15-$25 each at farm suppl and hardware stores.
Jeanne says, “This is the ‘before’ picture of the ‘hog panel’ arbor shaped by my husband and me a year or so ago… One hog panel, 4 short steel fence posts and three bittersweet plants, male and female…it’s going strong now three years later”
“These old panels have been lying around for years now here…so my husband used some for my compost gate…and I saw this idea somewhere and we went with it…steel fence posts for grounding it. They hold in ‘hogs’ when pens are built, so they are really strong. This is only one hog panel, bent and anchored down with steel fence posts. We had to do a lot of bending, shoving and I stood in the middle of it flat on the ground for a bit while he pushed and shoved!” Jeanne laughs.
I planted it with bittersweet…so I call it my ‘Bittersweet Arbor’ now …the picture on the right was just taken in Nov. 2011. So if you need a sturdy arbor, watch for these at sales or even new ones dollar-wise are not real expensive! I harvested my first bittersweet in November! American bittersweet, Celastrus scandens, is planted for its clusters of colorful fruit in the fall.
“For 2 yrs. it’s been overflowing the panel with foliage! “Success!” Jeanne says, “the vine has finally taken off! I am so happy! This picture shows the vines on it close-up.”
Tawra’s Garden Arbor from Windows
She says, “I have two things that I just love! Picket fences and old windows. Ever since we were married almost 16 years ago, I have wanted a cute little house with a white picket fence. I know it sounds corny but gardening is my passion! I especially love cottage gardens so the fence was always a dream of mine.
I also LOVE old windows. When my brother remodeled his house, I made sure hubby brought home all the leftover old windows from the 1920′s. He and my brother just shook their heads all the way back home! I’ve done several other things with my old windows.”
Sue Gerdes says about her twig arch, “This is my “after” picture…after I trimmed back the morning glory…the arbor now is something I will get to see all winter and covered with snow. They say you need great bones (in your garden) to have a pretty yard in the winter…these little things around your yard are bones.
It is interesting to see how your yard changes from season to season. I think the change is beautiful and necessary. Time for seeds to be gathered and leaves to fall and everything is slowly go to sleep until it awakes in Spring.”