How to Build a Pergola From Branches & Twigs

A rustic branch and twig pergola will add a charming and artistic structure to a patio or backyard. By creating the pergola from branches and twigs, the naturalistic design will fit in well with a flower garden, while providing a spot for lightweight flowering vines like morning glories. Look for large fallen branches in heavily wooded areas. Children can be drafted on twig-gathering nature walks. Choose the straightest twigs and branches for this nature craft pergola.

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Tree branches and twigs can be made into a rustic pergola.

Step 1

Cut four 1-inch diameter branches to 7-foot lengths, and cut two 1-inch diameter branches to 3-foot lengths with the hand saw. Cut 60 twigs to 3 feet long each with the loppers.

Step 2

Measure the site planned for the pergola. Designate the support branch sites with the rocks. The two side supports will be 3 feet apart from each other. The pergola top will be 3 feet wide.

Step 3

Dig four 6-inch deep support holes for the four support branches with the shovel. Insert the 7-foot long branches, and tightly pack the dirt around the inserted branches.

Step 4

Connect two 3-foot long branches to the tops of the support branches by wrapping the joins with the stainless steel wire for the pergola roof.

Step 5

Bundle bunches of four twigs together. Attach the bundles between the side support branches with the wire in a crisscross design, filling the pergola side sections from bottom to top.

Step 6

Wrap all of the exposed stainless steel wire with 6-inch lengths of tied jute.

Step 7

Plant morning glory flowers at the bases of the pergola side supports.