DIY Garden Obelisk

These garden obelisks would help add a focal point to your garden.
These garden obelisks would help add a focal point to your garden.

A wooden garden tower would look good in a garden as it provides a sharp contrast to its natural surroundings. The geometric nature of an obelisk will add a beautiful touch. It’s crisp, structured lines and edges will allow the tower to stand out.

They're beautiful on their own but wait until you see vines start to climb up them.
They’re beautiful on their own but wait until you see vines start to climb up them.

This is a simple project, actually. However, there are angled cuts that are quite tricky for those with no basic woodworking skills. If you’re quite unsure on how to tackle a DIY garden obelisk project, first assess your carpentry skills. When in doubt, ask for help.

You can make several of these garden obelisks and arrange them carefully in your garden. You can also paint them if you want. Once the vines have started to climb up your towers, they will create a stunning focal point.

Materials:

  • 1 – 4 x 4 fence post with finial, cut about 14″ long
  • 4 – 8′ 2 x 2s for 93½” legs
  • 1 – 8′ 2 x 4 for four 22″ spreaders
  • 4 – 4′ pieces of ¼” x 1½” lath, perhaps rip-cut from a 2 x 4, for: four 17½” lower crosspieces, four 14″ middle crosspieces, and four 10½” upper crosspieces
  • 4 – 7′ pieces of ¼” x 1″ lath, perhaps rip-cut from 5⁄4 decking, for four long verticals
  • 8 – 5′ pieces of ¼” x 1″ lath for eight shorter verticals
  • 1¼” and 2″ decking or stainless-steel screws
  • Exterior wood glue/polyurethane glue

Tools:

  • Electric drill with drill bits
  • Miter saw
  • Table saw
  • Hammer

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You can make your own garden obelisk at home! Watch this video to learn how.

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