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Build a Temporary Pergola with Trellises | Pretty Handy Girl

This tutorial to build a temporary pergola is perfect for a wedding, photo shoot, for some shade, or for your garden if you are okay with it not lasting forever.

My sister and I constructed it for our Thompson’s WaterSeal Bali Dream Deck to provide some romance and shade from the hot Bali sun.

Bali Dream Deck for Thompsons Water Seal | Pretty Handy Girl

Materials:

Build a Temporary Pergola with Trellises | Pretty Handy Girl

  • 2 Trellises (with double vertical construction)
  • 1 Trellis
  • 4 – 2 1/2″ wood screws
  • Drill bit
  • Drill
  • Clamps

Optional:

Instructions: 

Dry fit your trellis pieces together to create the pergola shape. Make note of where the top trellis intersects with the two side pieces.

Build a Temporary Pergola with Trellises | Pretty Handy Girl

Pre-drill holes through the top trellis piece at the four intersecting points.

Build a Temporary Pergola with Trellises | Pretty Handy Girl

Pre-drill holes into the top outer pieces of the vertical side trellises (where they meet the top trellis.)

Build a Temporary Pergola with Trellises | Pretty Handy Girl

Clamp or have a friend hold the trellis together and drive the wood screws through the top trellis and into the side pieces.

Build a Temporary Pergola with Trellises | Pretty Handy Girl

Stand back and admire your quick and easy temporary pergola!

Build a Temporary Pergola with Trellises | Pretty Handy Girl

Accessorize your pergola with hanging lanterns and curtains. We shopped World Market for our accessories.

Build a Temporary Pergola with Trellises | Pretty Handy Girl

The garden stool was from Lowe’s (we spray painted it aqua.)

Build a Temporary Pergola with Trellises | Pretty Handy Girl

I had to share this gem with you. My sister took this picture and we both could not stop laughing at my facial expression.

Build a Temporary Pergola with Trellises | Pretty Handy Girl

I think it would be hysterical to hear your funny captions for this photo. Go ahead and leave a comment below with your funny caption and I’ll pick my favorite to win a $25 Lowe’s Gift Card in a few days.

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41 replies
  1. Samantha
    Samantha says:

    Two steps to a perfectly aligned screw in the top of your pergola. First, balance on the top of the stepladder. Second, master this face.

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  2. fOb
    fOb says:

    This wouldn’t be easy for me, but I think it would be worth it in a couple of cases–the one that springs to my mind is making a slightly larger one to partition off part of a room for an overnight guest. This little bit of privacy would be really nice.

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  3. Penny
    Penny says:

    Hmm wonder what I can go shopping for tomorrow, maybe a new saw, that just might be the ticket or maybe a jig saw would do it.

    Reply
  4. Ledoux Leasa
    Ledoux Leasa says:

    “Just goes to prove guys can’t do anything without us, I ended up having to do the whole thing by myself! Thanks a lot handsome guy”

    Reply
  5. Cathy E
    Cathy E says:

    “My luck, this will be the post/photo that goes viral on Pinterest”. Another great idea – and one that looks simple enough to actually “do”. Thanks!

    Reply
  6. Harriet Cantwell
    Harriet Cantwell says:

    caption: “I’ll bet Martha Stewart has people that do this for her…if I get a splinter…..!!!!!”

    Reply
  7. Joan
    Joan says:

    This idea would be really great for over a stall at a craft fair, especially if you added a back piece – space to hang your work up and display it well. – well done!

    Reply
  8. Jane Fox
    Jane Fox says:

    What a great project! I love the accessories you chose, especially the lanterns. They really add to the ambiance going on. This is gorgeous, but I’ve also been looking into have a more permanent pergola installed. I think that it could really contribute to my outside–thoughts?

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