How to make a hanging climber

This pretty hanging climber, simply made from branches and heavy-duty twine, is ideal for growing flowering climbing plants or edibles against a fence or a wall.

Bunnings magazine, January 2021

Branching out

Plant supports come in all shapes and sizes, but making one yourself lets you build one that suits both your plants and your space. This one, made from branches trimmed to size, is pretty, practical and cheap to make

Tools and materials

6.4m of 25mm-thick branches

7m of 6mm sisal twine (we used Whites heavy sisal twine)

Drill with 6mm bit


Safety equipment (mask, gloves and eye protection)


Stainless steel hook

Tape measure and pencil

Make a hanging climber

1. Cut branches to size

Working on a flat, stable surface, use a handsaw to trim the branches of twigs and cut them into 16 rungs 400mm long. Measure and mark 100mm from either end of each rung and use a 6mm bit to drill holes.

Make a hanging climber

2. Thread twine through branches

Cut the twine in half, knot the ends together and hang it from a stainless steel hook. Measure 250mm down from the knot, thread both sides onto a rung, position it straight and knot underneath.

Measure 100mm down to position the next rung, knot and repeat with the remaining rungs, trimming the excess twine.

Safety tip: wear gardening gloves when cutting branches and remove twigs to help avoid splinters.

Make a hanging climber

More trellis styles

Check out our guide on how to make a bamboo cone.

Photo credit: Cath Muscat

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