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Corrugated iron shed with branch hanging climber attached

Overview

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

Materials

  • 7m x 1m lengths of 6mm sisal twine
  • 6.4m of 25mm-thick branches

Steps

1Cut 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. 
Branch on a chopping block after being cut to size

2Thread 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. 

Green Bunnings hammer
Safety tip: Wear gardening gloves when cutting branches and remove twigs to help avoid splinters.
Rope thread through hook

3Try another project

Check out more D.I.Y. ideas to get your garden in shape.

 

Photo credit: Cath Muscat

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.