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Build a Wood Garden Obelisk

Easy wood garden obelisk you can build on a budget. This is the second DIY obelisk design we have built and shared. These are great for roses, tomatoes, sunflowers and even squash.  This garden element supports plants that need it with great style.

Obelisks are great for adding height and structure to any garden but they are particularly useful in smaller garden spaces.  

You can make them tall or short, fat or skinny and it doesn’t take much skill or money to make this one. You could build this beauty for around $25 in materials.  Mine has been in the garden for 3 years now and it is still going strong.

In fact, my Tess D’Ubervilles David Austin rose absolutely loves it and is nearly covering it completely with fabulously red blooms.

Tess d'Ubervilles rose on easy to build garden obelisk.

This is a variation on my original Easy Garden Obelisk.

Easy DIY Garden Obelisk

And we also made an Arbor for the entrance to my Secret Garden with 2 of these and a DIY ladder across the top.  

I have white roses planted at the base and I hope soon it will be festooned with delicate white blooms.  I want to add a fragrant clematis or other vine as well but not sure what yet.

Obelisk Arbor, (5 of 8)

 Since the basics are the same as our original obelisk (link to simple drawing plant below) I am not going to bore you with all the details but I will show you some photos of how he did the X pieces.

green garden obelisk

Note to make the X you put one half of the X on the outside of the frame…

green obelisk 1

and the other goes on the inside. 

green make a garden obelisk
green obelisk 3
green obelisk 4
june 12 2016 (50 of 56)

And that is it….for a rough sketch of the original obelisk with measurements go here.   Put it in your garden and add a beautiful climbing rose and before you know it you will have this.

Just note that you can build these any size you like, I have a few lined up to build for tomato supports, they look so much more attractive in the garden than the wire ones I have been using.  If you build any please send me a note or find me on Facebook and share photos.

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Saturday 20th of July 2019

Great Obelisk Plans ....easy to follow i presume if i wanted to make smaller ones its just a case of halving the dimensions best regards, Martin England UK


Sunday 3rd of March 2019

My husband and I built an obelisk today and it turned out awesome! I’m wondering, can I put two pear tomato plants in this one, or are the obelisks for just one plant each? Thanks!


Tuesday 16th of October 2018

How tall would you make the one tomato plants. Love this idea.


Tuesday 16th of October 2018

The first obelisk I made I use now for my tomatoes and it is 6 feet tall.


Monday 20th of June 2016

I love the metal ones too and their longevity but they are not always inexpensive. I needed to go the cost savings route here and they give me quite a bit of bang for my buck. My husband is supposed to help me make an arbor for an entryway from one garden to another with rebar, but it will be covered with roses as soon as I can get them planted when it is complete.


Thursday 18th of June 2015

You have some really good ideas - thank you for sharing. I've made obelisks like this before - my tip would be to paint all your wooden laths before you cut or assemble. Put all the laths side by side, paint, turn them, paint, turn etc. You'll be done in a minute and it's a lot easier than after assembly! You just need to touch up cut ends and even the hidden areas are protected.


Tuesday 23rd of June 2015

that is a great idea and one I meant to utilize when I built my arbor. My hubby took over and went ahead and made it, without me getting the chance to paint it. But he did such a beautiful job I cannot complain now, but when I build my next one I intend to pre-paint for sure!

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