Twig Teepee

By P. Allen Smith

Materials for Making a Twig TeePee

  • Three upright sturdy branches
  • Copper wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Smaller branches to create six or more "x" shaped supports
  • Terra cotta pot (optional)
  • Climbing vine or plant


Directions for Making a Twig TeePee

  1. Start with three sturdy, upright branches. The length can vary based on how they are going to be used, but allow at least 6 to 8 inches to be pushed into the ground. Allen used poles that were 6 to 7 feet long.
  2. Gather them at the top and bind them with a piece of copper wire. Use needle nose pliers to help twist the metal into place and tuck the excess wire under for safety.
  3. Twig TeepeeNow the teepee is ready to be placed in the garden. Once you have decided on a location, push all three ends into the dirt about 6 to 8 inches. Position the legs far enough apart to make them sturdy, but equal distance from one another. These teepees work well in terra cotta containers, flower borders and raised beds.
  4. Connect the supporting poles with three lengths of wood, about 18 inches from the ground, by wrapping copper wire in a crisscross pattern.
  5. Cut and attach more wood pieces to form two "x" patterns on each side, positioning them so the upper "x" is about a foot below the top of the trellis. Add one more round of horizontal pieces just about the top "x" as a finishing touch.

Twig Teepee