A DIY arbor for your outdoor garden will enhance the appearance of your landscape without breaking the budget. Not only is an arbor attractive and great for growing vines on, but it is also great for directing foot traffic and separating outdoor spaces.
DIY arbor plans, like one of these 21 free plans listed below, will be ideal for showing you how to construct your own arched or flat-topped garden arbor. Arbors can serve multiple purposes in the landscape: they can be used to support food plants like cucumbers: fruiting vines like grape vines: or fragrant flowers like climbing roses.
DIY Arbor Trellis
These DIY arbor plans show you how to build a trellis that is the entryway to the garden and a part of the garden.
Building an arbor that serves double duty in the garden can’t be any easier than this design. Attractive and functional, this structural element of the garden brings form and fun to an ordinary raised bed garden. The arbor trellis brings height to the garden, provides an attractive entrance, and gives a sturdy structure for climbing vines.
DIY Arbor Swing
Combine two favorite outdoor items with these free garden arbor plans. Build a garden arbor with a swing large enough for two people so you can relax in the swing while enjoying a garden view.
This DIY arbor would make a perfect focal point for an outdoor space and it can be built for under $500. Use these arbor plans and construct this arbor in less than one weekend.
DIY Grape Arbor
Watch this informative video and learn how to build a grape arbor for your outdoor space. The construction is simple but when the wooden arbor is covered with grapevines and clusters of ripe grapes, it is an enchanting sight.
Place this grape arbor at the entrance to your garden, backyard, outdoor kitchen, or any other outdoor space to delineate the space and provide a little shade. The construction plans are free, the design is simple, construction is quick, and the rewards this grape arbor will provide are extraordinary.
Gated DIY Arbor
Use this idea and free instructions for building an arbor that becomes an attractive frame for a backyard gate. This DIY garden arbor is the perfect compliment for a backyard privacy fence. It makes it easy to distinguish where the entryway is located and provides space for hanging baskets of flowers and solar lights.
Enjoy your privacy and security by constructing this wooden DIY arbor that is sturdy enough to become the frame for a fence gate.
Basic DIY Arbor
This is a basic arbor design that is easy to customize to meet your needs. Simple wood construction can be enlarged to accommodate a built-in bench on each side of the arbor can be made smaller to fit into a small space.
Inexpensive to build and will take less than two days to complete, this DIY arbor would be an ideal focal point in any yard. Add hanging flower baskets or plant climbing vines on each side so the arbor top will be covered with flowering vines that will provide shade and fragrance during the summer.
This modern design DIY arbor and bench is ideal to build and place in a sitting garden. Sit down and enjoy the beauty of nature after you build this modern, clean-line design arbor with bench.
Use untreated boards for construction and paint the DIY arbor a color that will blend in with your outdoor garden so the eye will be drawn to the flowers and not the arbor.
Minimal design and sturdy construction are great for use in a woodland garden where things grow in harmony with nature.
Arched DIY Arbor
Enter your backyard garden through this traditional arched arbor that will help define the outdoor space without putting up a fence.
Plants and shrubs can be used to define outdoor spaces instead of a wooden fence and placing an arched arbor on the path leading to the garden make a perfect entrance. The DIY arbor becomes a homemade portal that makes the landscape transition from a cityscape to an outdoor oasis.
Use these free arbor plans to build this traditional-style arched arbor.
Cedar Garden Arbor
These free detailed plans will show you how to build a cedar arbor with two built-in benches. Attractive and comfortable, this DIY garden arch is multi-functional and easy to construct. You can have a beautiful focal point in your landscape that will double as the entranceway into your garden. The garden arch will also give you a place to sit down and enjoy the sights and smells in your garden and provides a trellis for growing vines.
The small investment of time and money required for building an arbor pays you back several times over with the enjoyment it can provide.
DIY Arbor With Bench
Use these plans to build an arbor that includes a bench. You can enjoy a place to sit and a place to grow plants in the same outdoor space. Easy to build arbor with a bench can be used to create a lovely garden get-away for a small backyard.
DIY Arbor Bench
Create a perfect little reading nook for your outdoor space by building this diy arbor bench. All-in-one construction reduces the cost and amount of work. Easy to follow video plans will show you how to build this DIY arbor.
A New-Old Arbor
Use this idea and free plan to build a new garden arbor that looks like it has been in place for years. The faux patina described in these plans will show you how to make the new lumber look like it’s decades old.
Attractive and easy to build, ideal for use in a garden pathway.
Timber Frame DIY Arbor
These design plans show you how to build a DIY arbor that has no visible hardware. Cut old-style joints with these detailed plans that will create a sturdy structure and all hardware hidden from view.
Plans also include a backless bench on each side of the garden arbor and a slanted roof.
Craftsman Style DIY Arbor
Clean, simple lines are used to construct this craftsman style arbor. Ideal for use as a garden entrance and to support climbing vines. Hang a solar light in the center to make the structure attractive after dark.
Minimal lumber and hardware are needed for this DIY project and the total cost will be around $100.
Triangle Roof DIY Arbor
Create a unique and attractive outdoor space with this backyard arbor. These detailed instructions will show you how to build a wooden arbor with a triangle roof that is sure to be the focal point of your backyard.
Minimal lumber is needed for this DIY arbor and the results are eye-catching and functional.
Timber Garden Arbor
This attractive design can become the focal point of any yard with or without vines or flowers growing on it.
These detailed, easy to follow instructions make the DIY building project easy and it can be accomplished in just one weekend.
Entry DIY Arbor
Here is a great addition to a front yard that will add curb appeal and increase the value of your home. This DIY arbor is ideal for building at the entrance of your front sidewalk leading up to the entry of your home.
DIY Privacy Arbor
For those who would like a little privacy while they sit in the backyard arbor this design is for you. Use these free arbor plans to build a simple arbor, then use lattice panels on the sides to create a privacy screen that will allow you to enjoy the view but sheild you from the neighbors view.
Create a dramatic entrance to your garden with this elegant arbor. These plans will show you how to build the arbor in your workshop where your tools are located instead of having to take your tools to an outdoor location.
Simple DIY Arbor
Follow these instructions and build this simple arbor in just a couple of days. The design is simple but the results are attractive and will create an interesting decorative element to any backyard.
DIY Wedding Arch Arbor
Planning a backyard wedding for this spring or summer? Then you may want to build this stunning wedding arch arbor for the bride and groom. Envision the happy couple standing under this arbor covered with greens vines and fragrant flowers on their wedding day.
After the wedding, the arbor can be the focal point of your backyard garden.
Cheap Garden Arbor
Use these plans to build a sturdy DIY arbor cheaply with recycled lumber. Even a small garden can be enhanced with the addition of an arbor covered with flowering vines. Add a birdhouse and solar lights and this cheap garden arbor with look like a million bucks.