DIY Garden Obelisk

Growing plants vertically is the ideal way to make the most of small spaces.

| April/May 2020

Build a simple obelisk to get more produce out of a small space.

Traditionally found in formal gardens, obelisks are fancy plant supports that have four sides and a pyramid-shaped top. In ancient times, obelisks were impressive structures made of stone. These days, they’re usually made out of wood or metal.
Obelisks are visually interesting, and I’m a bit obsessed with them. They’re elegant features that add lots of interest and artistic appeal, as well as structure, to a garden. Obelisks can be found in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and they look just as nice without anything growing on them as they do covered with vining crops.

This version of the classic obelisk is 6 feet tall and extremely sturdy. Set it on a level spot, or sink it a few inches into the ground to ensure that it’s stable, and then use it to grow vining crops, such as cucamelons, cucumbers, small gourds, or mini-melons.

Let the wood age naturally to give the obelisk a more rustic feel, or paint the wood to keep the formal look and to add extra color to your vegetable garden. To make it even more classic, you can add a decorative finial on top, if desired.


Tools, Materials, and Cut List


  • Drill
  • Miter saw
  • Ladder
  • Eye and ear protection
  • Work gloves
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil


  • 2x2s, 8 feet long (4)
  • 1x2s, 8 feet long (5)
  • #8x1-1/4-inch screws (44)
  • #8x2-inch screws (4)
  • Wood post cap (1)

Cut List



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