DIY: How to Build a Garden Tuteur

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Do you have vines growing all over your garden? If so, why not build your own garden tuteur, so that you can control this problem? That’s right, a tuteur gives your vines a structure that it can wrap itself around, all while keeping your garden looking well-maintained. Take a look at the steps below on building a garden tuteur.

Materials:

  • Branches (Between 14 inch and 1 inch in diameter)
  • Saw
  • Knife
  • Sandpaper
  • One or two elastic bands
  • Wood glue
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Clamp
  • All-purpose glue
  • Jute twine
  • Spar urethane

Step 1: Arrange the branches and keep the top in place

To construct the posts of your garden tuteur, grab four branches and squeeze them tightly together so that each post is leaning up against one another. However, the bottom ends of the posts should stay in a somewhat square shape. It may take you a while to get this step down, so keep trying until you do it right. Once that’s done, wrap one or two thick elastic bands around the top of the posts. This will give your tuteur some stability for the moment. You should also add some wood glue to the spots where the posts connect for this same effect. Let the glue completely dry before you move on to screwing each post to an adjacent post.

Step 2: Attach the braces

You’ll have to start out by first attaching the lower set of braces to your posts. To do this, cut your branches to length. We recommend leaving them long enough so that they’ll extend an inch or two beyond where your posts end. Then, clamp down one end of your brace, as you drill and screw the other side. You want to make sure that your braces are in a spot where you won’t have to drill through a knot in the wood. The first two braces you attach should be opposite each other, while the remaining two should then sit on top of the ends of the first pair. When you’re all done with that, add four more in the same fashion as before, only higher up.

Step 3: Add the twine

Twine is typically used when building a tuteur to hide the screws, so begin this step by rubbing some glue into the end of the twine. This will keep it from fraying. After that, stick one end of the twine into a crevice. Remember, you may have to add more glue to make sure that the twine stays in place. Continue wrapping the twine around your garden tuteur until all the screws are covered.

Step 4: Protect your tuteur

Now that you’re tuteur is built, spray on a few coats of spar urethane, so that it can withstand any conditions thrown its way. After all, it will be staying outside in all weather elements.