How to Build a Temporary Pergola
This tutorial to build a temporary pergola is perfect for a wedding, photo shoot, for some shade, or for your garden if you are okay with it not lasting forever.
My sister and I constructed it for our Thompson’s WaterSeal Bali Dream Deck to provide some romance and shade from the hot Bali sun.
- 2 Trellises (with double vertical construction)
- 1 Trellis
- 4 – 2 1/2″ wood screws
- Drill bit
Dry fit your trellis pieces together to create the pergola shape. Make note of where the top trellis intersects with the two side pieces.
Pre-drill holes through the top trellis piece at the four intersecting points.
Pre-drill holes into the top outer pieces of the vertical side trellises (where they meet the top trellis.)
Clamp or have a friend hold the trellis together and drive the wood screws through the top trellis and into the side pieces.
Stand back and admire your quick and easy temporary pergola!
Accessorize your pergola with hanging lanterns and curtains. We shopped World Market for our accessories.
The garden stool was from Lowe’s (we spray painted it aqua.)
I had to share this gem with you. My sister took this picture and we both could not stop laughing at my facial expression.
I think it would be hysterical to hear your funny captions for this photo. Go ahead and leave a comment below with your funny caption and I’ll pick my favorite to win a $25 Lowe’s Gift Card in a few days.
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“My luck, this will be the post/photo that goes viral on Pinterest”. Another great idea – and one that looks simple enough to actually “do”. Thanks!
LOL. Yes, let’s hope that face doesn’t end up on a meme.
“Note to self: buy more deodorant!” ha-ha!
My thoughts exactly!!!
Ugh. I knew I shouldn’t have at those chili cheese fries for lunch…. I hope no one is down wind.
Eska, you and I think alike. Too funny.
Hmmm, all this accomplished and my nails still look great – Not too shabby!
LOL. Yeah, but my nails rarely look good. Too much woodworking.
“Just goes to prove guys can’t do anything without us, I ended up having to do the whole thing by myself! Thanks a lot handsome guy”
Ahhh, I always do my own stunts…I mean projects. Handsome guy has that name for a reason. He’s usually not much help. ;-D
Hmm wonder what I can go shopping for tomorrow, maybe a new saw, that just might be the ticket or maybe a jig saw would do it.
True, new tools are often on my mind.
“I told them this drill bit wasn’t too long for me”
Robin, LOL, yes and I’ve been known to make do with what I have instead of going to the tool box to hunt for a better bit.
Who screwed my thumb to the pergola?
LOL. I still have all my fingers and thumbs.
Caption: Hmmm……that hand had FIVE fingers when I started this project…….
LOL. That’s a good one Cathy!
Hmmm, this can’t be cedar….
Love the ideas, great post! 🙂
Hmmm, that was easier than I thought it would be! Boo-ya!
The contemplative grimace. LOL, I like it.
This wouldn’t be easy for me, but I think it would be worth it in a couple of cases–the one that springs to my mind is making a slightly larger one to partition off part of a room for an overnight guest. This little bit of privacy would be really nice.
So cute – I love this idea. Thanks for sharing!
This is easy. I’m bored.
Two steps to a perfectly aligned screw in the top of your pergola. First, balance on the top of the stepladder. Second, master this face.
Bwahaha. That’s funny ;-D