DIY French Tuteurs for the Garden

DIY French Tuteurs for the Garden

 Tuteur is the french word for “trainer”, as in a place for vines, climbing roses, green beans etc. to grow on.

You may be more familiar with words like obelisk, teepee, trellis, tower and pyramid.

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At any rate, I wanted to share a fun project that my husband and I did together last summer. I saved the information for you because I thought it would make a good springtime post and an even more fantastic mother’s day gift idea!

 We built three tutuers for our green beans to grow on and they are just stunning in the middle of a garden.

And get this- each one only costs $25.00 worth of wood and 90 minutes to make!

That’s it.

So, if you love this idea, put a bug in someone’s ear to make you one- or three– for mother’s day!

Supplies Needed

 

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DIY French Tuteur Tutorial

For Vertical Supports- 

  • Cut each 8′ 1″x2″ in half and saw off all eight ends to make a point. These do not need to be exact, they are only for decoration.

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For Legs-

  • Take four of the 8′  2″ x 2″ and cut off 1 foot to make four pieces that are 7′ long
  • Set the saw for a 7 degree bevel, 7 degree miter
  • One at a time, cut one end of each leg, then SLIDE, DO NOT ROLL, the leg to trim the other end off. See the pic below.

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For Cross Member-

  • Set the saw for 7 degree bevel, 45 degree miter
  • Take the remaining 2″ x  2″ x 8′ s and cut using this method- cut the right end, roll 180 degrees (i.e. roll towards you twice), slide to the right, cut the left end
  • Measure along the top side, which is the shortest side
  • Cut four 10″ pieces, four 15″ pieces, four 20″ pieces and four 25″ pieces

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Assembly

  • Fit the cross members into four frames and nail with the nail gun

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  • Mark the outside edges of the four legs at 16″ from the bottom, this mark will show you where to place the bottom frame
  • Mark the three largest frames in the middle of each side so you will know where to attach the vertical supports
  • Mark the half way point on each vertical support
  • Mark the square top piece with a cross hair so you have four quadrants. Now draw 2 additional lines, 1 1/2″ on either side of each vertical and horizontal line.
  • Drill a pilot hole just inside each corner of the square that has formed from the lines and also a hole directly in the center for the finial.

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  • Attach the upper end of each leg with a screw and wood glue. Fitting them into the drawn squares and turning them until each angle is lined up perfectly level on the square piece and the floor
  • Now, one by one, slide each frame down over the “teepee” frame you have created, starting by aligning the largest frame at the pencil mark you have drawn. The top of the frame should hit the pencil mark. Screw into place.
  • Continue adding the other three frames, largest to the smallest. Use the level to keep everything level and screw each frame into place as you go.
  • Align the vertical supports on the marks at the centers of the bottom three frames, screw into place
  • Finally, decide if you want to paint or stain them, we just left ours natural

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Tutorial, Woodworking, Gardening Project, Pyramid, Obelisk, Trellis

Tutorial, Woodworking, Gardening Project, Pyramid, Obelisk, Trellis

Tutorial, Woodworking, Gardening Project, Pyramid, Obelisk, Trellis

Tutorial, Woodworking, Gardening Project, Pyramid, Obelisk, Trellis

Tutorial, Woodworking, Gardening Project, Pyramid, Obelisk, Trellis

I hope you get a chance to make these beautiful, functional focal points for your yard or garden,

 

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but if you aren’t able to make them yourself, here are a few similar items from different stores.

The Home Depot

Ebay

Lowes

Wayfair

And if you haven’t heard  . . . we have a winner for the Gardening Giveaway!

Congratualtions to

Mary Kaiser

and thank you to everyone who entered the drawing,

I  loved, loved, LOVED reading your comments and all your enthusiasm!

 

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51 Comments

  1. Brenda
    April 23, 2017 / 1:45 PM

    How absolutely lovely these are! And I especially love that they add dimension to the garden, taking the eye upward. How clever you and your husband are. Practical in a veggie garden, but lovely with morning glories or a climbing flower, as well.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 1, 2017 / 12:59 PM

      Thank you so much, Brenda! You are always so encouraging.

  2. April 23, 2017 / 1:49 PM

    Very nice! I definitely need to have someone make these for me!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 1, 2017 / 1:00 PM

      Oh, I hope you do, you will just love them!

  3. April 23, 2017 / 6:47 PM

    These are beautiful! I’ve always loved nice garden trellises but the pre-made ones are so expensie. Thanks for sharing!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 1, 2017 / 1:01 PM

      I know what you mean.:( It’s nice to have options.

  4. April 25, 2017 / 8:40 PM

    They are stunning! I have been looking for a cheap way to add a trellis or two to the garden! Thanks for the wonderful instructions. Stopping by from the Dishing & Digging It blog hop!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 1, 2017 / 1:02 PM

      What a sweet thing to say! xoxo

  5. April 26, 2017 / 11:29 AM

    I have always loved these things! And, I never knew what to call them. (Thanks, now I know). I think they look so absolutely classy in any garden — rather French and British at the same time. Thanks for the construction tutorial.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 1, 2017 / 1:03 PM

      You are so welcome, I love having DIY options in my back pocket for things I love.

  6. April 27, 2017 / 7:14 AM

    These tuteurs are just gorgeous. I am definitely going to con my husband to make some for my garden. I can envision them with morning glories on them. Thanks for the tutorial. I would love for you to share this with this week’s Share Your Style Party which is still open.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 1, 2017 / 1:04 PM

      Haha, I like the way you think!

  7. Tanya Hulbert
    April 27, 2017 / 9:51 PM

    I have put the bug in my husband’s ear about these beauties. I’m hoping with Mother’s Day around the corner I will receive one. Thank you for this great tutorial!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 1, 2017 / 1:04 PM

      Good idea, Tanya! You probably will!

  8. April 28, 2017 / 10:18 AM

    These are beautiful, functional accents! I am so happy you can make them. I know how much better things grow with support. I had a large rose garden in our last home. When they were secured they did so much better in the garden. Come by and follow my new blog too… ♥♥♥ http://www.suddenly-southern.blogspot.com

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 1, 2017 / 1:05 PM

      Oh, climbing roses would be perfect on these!

  9. melin
    April 30, 2017 / 6:02 AM

    Fabulous idea~! Want several of these!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 1, 2017 / 1:06 PM

      I hear ya! wink!

  10. April 30, 2017 / 1:23 PM

    These are beautiful, what a terrific tutorial. Thank you for sharing, Pinning.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 1, 2017 / 1:09 PM

      Aww, you are so sweet, thanks, Leanna!

  11. Mara
    April 30, 2017 / 4:40 PM

    HI – I think there is a typo in the cross member measurements and the 4 should be 45 degrees. Not being much of a wood worker, it took the picture and some logic after a few minutes to realize something was off with my cuts 🙂

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 1, 2017 / 1:10 PM

      Yes, I doubled checked my notes and you are right! Thank you so much, Mara. I have corrected the post!

      • Mara
        May 2, 2017 / 5:00 PM

        No problem, Sarah. Although it took us much longer than 90 minutes to finish due to complete inexperience, we now proudly have a beautiful French tuteur for our cucumbers bed that looks almost as good as yours. Thank you for sharing!

        • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
          May 9, 2017 / 5:30 PM

          I’m sorry. 🙁 But, I am so proud of you for sticking with it, I love that you have already made one of your own.

  12. May 1, 2017 / 5:56 PM

    Sarah,
    Beautiful tuteurs for the garden… Thank you for sharing your design plans.

    Judith

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 9, 2017 / 5:29 PM

      You are so welcome! I’m glad you liked them!

  13. May 1, 2017 / 8:12 PM

    These are lovely as well as functional. How pretty your garden looks.
    Amalia
    xo

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 9, 2017 / 5:29 PM

      Aww, thank you for your kind words, Amalia.

  14. May 3, 2017 / 7:59 AM

    These turned out beautifully! I love how they add such beauty to your garden space and complement your already wonderful garden.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 9, 2017 / 5:31 PM

      Thank you, Lindsay, we are really loving them!

  15. May 6, 2017 / 1:29 AM

    Good morning Sarah, Structure is an important element in a garden and I just know your French tuteurs will look lovely covered with the new climbing roses I have just bought. I also grow runner beans and I normally use bamboo canes, but not anymore as I love your tuteurs. Your instructions are easy to follow, so I am going to attempt to make the tuteurs, with my husband’s help, as they would not be as lovely as yours if I made them on my own (haha)
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 9, 2017 / 5:35 PM

      Oh, I hope you do make some! They would look so pretty with your roses and beans.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 9, 2017 / 5:35 PM

      Haha, you are so sweet.

  16. Luana Carpenter
    May 9, 2017 / 5:56 AM

    My husband has built me 3 tuteurs for our garden, very similar design. Love them and have had so many people who visit our garden ask about them. He has just retired and plans to begin building them for others.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 9, 2017 / 5:36 PM

      Oh, how fun! You are one lucky girl, Luana!

  17. May 11, 2017 / 7:01 AM

    So charming- love them. Thanks for linking up at FNF!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 19, 2017 / 6:28 PM

      Thank you, Courtney! That means a lot coming from you!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 19, 2017 / 6:29 PM

      You are so welcome, Larissa. Thanks for stopping by!

  18. john
    May 15, 2017 / 5:18 AM

    Can you check the dimensions of the Square TOP Piece to put the finial on. You wrote “cut 5 1/2″ by 5 1/2″ by 5 1/4″ thick, edged routed”. Isn’t that too thick?

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 15, 2017 / 6:12 AM

      John,

      You are so right, my apologies. I have updated the post, thank you for catching that!

  19. Julie
    May 19, 2017 / 9:05 AM

    These are beautiful. Thank you a million times over for sharing the angles. That’s always the most difficult part to calculate. I shall be making several for my gardens, and think of you kindly when I look at them. 🙂

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 19, 2017 / 6:32 PM

      OH, I am so glad! Have fun, Julie!!

  20. Kenny
    May 29, 2017 / 11:51 AM

    My husband just finished making 1 of 3 following your instructions. So excited to replace my sticks held together at the top with electrical wire. Lol. They will make a beautiful back bone in my garden.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      May 29, 2017 / 2:26 PM

      Oh, I just love hearing this from my readers!! I am so excitd for you!

  21. Rebecca S. Smith
    June 1, 2017 / 5:20 AM

    I was waiting all spring for this post. You mentioned in the fall you would write about how to build these, and I waited anxiously while my pea shoots got taller and taller. Finally, you posted just like you said you would. Unfortunately, building these was beyond my husband’s and my skill sets. Either way, the post solved my problems since you recommended some sources that I hadn’t seen online. We bought the tuteur you linked to from Home Depot, though we purchased it straight from the manufacturer. It is very dramatic in my garden, but I like it and we are ordering a second one! The peas are more than halfway up the trellis and blossoming beautifully!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      June 2, 2017 / 5:48 PM

      I’m sorry this was too difficult, but I am so pleased that you wer still able to get your tuteur. I love that you used the work “dramatic”, that is exactly how I feel about them, too. xoxo

  22. Kenny
    June 23, 2017 / 10:28 AM

    Little Wren’s story is very touching! My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family, thank you for sharing!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      June 29, 2017 / 8:42 PM

      Kenny, you are always such an encouragement to me, thank you for this.

  23. Mike
    July 13, 2017 / 1:36 PM

    Made this for my wife. We absolutely love it. Thanks for the ideas!

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