How to Make a Gate Tree

How do you turn an old gate into a conversation piece for the garden?  Just add some branches and some rocks and turn it into a gate tree.

I originally made a small rock tree on a piece of wood.  This one measured about 23 cm x 41 cm, which was the size of the piece of wood I used.

making a stone tree at

But I was thinking bigger and decided to use the old gate that was saved when the deck was replaced several years ago.  This is about 1.3 meters tall

the gate tree at

Now it was time to put all the planning and visualizing from the past few weeks into action.   I spent some of the hot afternoons we have been experiencing lately working in the garage.  The gate was laid onto the work table and I started arranging and stapling the branches onto the gate.  I think the nailer is one of my favourite power tools that I’ve been using this summer.

the gate tree at

Before glueing anything down I laid out the collection of flat rocks.  Some of the rocks were purchased a few years ago at the dollar store.  They came with works etched into them … love, hope, believe, truth, and more.   I also collected lots of flat rocks on our walks and travels.  Some of the rocks came back from British Columbia with me.

For this project I used Gorilla glue.  You only need a little bit as it will expand to up to 6 times the size.  I learned that lesson the hard way, when I had to chip away some of the glue that had escaped and dried around the rocks.

Once it was finished I stood it outside the back garage door to have a look at it.  I also wanted to make sure all the rocks stayed in place.


Then the decision had to be made … where would it go in the garden?

the gate tree at

… by the lilac tree?

the gate tree at

… in the honeysuckle garden?

I also tried by the back trees, by the shed, and leaning against the side path.  I want it in a place that can be visible from the deck.

I’ve got a few other places in mind … the front shade garden, the trellis garden or the farmyard garden.  

the trellis garden in June 2020 at

The gate tree has found a home in the trellis garden this year.

Be sure to have a look at my rock projects and see all the other types of rocks I’ve painted.

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12 Responses

  1. Deb Dellatore

    How does the glue hold up when exposed to the weather?

    • Crafty Gardener

      The glue has held up really well, gate has been outside for a few years now and I have only replaced a couple of stones.
      Thanks for stopping by. Have a good day.

      • Deb Dellatore

        Thanks! It’s a beautiful piece of work . .

  2. Linda

    I really love this it’s a real work of art, I too was wondering how the rocks stayed in place, that glue must be good stuff. It looks perfect in your garden it’s great that you can move it around. Have a great weekend. xx

  3. Lucy Corrander

    There is no end to your ingenuity! And the result is very attractive. Had not previously heard of gorilla glue.

  4. Myrtle

    I love the tree rock, gate Linda. Idle hands get up to no good, not likely that will be the case for you, Linda.

  5. Michelle

    What an original idea! Thanks for sharing with Creative Compulsions!


  6. Margie

    You picked a great place for it!The gate tree really pops against the yellow siding.

  7. Joy

    I have a thing for all types of trees Linda .. this is such a pretty idea to bring to life in so many ways ! Well done you !
    On the QT … I think these would sell like crazy as garden art ! LOL

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