How to Make a Lattice Top for a Pie Crust

A how-to guide on making a lattice top for your homemade pies. Step-by-step instructions with photographs.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes


1 Before starting the lattice top, roll out half of your pie dough and line your pie dish with it. The dough should extend beyond the rim of the pie dish by about half an inch. Put it in the refrigerator to chill while you work on the lattice. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the other half of your pie dough to the same extent as the first half (about 3 inches beyond the diameter of your pie dish). It's easier to work with the dough if it is chilled, so if it the dough has softened too much, put the rolled-out piece on a flat cookie sheet and chill it in the refrigerator or freezer for a few minutes.

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2 Cut the dough into even strips, 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch wide, depending on how thick you want your lattice strips. You can use a blunt knife with or without a ruler or straight edge to guide you, or you can use a pizza wheel or a pastry wheel if you have one.

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3 Fill your pie shell with the pie filling. Lay out 4 to 7 parallel strips of the pie dough, depending on how thick your strips are, on top of the filling, with about 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch space between them. Fold back every other strip.

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4 Place one long strip of dough perpendicular to the parallel strips as shown. Unfold the folded strips over the perpendicular strip.

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5 Now take the parallel strips that are running underneath the perpendicular strip and fold them back over the perpendicular strip, as shown. Lay down a second perpendicular strip of dough next to the first strip, with some space between the strips. Unfold the folded parallel strips over the second strip.

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6 Continue this process until the weave is complete over the top of the pie.

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7 Trim the edges of the strips flush with the dough of the underlying pie dish, which should be about half an inch over the sides. Fold back the rim of the shell over the edge of the lattice strips, and crimp to secure.

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Left: 3/4-inch strips. Right: 1/2-inch strips

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  • Mary

    Very cool. Thanks for the photos.

  • Kalyn

    I am duly impressed (she who has only made a couple of pies in her whole life, and never with lattice crust.) My grandma Peterson made the best pie and she used to do this, so it brings back great memories.

  • Maggie

    Thanks for the tip. I haven’t made a lattice top in years, but being reminded is nice.

  • Sara, Ms. Adventures in Italy

    Beautiful crust, and I’m amazed that you can get such great pictures while you’re doing everything step-by-step! Good reference.

  • joanne

    Lovely crust. Thank you for making it so easy. I now want to make a pie. My project for the next week.

  • Trig

    All that work – and then the pie disappears in seconds! But it makes you feel good.

  • Deborah

    Thanks for the step-by-step pictures! I love making homemade pie crust, but I’ve never tried a lattice top.

  • Tea

    What a great post! Your pictures are gorgeous.

  • Linda

    I really appreciate your step by step photos
    and instructions.


  • David

    The real skill here is that you made a lattice pie crust with…only one hand!

    How you photographed it, while putting it together, is quite a feat. I’ve never seen anyone do that before.

    Quite impressive Elise! : )

  • Rasa Malaysia

    This is great. I could never figure out how and your pictures explain all. Thanks.

  • Renee

    Wow, this is fantastic, and so easy!, Thanks!

  • Susan from Food "Blogga"

    As a novice baker, I really appreciate this post. I have ambitions to make some fruit pies this summer, and with your step-by-step photos, I might just work up the courage to do a lattice top. Thanks, Elise!

  • Jon

    Hmmm.. been making lattice top pies for years but always the hard way (tucking each individual crust slice under then over then under and NOT rolling the crusts back!). I’ll have to give this a shot.. Thanks!

  • Lattice Novice

    Thank you. Your detailed instructions and clear photographs give me courage and confidence!

  • Stephanie

    Thanks for sharing your tips. This was my first time making a lattice crust. The step by step instruction were great. My customer is going to be very surpised.

  • Rachelle @ "Mommy? I"m Hungry!"

    Thank you for these tips! I’ve never made lattice tops before, but want to try it for an apple pie this weekend. If it works out, it’ll be on my blog. ;)

  • Lynne & Nia

    Thanks for your easy instructions on making a lattice top. My 11 yr old daughter decided to make a cherry pie. After careful consideration, she tried to bow out of making a lattice top as it looked difficult for her. I brought her in front of the computer and found your instructions. We did it step by step. As we neared the end, I asked her, “Now, it wasn’t as hard as you thought, huh?” The only thing extra we did was brush egg white for a lil’ glaze to it.

    Thank you so much for your directions. The pie looks fabulous.

  • John Deere Mom

    That’s awesome and just what I was looking for! Thank you so much!

  • Adelina

    Lovely instruction with clear step-by-step pictures to follow! I now have a little more confident to perhaps try out this technique sometimes soon!

    Thanks for posting and for sharing!

  • dani

    I’m a new baker/cooker.

    I really want to try my hands at making a lattice topped pie. Thanks for the instructions because I always wondered how it was done.

  • Ma-Ryssa Martin

    Thanks so much! I had to make an apple pie for a project and I use this. It was simple and easy! I am only 13 and you made it clear and simple for even me to understand! Thanks! :)

  • Meghna

    Hello Elise,
    Thank you so much posting this. I wanted to make the lattice top for a pie,but was withholding it because I thought it was so difficult. But your step by step instructions was really good that I never thought this was such fun and easy thing to do. Thanks once again for posting this.

  • Alex

    Thank you so much! I just made my first lattice crust on a boysenberry pie, and was so incredibly proud. :) The pictures helped me a lot!

  • meg

    Thank you soo much! Im in a foods class right now, and tomorrow we have a practical test on making a lattice top (we’ve never done this before) and were not allowed to ask questions, so this really helps and the pics are really detailed

  • JBR

    Darn! I just made this, but forget to do it longer than the actual pan & fold up. If anyone reads this within the next hour, any heads up if it will be problematic? Thanks, JBR.

  • For JBR

    Well the bottom crust will at least still be great! The crust will shrink a little bit while baking so the lattice top on the pie is going to just be sitting on top, so the presentation isnt going to be splended by any means but it wont be a total failure either. At least people who will look at your pie will see the time consuming lattice work (without knowing your tricks)and realize that you just didnt have enough dough to tuck it all in and fold it all together on the edges. GOOD LUCK!

  • noraili hasidin

    what is the purpose of putting the dough inside the refrigerater before cooking?

    You mean before rolling it out, or trying to make a lattice crust? Lightly chilled dough will be easier to handle. If it is too chilled, you won’t be able to easily roll it out. If it is too warm, the dough may be too sticky and may stretch too much when you work with it. ~Elise

  • Mimi Wan

    Thank you so much for wonderful instructions!!! We made a beautiful lattice pie based on your recipe! It was a family affair and we had a great time!

  • manelle

    awesome!!! it worked so well!
    i love making pie,(especially apple!) and i usually make normal tops with sugar and egg whites but no special design. now i can do all sorts!!!
    i even added my own designs such as a flower,or a letter or word.
    i cant wait to try it again!

  • Susanne Katchko

    wow, thanks — no way could I have figured this out, myself. The mystery of how to form this crust was actually invading my dreams — kept trying to solve it!


  • Mary

    Thank you so much! This page helped my 13 year old son make his first homemade apple pie! Your pics were so much easier than trying to explain it myself! :)

  • Ma

    Thank you so much for this wonderful and simple description. this is the best and easiest way to make a lattice top. Of all the lattice top descriptions I have seen, this is the easiest to do and understand. Thanks loads!!

  • Erica K

    First time making a lattice top pie and it came out great thanks to your instructions!

  • Mellie

    Wow, these were instructions I could actually follow. My apple pie turned out perfect. Very easy to do now, thanks to you! Have a good day!