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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  • Cathy

    This is an excellent description. I have made them before and while I find them to be fairly easy, your description is helpful for those who are intimidated about this process. And I think y
    The steps you take makes it neater than mine is.


  • Paige

    I am so pleased for your inspiration to tell us how to make a lattice pie crust, yesterday I made an apple pie and when I was finished doing the lattice pie crust and put it in the oven I was so pleased with it, thank you so much ☺️

  • Jae

    Thanks so much for the easy instructions. I’m looking forward to making my first lattice top pie crust.

  • [email protected]

    Thank you! This has always been a mystery to me and you explained it so clearly!


  • Browntrees

    Fantastic tutorial! Thanks so much for this!!

  • Nancy

    Thank you. I have wanted to do a lattice crust for so long and have been intimidated. This is a perfect technique!

  • Kitty

    does anyone know if changing from a whole shell crust to a lattice work crust will change the baking outcome? I am making a mile high apple pie for Thanksgiving and thinking about changing the top crust, but I don’t want to mess up the inside of the pie.


    • Emma Christensen

      Hi, Kitty! Using a lattice crust shouldn’t change the baking time or affect the interior. Enjoy!

    • Elise Bauer

      Hi Kitty, it sort of depends on how you make your lattice crust. A closed lattice will be the same cooking time as a regular pie. But an open weave lattice, like the one in the photos here may cause more evaporation of the filling. It’s like a pie top with a lot of vents! So pies that may be on the runny side normally (cherry pie, blueberry pie) might experience more thickening of the filling if using a lattice top. With a mile high apple pie it shouldn’t make a difference given the amount of filling that’s in that pie.

  • Jen

    Simplest instructions. Thank you. I had no problems doing it on my first try.


  • Jayne

    Thank you!!
    Turned out perfect and won me a ribbon at the fair!


  • Joanne

    Just made it. Lots of blackberries on my ranch. Easy crop this year
    Easy lattice instructions
    Dessert tonight.


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  • June Jones

    Hi my name is June this really taught me how to make a lattice pie crust 58 years old never tried it thanks for the help anyone can do it if I can LOL

    • Elise Bauer

      Hi June, congratulations on your first lattice pie! I’m so glad the instructions worked well for you.

  • Kathy

    I am 65 and have never made a lattice topped pie, though I have made plenty of pies. This helped so much! Great tutorial! Thanks!


  • Pamela H. Garcia

    Gets easier with practice! Just means more pies to eat

  • Ethan

    Dont try to do this with a pumkin pie

  • Kelly

    Thank you so much for sharing it is very easy to follow and had never thought I could do it.
    Thanks Kelly

  • Iskra

    Hi from Bulgaria! Thank you so much for the clear instructions and pictures. I had thought it to be complicated, but it turned out “as easy as a pie” :)

  • Gloria Stone..

    Thank you so much for sharing how to make a lattice crust for a cherry pie ,have been trying different ways over the years with no success,I am almost 72 and finally thanks to you I have mastered it,,my children and grandchildren think some else did it till I showed them your tips..Goes to show you that you can teach an old dog new tricks..many thanks

  • Gabby Jones

    Thank you so much for explaining how to make a lattice pie crust. I searched many recipes and yours is the first one that actually made sense and was easy to follow. My cherry pie looks like a professional pie! Thank you.

  • 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!

  • Erica K

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

  • 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!!

  • 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! :)

  • 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!


  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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!

    • lucky43113

      I don’t get your point at all the lattice is supposed to set on top

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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! :)

  • John Deere Mom

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

  • 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.

  • 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. ;)

  • 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.

  • Lattice Novice

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

  • 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!

  • Renee

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

  • Trig

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

  • joanne

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

  • 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.

  • 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.