Writing this article made me realize I knew nothing about fences. There are a lot of different types, from the shape of the edges to the materials used. And if you’re like me, you’d probably be overwhelmed as well.
Let me put a reference photo about what different fence designs are available:
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Maybe it’s because of Pinterest and Instagram, but everything you have or do is a statement. And fences are no exception. You can follow the classic designs or DIY and build it from scratch. Bare your soul with these DIY fence ideas.
1. Tire Out: Half Tire Fence
Table of Contents
- 1 1. Tire Out: Half Tire Fence
- 2 2. Tire Out: Full Tire Fence
- 3 3. Tired Out: Pile ‘Em Up
- 4 4. Tired Out: Rubber Strip Fence
- 5 5. Repurposed Bike Fences
- 6 6. Stacked Plastic Bottle Fence
- 7 7. (A Toast to Your Neighbors) Wine Glass Bottle Fence
- 8 8. DIY Crisscross Branch and Twig (Wattle) Fence
- 9 9. DIY Simple Twig Fence
- 10 10. Skis and Surfboard Fence
- 11 11. DIY Piano Design Fence
- 12 12. Fence Made of Old Doors
- 13 13. DIY Repurposed Bowling Ball Fence
- 14 14. DIY Mirrored Fence
- 15 15. DIY Bottle Cap Mosaic Fence Design
- 16 16. DIY Bamboo Fence
- 17 17. PVC Pipe Fence
- 18 18. DIY Canvas Privacy Fence
- 19 19. Just For Fun Balloon Fence
- 20 20. DIY Log Fences
- 21 21. The Classic Split Rail Fence
- 22 22. DIY Wooden Pallet Fence
- 23 23. DIY Kid’s Birdhouse Fence
- 24 24. DIY Corrugated Metal Fences
- 25 25. Cattails Sculptural Fence
- 26 26. Wire Mesh Fence
- 27 27. Classic Iron Fences
- 28 28. Aluminum Fence (Alternative)
- 29 29. DIY Pencil Fence
- 30 30. Wire and Stone Fences
- 31 31. Aquarium Fence
- 32 Conclusion
We’re starting this list off with some unconventional fences. And because I love upcycling, of course, this DIY fence using old tires would make it.
Just saw those old rubber donuts in half and place your garden with them. Add soil to the ridge and place your best blooms.
2. Tire Out: Full Tire Fence
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If sawing isn’t your thing, you can always just use the full tires. Set them one against the other, with poles to keep them stable. Lace them at the border of your yard.
You can even fit in some wooden boards and turn them into outdoor shelves like what Sharon’s Family Daycare had done in this photo.
3. Tired Out: Pile ‘Em Up
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Make a no-nonsense tire fence by simply piling them up. Although considering the thickness, it may look more like a wall than a fence. Place the bottom tires first so you can see what the length and width of your fence will be.
Add fillers like soil to the hollow parts. Alternate the tires in a simple design.
4. Tired Out: Rubber Strip Fence
Don’t like the bulk of those previous tire fence ideas? You can make an easy DIY fence with the simple tire strip fence perfect for those who own farms and need to separate livestock.
Cut the used tire top and bottom rims, then cut the remaining band in half so you’ll be left with a strip. Grab some wooden poles and nails and then assemble.
5. Repurposed Bike Fences
Source: Troy Neiman
Another recycled DIY fence idea for you is located in the Pie Allen Neighborhood, Tucson. This installation used repurposed bicycle parts, positioned at different angles to fit the steel frame.
The combination of the two makes an original but clean design. You can always opt out on the frame and weld the pieces together for an edgy look.
Source: Pacific Fence
6. Stacked Plastic Bottle Fence
Let’s recycle more plastic bottles in this next DIY garden fence project. There are different styles of plastic bottle fence. You can either stack them up horizontally or vertically. You can include a wooden or steel frame. You can even turn them into a standing garden.
See this link for other plastic bottle fence suggestions.
7. (A Toast to Your Neighbors) Wine Glass Bottle Fence
Source: Goods Home Design
Are you the friendly neighborhood party thrower, or maybe crasher?
Why not put those old bottles to use and give a toast to creativity with this glass bottle fence idea? You can use bottles with the same design for a clean and elegant look.
You can also try and mix it up by using different colored ones. Follow this tutorial.
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8. DIY Crisscross Branch and Twig (Wattle) Fence
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If you’re after a more natural and organic DIY garden fence, then it doesn’t get more natural than a DIY twig and branch fence. There are many ways to assemble this.
You can string the wooden pieces horizontally, or you can attempt to make crisscrossing patterns in between vertical poles, this is called ‘wattling’.
9. DIY Simple Twig Fence
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For a simpler DIY fence, you can also just set the branches and twigs vertically. Use some twine to tie them together or to hold them in supporting beams.
You can also use metal wires instead of twine or long thin nails. You can cut the branches in uniform lengths or use them as is.
10. Skis and Surfboard Fence
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This one is for all the sporty gardeners out there. We now have a way to combine both passions with this easy DIY fence.
If you’ve got a broken pair of skis or two, maybe a snowboard that took one too many hits, why not set them up outside and show the world your athletic prowess (or at least interest).
You can also do this with surfboards!
11. DIY Piano Design Fence
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Are you passionate about music and not afraid to show it? Spread your love for music by adding a new twist to the classic picket fence.
If you prefer a more private fence, just paint an ordinary board fence with the black and white keys of the piano.
12. Fence Made of Old Doors
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Knock knock! It’s a fence made of old doors, no joke! Repurpose your old doors and create interesting and easy DIY fences that are sure to be the talk of the town.
Place them vertically or horizontally and paint on them. You can also use window shutters. Try to add other homey touches, like wreaths and flowers.
13. DIY Repurposed Bowling Ball Fence
Source: Design Rulz
This next one is bordering on the insane, but it is an original DIY fence idea as well as being an eco-friendly one.
You’d need quite a few bowling balls, metal chains, and steel frames; for the materials, you’ll need a hammer, shovel, and nails to dig good underground support and a whole lot of courage in suspending those weights above your toes.
14. DIY Mirrored Fence
We wanted to put a mind-blowing DIY modern fence on this list and this design by Alyson Shotz definitely takes the cake. Create a DIY mirrored fence by coating your regular spaced picket fence with aluminum or any reflective substitute.
Some have tried repurposing their wall mirrors to achieve the same effect, but that might get costly and dangerous.
15. DIY Bottle Cap Mosaic Fence Design
Source: Home Jelly
There’s really nothing wrong with using basic designs of fences available. If you don’t have the budget or the time to make them, you can just customize what you have. One DIY fence decor you can try is the bottle cap mosaic.
Since bottle caps come in different colors, you can easily grab them from your nearest junkshop.
16. DIY Bamboo Fence
Speaking of easy installation, why not try a bamboo fence? There are bamboo rolls available online but if you live in a tropical country, these woody grasses most likely grow wherever. Grab some stalks and cut them to size.
Use twine to bind them together and make your own roll or stick them directly to the soil.
17. PVC Pipe Fence
I am so amazed at the versatility of PVC pipes. They have been used to build so many things, but an elegant DIY fence is definitely one of my favorites.
By artistically choosing different points to attach the plastic poles, you can create a simple yet effective design. Color choice can also make or break your piece.
18. DIY Canvas Privacy Fence
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Another DIY fence idea that won’t break the bank is the canvas privacy fence. Canvas sheets are more affordable than wooden planks or steel grates. They are lightweight but durable. Simply set up strong metal beams and secure the canvases using cords.
However, if you already have frames to repurpose, drape the canvas sheet on them and have an instant fence.
19. Just For Fun Balloon Fence
This one is just for fun but a great idea, nevertheless. Who wouldn’t smile at the sight of a fence made entirely out of balloons?
This design is from KIDDLE Party Supplies and is just a great inspiration for mommies and daddies who’d need DIY ideas for their little ones’ next birthday party.
20. DIY Log Fences
Source: The Owner Builder Network
Up next is the cordwood or log-wood fence design. Depending on how abundant logs are in your area, you can make them as thick or thin as possible.
Cut the log in uniform lengths and stack them with the cut ends acting as the face of your fence. This is best accomplished with frames or guides so the logs won’t roll away.
21. The Classic Split Rail Fence
Source: Home Stratosphere
The split-rail fence is called such due to the log split half way. The timber is placed horizontally in an alternating pattern in between one vertical stand or two.
This fence is usually free-standing and traditionally has a zigzag pattern. There’s no need for nails in this (DIY fence) project.
22. DIY Wooden Pallet Fence
Source: Among The Leaves
Wooden pallets are multipurpose materials that are used for constructing containers to DIY furniture. Here’s a lovely DIY fence project featuring the same.
“Among the Leaves” has a lovely tutorial so you can set about making your own wooden pallet fence.
23. DIY Kid’s Birdhouse Fence
Source: Flaming Petal
Here’s a DIY fence for the kids and birds to enjoy. Putting another twist to the classic picket fence is this kid’s birdhouse fence. Just assemble as you would in any other fence, choose happy colors and add roofs to the pointed ends, some peepholes, and of course a small landing strip.
Try this project now.
24. DIY Corrugated Metal Fences
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We’ve covered many materials for DIY fencing in this list, from the repurposed to the cheap, but we can’t forget metal, especially in our modern age.
Corrugated metal has been used for roofs, but in this DIY project, we’re going to make a fence. You can try to mix and match different colored corrugated metals and weld them diagonally.
25. Cattails Sculptural Fence
If you haven’t heard of COR-TEN, it’s a steel alloy that is non-corrosive but with rust-like color. The Cor-Ten Cattails Sculptural fence is an award-winning design in Pennsylvania that is awe-inspiring in its simplicity.
Despite the low-maintenance fence, it’s very effective and it’s no wonder many try to DIY their own version.
26. Wire Mesh Fence
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Another DIY metal fence design is a well-known wire mesh fence. Used mostly to act as a semi-permeable barrier, it’s great for places like baseball fields and playgrounds but not really ideal for private back yards.
Recently, though, the wire mesh fence gets some love as people decide to decorate and modify it into works of art.
27. Classic Iron Fences
Source: Zootec News
We’re giving a throwback tribute to the classically wrought iron fences we’ve come to know. Despite the fact that they had to be maintained, their strong and elegant placement in homes beckons bittersweet nostalgia.
If you like the vintage homes of old, this fence is the one is for you.
28. Aluminum Fence (Alternative)
A great low maintenance alternative to iron fences are aluminum ones. Installation includes setting your posts before placing the aluminum panels in between. Click here for the full set of instructions and tips on how to DIY your own aluminum fence.
Here are other fence designs that are worth a look.
29. DIY Pencil Fence
This DIY Pencil fence comes very natural as well as creative. It will surely attract other kids in the neighborhood.
30. Wire and Stone Fences
Source: Engineering Feed
If you are looking for some privacy in your neighborhood, you might as well want to consider having a wire and stone fence. This DIY privacy fence definitely blends everything right in.
31. Aquarium Fence
Who wouldn’t love to include fishes in a DIY project? Making an aquarium fence is perfect for those who love to explore the beach and the life under it.
It feels like the Three Little Pigs as we listed the different mind-blowing DIY fence ideas. But no matter which project you end up doing, it would still be a win as long as you get to express yourself, stay within your budget, and most importantly they perform the task you wanted them to (e.g., keep the wolf out).
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