10 Unique DIY Fence Ideas
Upgrade the style and privacy of your outdoor space with one of these DIY fence ideas.
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Salvage Yard Fence
To make this fence, @chasinghazelandnola went to a local antique shop and asked for all their cuts of barn wood, which came in a variety of colors. At the same shop they also found antique windows and decided to incorporate them into the fence design as well. The result is a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind patchwork fence.
To give their plain wood fence a makeover, @natalie_jane painted it a beautiful blue, and then attached a UV-protected faux green hedge directly to the fence. (Here’s a similar option.) The hedge, a lightweight screen, can be installed with nails or zip ties. It’s an easy way to add privacy, lush greenery and a custom look without waiting for a real hedge to grow.
Think of your fence as a blank canvas and transform it into art! That’s what @megsj1art did with this plain black fence. The bold red flowers tie in with the red accents on the house. If your artistic skills are lacking, a large scale stencil provides the same effect.
Mesh Wire Fence
Build a wood and wire mesh fence with these DIY plans. The PDF download includes step-by-step instructions, materials and tools lists, plus helpful links and 3D illustrations. The wire panels in the plans, made from 6-gauge powder coated wire, provide durable security without blocking your view.
Install a Vinyl Fence
A board-and-rail vinyl fence is fairly easy to install, and the average vinyl fence can last about 20 years. (The length of your fence manufacturer’s warranty should give an idea of what to expect.) Vinyl fencing requires practically zero maintenance and, unlike wood, you’ll never worry about rotting or termites.
The key to correct installation: Ensuring the posts are plumb and in a straight line. Here’s how.
Here’s a truly one-of-a-kind fence idea made entirely of salvaged doors! Created by @centricoct with doors supplied by @stewartscarpentryllc, the variety of colors and distressed finishes add to the vintage charm.
To create your own, go on a treasure hunt for affordable doors at thrift shops and salvage yards, then install them in a row around your yard. To protect their finish from the outdoor elements, apply your favorite waterproof sealer.
Deck Privacy Fence
A privacy fence on your deck can help block the occasional nosy neighbor, as well as wind and sun. Here are the step-by-step directions for building one with construction-grade cedar, available at most home improvement stores.
The project involves carefully dismantling existing parts of the deck railing, then attaching cedar posts directly to the deck. The finished product looks great from all angles and turns your deck into a cozy getaway.
DIY Fence Topper
To make her dreamy garden feel a little more secluded, @fennyflowergirl attached a fence topper to her existing wood fence. This DIY project is an easy and affordable way to make your outdoor space more private without replacing your whole fence.
DIY Hurdle Fence Panels
Thicker branches form the uprights, with thinner branches woven in between to create a solid fence. Here’s a tip from @mill_workers_cottage: Lay a ladder on its side to hold the vertical branches in place while you weave the horizontal branches.
DIY Lattice Fence
Traditional lattice panels feature a classic diamond pattern, but @lehmanlane aimed for something a little more custom for their backyard lattice fencing. So they made their own with pressure-treated wood.
After leveling the ground and securing the posts, they attached horizontal wood boards every three inches, attaching the boards with a nail gun. Then they did the same with vertical boards. The resulting square-shape lattice looks more modern and will only improve as their hydrangea vine grows.