If you have kids or pets to keep in, (or out!) or just want some privacy from the neighbors, building DIY fences is a great way to save money in your landscaping. We have a round up of some great easy DIY fences for you, but also a couple of tips to keep in mind…

  • Always call your local utility company and have them come out and mark your lines BEFORE you dig. Nothing will stop a DIY fence project faster than hitting a utility line. Not to mention, they could charge you for the damage. Don’t DIY the utility marking!
  • Make sure you are willing to be flexible with supplies. For instance, a tutorial may suggest one type of wood that is common in their part of the country, but expensive in yours. Ask your home improvement store for suggestions.
  • A fence doesn’t have to be just utilitarian. It can be an attractive part of your landscape.
  • Remember safety when using power tools!!!

Ok, on to your DIY fences and ideas!


DIY Fences


DIY Fences

How to Build a Fence

A great place to start with all the basics of DIY fences is ‘Buildipedia‘. Learn how to build a wood privacy fence from their very complete tutorial, including a video.

DIY Fences


DIY Picket Fence

Are your DIY fence dreams more of the white picket variety? No problem, ‘Yahoo‘ has the how-to’s for you on how to build a picket fence. Can’t you just see the climbing roses now?



DIY Privacy Fence

We love this privacy fence from Jeremy Levine Design. A combination of corrugated metal and wood. Unfortunately there is not a tutorial. That’s ok though, look forward at the next tutorial to solve that!



How to Build a  Fence from Corrugated Metal

So ‘Crafty Texas Girl‘ prettied up the fence she had with a little industrial flair… Learn how to build a fence with corrugated metal!



Make Your DIY Fence Pretty!

C.R.A.F.T.‘ has another take on dressing up a fence, DIY style… making a marble fence! I love what this looks like with the sun shining through!



DIY Wood Fence

Love, love LOVE this modern fence idea by ‘The Cavender Diary‘! Lots and lots of photos for this DIY wood fence project, so be sure you check out their awesomeness.



How to Build a Fence From Bamboo

Want an Asian feel to your yard or garden? Install this bamboo fencing with this tutorial by ‘DIY Network‘… BTW, you can do a similar look with rolled bamboo fencing bought from Home Depot for less cost.



How to Cover Fence Posts

Check out this great DIY fence idea with tutorial from ‘Home-Dzine‘. They show us how to make wood post sleeves to transform an ugly chain link fence.

DIY Fences


Also check out our own post on how to hide ugly metal fence posts that we used in our own yard!


DIY Pallet Fences

Recyclart‘ has a great idea for adding art to the garden, while recycling old pallets! Find out all about their patio pallet DIY fence!



Finally, if you want to know how to build a fence from pallet wood that is quick, easy and recycled, try this basic plan from ‘Horse and Hound‘. The pallets fit right over the fence posts! When you go to this site, scroll down a little to find the post for the fence, and the instructions…


So try these DIY fences and make your dream yard one step closer to being exactly what you want! Now jump right on over to our posts on DIY Patio Privacy Ideas or go check out Fresh & Colorful Front Door Decor over at OhMeOhMy, to make the rest of your homes’ exterior stand out! Pin to save these ideas for later!


This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure for more info.


  1. Jimmy October 19, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    Thank you for the really informative post!

  2. MM September 29, 2019 at 8:19 am

    I live in a home which is 160 years old and have found, what I think might be original to the property, some iron fencing. I would like to use this fencing in an area which previously had anchor fencing installed. The posts from that anchor fence still exist and appear to be in good shape and affixed firmly into the ground. Will installing a rot-resistant sleeve (with space in the middle for the galvanized existing post) be sufficiently strong enough to hang the iron fencing and one small 3 ft gate?

  3. Willie Wasson August 3, 2019 at 1:18 am

    It’s great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same out of date rehashed material.

  4. linda May 15, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    wondering where to get free wood and metal to build a privacy fence Any ideas? I live in south jersey and want to build a unique fence

    1. Pamelama June 7, 2018 at 9:11 am

      Craigslist.org always seems to have posts from people giving away pallets and their old fence pickets/panels. Just look under the For Sale section and choose Free Stuff as the subcategory. Our neighbor fenced in his whole yard with free weathered wood fence panels and it looks great! Good luck!

  5. Sarah Jones May 1, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    I love the idea of using my existing chain link post. Would I put a aluminum plate at the bottom to prevent the post covers from rot tending?

    1. Kathy Woodard June 21, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      We haven’t had any issue with this, they are cedar so they are pretty rot resistant.

      1. Scott Borchardt October 12, 2018 at 1:42 pm

        I’m also a fan of a wood sleeve over the fence post. Tho I would like to put the hinge of a gate on it. so how might I keep the wood from rotating as the gate opens?

  6. Amy May 20, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    How was the fence built pictured at the top of this page (wood and corrugated metal)?

    1. Kathy Woodard May 21, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      Sorry Amy, it wasn’t our project, but you can follow the link and contact the blogger who did do this!

  7. Lisa Montana March 16, 2015 at 8:57 am

    I saw a great multicolored privacy panel on pinterest from you and cant seem to find the dyi project on thegardenglove website


Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.