Is there anything more iconic in a garden then the gate that leads you inward to the secrets that Mother Nature has inside? Garden gates welcome a visitor in a way no mere pathway can. And yes, they can serve a purpose too. Whether you need to close in a fenced backyard, hide an unattractive side yard space, or just want to add a point of entrance to your garden, you can learn how to build a gate. Try these gorgeous DIY garden gate ideas & projects that prove anyone can make their own!
How to Build a Garden Gate
Check out all these gorgeous DIY garden gates!
Now that you know the basics, take a look at these beautiful and creative garden gate ideas and tutorials we’ve gathered from across the web. I think there’s something here for just about every garden style and woodworking ability.
Whimsical oval portal garden gate
We love this tutorial from Liz at ‘Smart Girls DIY‘. She walks you through the steps on how to attach it to your existing fence, and how to figure all the measurements. I would love this one as a stand alone entrance to my garden!
DIY garden gate with pergola entry
From ‘Two Feet First‘, learn how to build a gate, and add a pergola! Another one that would be an amazing entry point to your backyard.
Easy DIY garden gate
From Scott at ‘Saws on Skates‘, this is one of the easiest DIY garden gates you can make! He made this from a section of picket fence from the home improvement store. Lots of step by step photos. Love the entrance sign on the gate.
Pallet wood garden gate
Rustic pallet wood gate
White fence garden gate
From ‘This Old House’, this freestanding DIY gate would look amazing at the entrance to a front garden as well. The post is no longer up, but we found a similar tutorial by “Homes and Gardens” so you can still tackle this project at home!
White painted pallet wood gate
Diane at ‘Hometalk‘ shared another DIY garden gate idea for a gate made with pallet boards. There is also a find from a 200 year old barn in this project. And we are lovin’ on the color!
Curved and colorful garden gate
Another colorful one, learn how to make a wooden gate DIY from ‘The Inadvertent Farmer‘. We love the curved feature on this garden gate!
Whimsical and rustic tree branch gate
A woodsy garden gate design
Build a gate from twigs and branches with this tutorial from ‘Lowes‘. The cedar frame will make it last, with branches that add charm!
Minimalist modern gate
ant something more modern? Yea, us too! So next try this modern DIY gate from ‘My Mid Century Modern Life‘.
Modern stained wood gate
From ‘BHG Australia‘ is another modern one, learn to build this side garden DIY gate.
Basic garden walkway gate
Need to close off a side yard to keep the pets or kids in? Try this outdoor DIY gate idea from ‘Yellow Brick Home‘.
Storybook garden gate with metal grate
Want a cool story? Go read, “how a girl built a gate” and see how Christy at ‘Confessions of a Serial DIY’er‘ made this happen! Love the metal grate!
Stunning round garden arch entrance
And… saved our fave for last. Have you ever been to a Asian garden where they had a “moon gate”? They have a spiritual significance, and they are stunning. I. Want. One. And I searched for hours trying to find you all a tutorial… and, finally, I did it. From ‘DIY Network‘, watch this video on how to build a pergola moon gate. The use of sandwiched plywood is genius since buying a moon gate can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars. You can find kits if you want a solution somewhere in between. But really, don’t you want a DIY garden gate that looks like this? Photo by ‘Elven Gates‘.
Want more DIY garden projects?
Did you fall in love with these DIY garden gate ideas & projects like we did? We think you might also want to jump on over to our post on DIY Pergolas, DIY floating decks, garden steps and stairs, and DIY patio cover ideas! Or, if your fence project isn’t quite complete because you still have some unsightly fence posts, learn how to cover them up!