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

DIY Gorgeous Garden Gates

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

This DIY garden gate and trellis were made from old salvaged pallet wood from Michelle at ‘Blue Roof Cabin‘. So charming! Look for the link to the gate only instructions in the second paragraph.

Rustic pallet wood gate

Want another DIY garden gate made from old pallet wood? Learn how to build this gate from Donna at ‘Funky Junk‘. Pretty awesome, right? Don’t you just want to go inside and have some lemonade?

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

Want to have a gorgeous gate like this one? Then jump on over to ‘Mother Earth News‘ and learn how to build a rustic gate with branches. Photo by ‘Country Living‘.

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‘.

DIY Gorgeous Garden 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 PergolasDIY 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!

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  1. elen.skorohod1990 June 21, 2019 at 5:54 am

    I love this woodworking book from stodoys website. A few of the topics talked about in the book include woodworking strategies, explanation on the development cycles of trees, and various lumber characteristics that craftsmen favor. I also provided my father another copy.

  2. Ila Varma December 20, 2017 at 1:56 am

    Loved the ideas of DIY wooden gates and would love to try one for my home and give a new look. The branches and the moon gate appealed to me the most. Thanks for wonderful ideas.


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