I love what a fire pit does for any yard or garden. It brings family and friends together and makes any garden into a warm, welcoming place to let go of the stress of the day. Plus, let’s be honest, it feels like camping, and who doesn’t love that? So here’s an easy DIY fire pit idea with step by step instructions, and its’s a pretty inexpensive project as well. A quick trip to the home improvement store, a little hard work and you could be roasting marshmallows tonight!
Photo below from ‘All Created“
- Stone pavers, bricks, cinder blocks, concrete blocks or landscape blocks
- Sand or gravel
Easy DIY Fire Pit Idea – Instructions
Decide where you want your fire pit blocks to sit, and what dimensions you would like. Make sure you choose a spot at least 25 feet away from structures or overhanging trees. An average outdoor fire pit is from 36-45 inches across and 12 inches high.
Step Two – How to Outline Your Round Fire Pit
Mark the center of the pit, the easiet way is with a stake. Then tie a string half the total diameter you want the finished pit to be. In other words, if your pit will be 36 inches across, make the string 18 inches. Tie the other end of the string to another stake or stick, and pulling the string taut, walk around the stick marking a prefect circle. This is the outline of the DIY fire pit. Or if you choose, use marking spray paint as shown in the photo.
Dig out the entire hole a few inches deep. This is to remove any flammable materials under the pit, and also to give space for the non flammable layer.
Step Four – Bricks or Block Placement
Now start placing the concrete blocks or cinder blocks around the perimeter of the pit. Stack them in the second and third layer as shown, until the blocks or bricks are at least 12 inches tall.
Step Five – Laying The Sand or Gravel Base
Fill the diy fire pit with several inches of sand or gravel to prevent fire embers from burning into the ground. Add another row of stones if necessary to keep the edge of the pit at least 12 inches above the surface of the sand.
And that’s all there is to it! Now pull up some chairs, find some great roasting sticks, and call the neighbors… you have just built your own backyard DIY fire pit! How easy was that?
We hope you enjoyed this project! However, if you still want something even easier and you want to do something a little scaled down, check out our post on DIY Table Top Fire Bowls! You might also be interested in Planter Box Ideas & Projects For Your Patio on our sister site OhMeOhMy or Fireplace Christmas Decor Ideas over at TBD…