Sometimes you don’t want to build a whole “fire pit” adventure in your backyard, but you still want that fire factor. No problem, we found some easy DIY tabletop fire bowls (sometimes called tabletop fire pits) for you that fit perfectly in any garden space! Whether you don’t want to smoke out the neighbors, or you just don’t have the space, fire bowls can be used on the patio any time of year. Fire is an element of nature that is a natural in a garden space, and allows you to enjoy the outdoors long after the sun goes down. Think “campfire” without the firewood hunting! (If you do want to go all out, learn how to build a fire pit and a firewood rack to go with it!)

How To Make A DIY Tabletop Fire Bowl or Fire Pit

Our first photos below show us how to make a tabletop fire bowl from ‘Dunn Lumber‘, They use easy to find gel fuel, and they even have a budget tip for the fuel at the end! All of the supplies needed you can get at most home improvement stores.

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DIY tabletop fire bowl project from ‘Dunn Lumber’.

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Mike from ‘Modern Builds‘ shows us how to make his modern concrete tabletop fire bowl in video! This is a great tutorial for those of us who really need to be walked through a project visually, and honestly I think most of us fall into that category. ;)

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Also from Mike at ‘Modern Builds‘ is this DIY concrete Tiki torch. Also in video, this tutorial was a little different, and we love different!

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Karen at ‘The Art of Doing Stuff‘ made this awesome mini DIY table top fire pit for cheap. She made this for under $25, and we’ve seen similar ones for over $150…

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BHG” made this really simple backyard tabletop fire pit with a galvanized metal bowl, fire glass and gel fuel. Be sure if you use a metal container you remember it can get hot really fast.

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Kim at ‘Today’s Creative Life‘ made this DIY tabletop fire bowl from a flower bowl, gorgeous blue fire glass and gel fuel.

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Now that you have Kim’s flower pot tutorial down, we will wrap up this post on DIY tabletop fire pits with this inspirational photo from ‘Pinterest’. With all you’ve learned about how to make a fire bowl, this terra cotta diy project should be pretty easy! Love the deep black river rock.

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Where to Buy Tabletop Fire Bowls

We often try to include an affordable place to buy items similar to the ones in our DIY posts, for all of us who really want to make it, but know we may never get the time! Here is a really good assortment of fire bowls we found on Wayfair’s website. Check it out. There is a large variety of styles and pricing to choose from. One of our favorites is this “Wave Gel Tabletop Fireplace“. It has great reviews and is very affordable!

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We absolutely love this outdoor tabletop fire bowl. Comes with river stones and 3 cans of gel fuel. Check it out at ‘Wayfair

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If your take on life is a touch more modern, then we like the “Kouba Gel Fuel Tabletop Fireplace“. All three of these use bio-ethanol or gel fuel so you don’t have to worry about propane tanks.

Our budget choice,  is the “Edan Ventless Tabletop Fireplace“. You could use any of these indoors or out, but this one in silver is especially pretty for both! (Don’t leave any of these out in the weather though!)

We hope you loved our post on DIY Tabletop Fire Bowls & Table Top Fire Pits! Jump right on over to our posts on How to Build a Fire Pit and One Day Backyard Ideas and Projects!

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  1. Landscaping Service July 3, 2020 at 4:16 am

    Wow, as a landscaping service, i didn’t even think about something like that. What a great product to produce to sell to my customers. Thank you very much!!

  2. nancy waltrip December 27, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    What concrete is used? I have tried Quikcrete, but it is too rocky.

    1. Kathy Bates May 3, 2021 at 2:25 pm

      If you follow the links provide with each project, the original poster should have info for you on what product they used!

  3. Elvira June 21, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    How I turn it off?

  4. Avriel Taylor February 3, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Wow! I love all the ideas here man. I’ll going to share this one and I want to show this to my friend who love to build fire bowls.

  5. Molly September 24, 2017 at 9:08 am

    My husband is a welder, he says that heat and galvanized metals do not mix. Breathing the fumes can cause nervous system damage.

    1. Bb June 3, 2018 at 8:15 am

      Yes but if you remember in 92 Drs said the pulp in OJ was causing cancer.


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