Many areas of the country use metal fence posts for wood fences, to provide a strong, long lasting post that stands up to wind and sun rot. The only problem with that solution is that they are just plain ugly. Here at TGG, we have a great yard and garden, but we couldn’t stand to look out of the window each day at those ugly metal fence posts! So if you have this problem, here is the cure. In this DIY project, we’ll be covering those metal fence posts with wood. Basically making our own fence post covers I guess you would say! A super easy but effective idea.


Supplies For Making Metal Fence Post Covers

  • Wood fence boards, tall enough to cover to the top of your metal fence posts, and at least twice as wide. We used 5 ½ foot tall, six inch wide cedar fence boards.
  • Screw Eyes, we used #212
  • Flexible wire, we used 18 gauge
  • Tape measure or yard stick
  • Pencil

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Covering Metal Fence Posts With Wood (How To)

Step One:

We are going to be creating a wire loop on the back of the wooden board, to hang over the top of the metal fence posts, which will in turn cover the metal posts with the wood. The purpose of this is to hide those ugly posts. I suggest you read through our whole tutorial, and check out the photos, and it will all become clear on how simple it is! Here is an example of what the wire loop will look like when finished, to help you wrap your head around what we’re up to.

fence post garden project

Hold your wood board in front of your metal post, and determine how close to the ground you would like it to hang. Make sure it covers the top of the ugly metal fence posts. The loop will hang off of the top bracket or fence line. Measure 2 ½ inches below the spot where the wire will hang off of. Might help to have an extra hand to hold the board in place as you mark the measurements.

fence post garden project

Step Two:

Now lay out all you boards, and assembly line style, mark all your boards at that same measurement, and one inch in on both sides of the board. This is where you will insert the screw eyes. Make sure you don’t screw them so far that you poke thru the front (exposed) side of the fence board.

fence post garden project

Step Three:

Cut a 15 inch long piece of wire for each board. We used the wire cutter that came on the package of our wire, but you should be able to use scissors with this gauge pretty easily. Slip through one screw hook, bend off about 1 ½ inches and wrap it tight.

fence post garden project

Step Four:

Hold the board in place, and wrap the wire around the top of the metal fence post and through the other screw eye. Bend to mark, then remove the board from the post. (This is to make it easier to wind the wire). Insert the free end of the wire back through the screw eye to the bend point you marked, then twist the wire closed. You now have your wire loop.

fence post garden project

fence post garden project

Step Five:

Hang the wire loop over the top of the fence post. You can unwind the wire from one screw eye and tighten it or loosen it if you need to adjust.

fence post garden project

Repeat for all the metal fence posts! If your wood boards jut too far above the top of the fence and it bothers you, feel free to trim the boards down. Just be sure to trim them all down to the same height. This likely won’t be a problem for most of us, as fence boards are pretty standard in most parts of the country. So just look at the difference!

—- BEFORE —-

fence post garden project

—- AFTER —-

fence post garden project

If you live in a windy or stormy area, you can repeat the process on the lower end of the board as well and secure the bottom in the same way.

Great cure for those ugly posts, and it’s an easy and inexpensive DIY garden project. Our total?

  • 10 cedar fence boards $17
  • 3 packs of screw eyes $3.50
  • 1 package 18 gauge wire $3.50

Grand total for our entire fence line, $24!

We hoped you enjoyed learning how to cover metal fence posts with wood.  What kind of camouflage projects are you facing in your yard or garden? Comment and let us know! Be sure and check out our post on Easy DIY Fences – How To Build A Fence and we think you might be interested in How To Hide Outdoor Eyesores on our sister site OhMeOhMy!

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  1. Mary February 5, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Did you do it on all 3 sides of the posts?

    1. Kathy Woodard February 7, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      No, we did it only on the front facing of the post, though you definitely could do that! I actually would slightly tilt the boards on the posts farther away so they covered the metal from the patio vantage point. Hope that helps!

  2. Sandy February 5, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Thanks for sharing, I have never seen metal chain link post used this way. How are the metal post anchored on the bottom? Are they in concrete? Thanks, Sandy

    1. Kathy Woodard February 7, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      Our neighbor had these built, but yes, they are anchored in concrete!

  3. Ken July 30, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    Why bother put the posts on the neighbors side, who said spending all that cash they need to be on your side.

    1. Mary July 4, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      Most local codes for installing a fence require that the post side is exposed on the installer’s/owner’s side . Midwest USA

  4. Ann Kingston July 10, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    What a great idea!!! ? Now, I’m wondering about using one of those spray paints that sticks to all surfaces??? We used green spray paint on our old deck chairs, even painting the webbing and all. Our 4 chairs are now on their 3rd. year and still look very nice. Of course you would need to put some paper or something behind the poles so you wouldn’t paint the fence too! ?
    We live in a part of Texas, near Oklahoma, that is called “Tornado Alley” , so I was looking for a cure that would not blow away too easily. Full grown trees have been uprooted, branches torn off, and so on. After a big storm, when the skies were clear, we saw a big branch from our neighbor’s tree fall right onto the windshield of his truck!? (Just to give you an idea of the severity of some of our storms!!!)
    Now that I have rambled on, I think I will try this paint idea. ? I’ll let you know how it works. (Of course it will still look like a pole…) ?

  5. Nancy Dionne April 5, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    This is a wonderful idea! We are redoing our wooden fence with steel poles set in a cement foundation to keep our dog from digging out. Yours looks wonderful, did you do it yourself? Can you tell me the dimensions of the cement foundation, depth and width? Thanks for your help!

    1. Kathy Woodard April 11, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      Unfortunately it was our neighbor who did the cement foundations, we just did the cover up cure with the fence boards! It does keep most grasses from growing under too!

  6. Tommy Morgan February 3, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Where do you find 6″ cedar pickets at $1.70 each? Here in central Texas they are more than $3.00 each.

    1. Kathy Woodard February 4, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      We are in Washington state…

  7. betty February 3, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Great job! Can you tell me what was used to edge the flower garden next to the fence and whether it was a DIY job. Thanks, Betty

    1. Kathy Woodard February 4, 2016 at 4:44 pm

      That is cement curbing, and no, we hired that out!

  8. karen May 2, 2015 at 8:40 am

    My husband is currently taking our chain-link poles down (just below ground level) with a grinder. It’s fast.

  9. Brandie Donophan March 30, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Do you find that the metal fence posts are sturdy enough for a wooden fence? We have a chain link fence and are trying to go to wood using the existing posts. Any thoughts?

    1. Kathy Woodard April 10, 2015 at 8:31 am

      In our area, because of high winds, they only do wood fences with metal posts, and they hold up pretty well… Occasionally we have to re attach a wood board after a particularly bad windstorm, but the metal posts never move…

  10. Karen H November 1, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    The view from my kitchen window is depressing, I find it hard to concentrate on my garden because of the ugly silver fence posts. Thanks for this DIY solution. I can hardly wait to try it. Seems so easy!!!

    1. Kathy Woodard November 19, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      We love ours!

  11. Kathy Woodard June 24, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Thx Cathy! Have to give this one to my wonderful fiance… he figured this one out after listening to me complain about how much I HATED those ugly posts! Lucky we work together here at TGG, huh? :)

  12. Cathy Bluthardt June 13, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    OMG you are so creative…..


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