Have you ever heard the phrase “good fences make good neighbors”? Regardless of whether or not there is truth to this, we are pretty confident of one thing: and this is that DIY fences make the best fences.
DIY fences, you may ask. Do you mean that it is possible to avoid the expensive undertaking of having a professional fence installed in your yard by making one yourself? The answer to this exciting question is that yes, not only is it possible, but it is much more doable than you may think!
Classic White Picket
Is there anything that encapsulates “the American Dream” more than a lovely, simple, white picket fence? Fans of this tried and true classic will be enthralled to learn that it is a fence type that can be easily made at home. You can see how from Black and Decker!
Bamboo on Chain Link
If you already have a chain link fence in your yard, you may be wondering how you can make the sight of your fence more aesthetically pleasing. One easy way is by covering it with bamboo stalks! This tutorial will show you everything you need to know to get started.
Cinder Block Wall
Sometimes, we don’t necessarily need our fences to look pretty. We just need them to work really, really well! If you can get your hands on some loose cinder blocks, you will likely find that this fence idea from Remodelaholic will not only be easy to do, but will work splendidly!
Shimmering Marble Fence
Okay, so this tutorial is not so much focused on how to help you create an entirely new fence, but we still think it is worth sharing because it is so undeniably gorgeous. This tutorial from Creating Really Awesome Fun Things will show you how to create a gasp-worthy that features gems that will fill you with awe as they shimmer in the light.
We are always so pleasantly surprised with just how many things can be accomplished with wooden pallets! Here is yet another example: it is possible to make a very practical fence completely out of wooden pallets. This video will show you everything you need to know to accomplish it. The best part? The shape of wooden pallets naturally support plants, which means that you can turn your fence into a gorgeous green wall!
Simple Mesh Fence
It’s no secret that folks living in the countryside are going to have different needs than somebody who is living in the suburbs or the city. For example, country dwellers may need to have a very long fence that will not only denote their property but that will also be effective at keeping animals at bay, whether this means keeping them in or out! Learn how to make a perfectly simple mesh fence at Home Fixated.
Vegetable Garden Fence
So far, there has been a lot of talk about fences that are designed to go around your entire yard, but what if you are only looking for a fencing solution for a smaller area? If you grow a vegetable garden in your yard, you are going to want to ensure that you have the vegetables protected from the neighborhood squirrels, bunnies, and possums. Find out the details of how to make the perfect fence for your vegetable garden over at Oh Everything Handmade.
DIY Privacy Fence
A privacy fence is useful for anyone with relatively nearby neighbors. Even more, some municipalities may require that anyone with a pool install a privacy fence. However, privacy fences can be a very expensive project for a contractor. With a bit of skill, you can go about making a privacy fence on your own, as seen over at Lowe’s.
DIY Horse Fence
A horse fence is a unique kind of fence that is designed to be strong enough to keep horses contained in one space. However, they also have other specific requirements, such as being designed to be highly visible to horses so that they will not harm themselves by accidentally running into the fence! Modern Farmer can show you how to build your own horse fence for a fraction of the cost of a professional one.
DIY Goat Fence
While we’re on the topic of horse fences, let’s not forget about goats, too. While horses may be a relatively calm species that like to stay in one place naturally, goats are known for having quite the sense of wanderlust. You can keep them contained by relying on this homemade goat fence that comes courtesy of Swampy Acres Farm.
Hog Wire Privacy Fence
This is another kind of privacy fence that makes use of hog wire to provide a decorative finish to the top. If you are unfamiliar with hog wire, it is basically a type of durable mesh material. You can follow along to this video if you would like to build a hog wire privacy fence.
This selection might not be technically DIY — but what’s the shame in having a little help if you are going to be taking on a project as complicated as making your own fence? Plus, assembling your own prefab fence will still leave you feeling like you have accomplished something on your own. Find out how to properly install prefab fences over at the Home Depot.
Horizontal Slatted Fence
This fence has got to be one of our favorites on this list —it looks like something straight out of an architectural magazine! Although it comes from a site known as Vintage Revivals, we can’t help but note that this fence has a very modern vibe, which we are big fans of. It’s the perfect fence for a city rooftop patio.
Sometimes we just want our fences to look a little bit different! You can certainly achieve a different look by using panels in a lattice material to put up a fence. Not only does this pattern look wonderful, but it also provides a certain sense of privacy thanks to its woven nature. Find out how from PrettyHandyGirl.com.
Fence Door Made of Bottles
This fence example from Pinterest may not be a practical choice for an entire fence, but it makes such a gorgeous door area that it is worth sharing on here! It is so creative to take a material such as recycled bottles and use it to make something that is as beautiful and functional as this one-of-a-kind fence door.
Simple No-Fuss Fence
This one is for all of you who landed on this page looking for a simple, multi-purpose fence tutorial that you could easily follow! This tutorial from the Home Depot on how to build a classic, simple fence is worth including on this list as it is very in-depth and will likely achieve what many are looking to accomplish through their DIY fence.
Wood is not the only material that fences can be made from! It is, of course, possible to make a fence out of metal. There are many reasons to do exactly this, too: metal is durable, inexpensive, and relatively easy to work with. This tutorial from Craft Texas Girls will show you how to make a fence accent wall from corrugated metal, although you could certainly apply this method to the entire length of your fence.
Wood and Metal Fence
Here is a DIY fence idea that combines two of the most popular fencing materials: i.e. wood and metal. It even gives you the option to make a fence that is horizontal or vertical. Check it out over at Perimtec. There is no way that anyone would ever be able to guess that this fence wasn’t put together by a professional!
Split Rail Fence
A split rail fence is a type of miniature fence that can add a design to a yard or help denote a boundary. It is most closely associated with the countryside, and can be easily built yourself, as seen here with our very own DIY tutorial.
No matter what your reasoning is for wanting a fence — protection, privacy, design, or bylaw requirement —it is not always necessary to enlist the help of a contractor. Sometimes, it is just as effective and much more economical to build one on your own. Happy fencing!