Do you plan on starting your own veggie patch this year? Or perhaps you have a beautiful flower garden that you’re super-proud of but can’t keep the critters out? Well, you should really be thinking about ways to fence it all in. I’ve compiled a list of 15 awesome DIY garden fence ideas that anyone can do so you can feel inspired to make your own. After you’ve chosen your design, go get the best nail gun for a fencing project and get building.
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Behind the Scenes
At first glance, this fence is pretty basic. A nice, solid stained black with wide boards that don’t totally obstruct the view beyond it. But if you look closely, you can see the addition of thin chicken wire. This is a great idea if you want a modern, stylish fence but still have to either keep your small pets in or small critters out. Genius and super easy.
Door Number One
You could have a great fence that outlines the perimeter of your home or garden and offers accessibility with a simple swinging gate. Or you could take it one step further and add a cool garden door like this. The simple wooden frame holds a screen so the door doesn’t obstruct anything, a suggestion by Jean W. from BlazeReviews.
Wrought Iron Beauty
Whether you’ve got an elegant old plantation and home in the South or a cute little ranch house in the Pacific Northwest to wrap around, a wrought iron fence is a beautiful option with timeless style. You can choose elaborate styles or go for a more casual straight-forward option, add an expansive gate, or just go simple all around. Whatever you pick is sure to be a gorgeous way to add some protection to the property.
A Touch of Color
This simple garden fence is short and easily constructed with a few lengths of lumber. But the feature to look at is the playful use of color. If you want to add some character to your garden with minimal effort, then pick two or three of your favorite bright colors and have fun painting the fence.
Okay, this idea would only work if you have access to long, thin branches – and not any branch will do. They need to be “green”. That means that they are fairly fresh and easily bent. But if you can get them, use the branches to weave a basket style fence like this. Super cool idea!
Keep Things Private
If you’ve got nosy neighbors or just like your privacy, a beautiful privacy fence is a great solution for keeping that yard secure. Custom-build your own with the help of some DIY or purchase some pre-made from sites like Wayfair or your local hardware store. You can go simple – with just wood or metal sheeting – or get elaborate and create a work of art. Whatever suits your fancy! Just add a nice gate, and you’re all set.
Recycled Timber Fence
If you’ve got offcuts and leftover timber from an old project, don’t toss it out just yet! It doesn’t matter if they’re all different lengths and sizes, because you could easily create something like this. A jagged edge garden fence that almost gives the look of a city horizon.
A Quilted Contender
This massive garden fence resembles the pattern of a quilted stitching with the square layout. And even though it’s large and tall, it doesn’t obstruct the view from inside or outside due to the use of thin chicken wire. As you can probably already tell, chicken wire is a great tool for making a functional garden fence. Just look at how this one protects the garden but still has an element of style.
Step into a New World
These old wooden doors have seen a lifetime of use, but they get a second chance as beautiful, rustic garden gates. So the next time you’re out yard saleing, pay attention for any old doors. They could come in handy.
The Iconic White Picket Fence
If you love decorating your outdoors for the seasons, the iconic white picket fence might be your best pick. These beautiful, simple fences add a touch of simple elegance while giving you a “canvas” for easy decoration and delightful seasonal options. They need a little white paint every so often, but otherwise, they’re fairly low maintenance, as well.
If you’re into vertical gardening at all, you can add in some beautiful fence planters, too, to add growing plants and flowers as natural décor.
Inside & Out
A great way to keep critters out of your garden is to build another garden. I know, it sounds stupid, but a simple flower bed along the outside perimeter of your garden fence can help deter animals from entering or climbing the fence.
Loving the Log Style
Whether or not you have a log-style home, a log fence is a great idea for your garden. It’s simple and easy to make. All you need are some clean logs, a hammer, and some long nails. Even the garden gate is made from logs with an a-frame backing.
A Sanctuary of Sorts
Just check out this garden! Not only is it massive, but the care and thought that went into the surrounding fence is remarkable. Wood planks are used to create the perimeter and are stained a nice golden cedar color. An entire entryway is built to welcome anyone who enters. And the thick metal wire used to keep out critters only surrounds the bottom half so the beautiful view isn’t obstructed.
The Classic Veggie Garden Fence
If you’re growing that garden full of veggies, you may wish to consider a simple, classic fence style – the wooden slat fence. They’re a little rustic in their design, which lends some old-world charm to the gardening space, and adds some protection against larger animals, meandering children, and helps contain things a bit without blocking out light. They’re simple to build, too. You just need a nail gun, post hole digger, and a few other easy-to-acquire tools and supplies.
A Simple Stone Base
The old stone garden fence was kept in place as a newer, bigger one was built on top of it. The effect gives this garden a cool, eclectic style with the uneven footing of the stones and the beefy wooden beams that support the tall structure.
Nowadays, pallets really can be used for everything. From furniture to artwork and even garden fences. This one is a low-built fence to protect the modest vegetable patch, but it works. Even the gate was made from recycled pallets. And why not? The wood is perfectly reusable and works great.
This basic garden fence may appear to be old and rustic, but you can build a brand new one with the same amount of character. Just follow the steps for a simple log-style fence but don’t treat the wood. Let it be and it will turn grey like this. And don’t forget to add the handy chicken wire to keep out those pesky critters.
Get Historical With a Split Rail Fence
I’ve always loved the looks of a split rail, like this historical-style garden fence. If you’re also into all things historical, natural, and rustic, a split rail might be your ideal choice. You use timber or logs, instead of clean-cut boards, and create this sort of “stacked” rail fencing option. It’s perfect for keeping medium animals out of the garden while keeping a clear view.
Lay the Groundwork
So with this garden idea, you just dig out a shallow footprint to set the garden in. Then you outline the perimeter with square posts. This will help create a base for the fence and also secure the vertical posts better. Wrap it in wire and you’re good to go!
Back to Basics
Our penultimate suggestion on this list is the basic structure of slats on the top and bottom with wire in between. No panels, no designs, no fuss. This fence does its job and serves its purpose but you can spruce it up with a nice coat of stain to match your house or personal taste.
The Simple Chain Link Fence
Then again, if you’re really looking for something simple, basic, and inexpensive, there’s always the plain old chain link fence. If it’s high enough, it keeps out deer, kids, dogs, and so much more, while blocking almost zero sunlight, good views, and warm feelings.
Use Your Imagination for a Lovely Garden Touch
Did you enjoy this great list of simple DIY garden fence ideas? With a bit of patience and creativity, anyone really can do any of these. A garden fence is a great way to protect your flowers, veggies, or other plants so if you plan on doing any gardening, consider building a fence to keep it all in. If you liked these or have any of your own to add, please feel free to comment and share below.