I’ve been building fences for years now.

I started by making a wooden gate for our backyard. Then I built a picket fence for our front yard.

And then I made a chain link fence for our back porch.

(Check out some of my favorite DIY wooden gate plans!)

So I went online and found some plans for a DIY fence. I bought the materials and got to work.

After several months of hard work, I had a fence that was sturdy and beautiful. I even added a little privacy screen so that we could enjoy the view without being seen.

(Check out these modern horizontal fence ideas.)

To help you get started planning, building and installing your own DIY fence, check out some of my favorite plans below: 

DIY Fence Plans & Ideas

#1. Wood DIY Fence With Removable Sections

DIY Fence With Removable Sections

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Building your own DIY fence for the backyard is not only cheaper than hiring someone to install it, but it’s also easier to customize to fit your needs.

#2. DIY Temporary Rental Friendly PVC Fence

DIY Temporary Rental Friendly PVC Fence

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You’ll never again have to worry about getting ripped off by a contractor who doesn’t deliver exactly what he promised with this temporary PVC plan. 

#3. Bamboo Fence

Bamboo Fence

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Most people don’t realize that they can save thousands of dollars by building their own backyard fence. In fact, there are some who say that it’s cheaper to build your own fence than hire a professional to install one. Check out this bamboo option- very stylish!

#4. Graveyard Fence

Graveyard Fence

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#5. PVC Fence

PVC Fence

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There are lots of benefits to installing your own DIY fence. Not only will it save you money, but it will give you complete control over what goes where and when.

#6. Backyard Fence Panels

Backyard Fence

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Fences are expensive! They don’t last forever either. So what’s a homeowner to do when they need a new fence? Build their own DIY fence!

#7. Fancy Fence

Fancy Fence

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If you live in a rural area, chances are you have a lot of land to cover. A good DIY fence can save you hundreds of dollars per year.

#8. Pallet Fence

Pallet Fence

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Have you ever wanted to build a fence around your backyard, but didn’t feel confident enough to tackle such a project? Or maybe you just don’t have the time or skills to build a fence. In either case, you might consider building a DIY fence instead.

#9. Piano Key Fence

Mullet Fence

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A DIY fence is a great way to keep your yard safe from intruders and animals. It also helps you save money on design and installation, since you can make them yourself. This particular one is great if you’ve got a pianist in the home!

#10. Natural Bamboo Fencing

Bamboo Fencing

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#11. Spooky Halloween Cemetery Fence

Cemetery Fence

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#12. Wooden Fence and Gate Combination Idea

Build a Wooden Fence and Gate

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A DIY fence can save you time and money, and it’s easier than you think. In fact, you can even build a fence without hiring a professional contractor. It’ll provide you extra security- especially if you have kids with pricey toys.

#13. Halloween Cemetery Picket Fence

Halloween Cemetery Fence

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How to make build and install a DIY fence

If you are thinking of installing a fence around your property, here are some tips on how to make a DIY fence:

1. Choose the correct type of wood

When making a fence, you need to choose the right type of wood. The most popular types of wood for walls are cedar, pine, and redwood.

Cedar is a good choice because it is resistant to rotting and decay, while pine is a softwood easy to work with. Redwood is a good choice if you want a fence that will last for a long time.

The type of wood you choose will also affect the cost of your fence. Cedar is very expensive. However, pine and redwood are relatively cheaper than cedar.

2. Decide on the height

When making a DIY fence, the next thing to consider is the height of the fence you want to install. You should place your fence high enough to protect your property, but not too high, making people look like they are incarcerated.

For most fences, three feet would be a good height because it allows for privacy while allowing some sunlight into the yard behind the house.

However, you need to decide what size will work best for your property before installation begins since different types of wood come in various dimensions.

If you find out later that you need an extra height, you will have to buy a new piece of wood or remove the existing one and replace it with a taller fence. However, if you are unsure, 4-6 feet is usually a safe bet for most homes- higher if you’ve got a dog that’s a jumper!

3. Length of the fence

The length of the fence will determine how much materials you need to install your DIY fence. You may want to measure your yard so that you can figure out the exact length.

To save money on materials, consider building an inside corner instead of having two adjacent sides touching each other from end to end.

This way, you won’t waste as many pieces and can still get an excellent result in the future.

The length of your fence will also affect the way it looks at the end. If you want a long wall that stretches from one corner of your yard to another, plan on it being about 10 feet longer than its measured length.

Also, keep in mind that the space between two walls should be twice as long as the wall itself if you want an even and straight look, so add 8 feet extra for every 4-foot-high fence. This will give you a nice even gap all around.

4. What type of post?

The material used to install posts for DIY fences is also essential. You may use wood or metal posts depending on what is available and affordable in your area.

However, whatever type of material you choose should be solid and withstand the weather conditions in your area.

If you choose to use wooden posts, make sure you drill a hole in the post before installing it in the ground. This will help prevent the wood from rotting and keep termites away. You can then use a metal post holder to secure the post in place.

If you choose to use metal posts, make sure they are galvanized or coated with rust-resistant paint to prevent them from rusting.

5. Use supports

When installing your DIY fence, using supports such as metal T-posts or concrete pillars is essential. This will help keep the wall sturdy and upright, especially if there is wind or heavy rain.

Make sure the posts are spaced evenly along the length of the fence and that there is one post at each corner.

The support posts should be installed before the fence is put up. This will help to hold the fence in place while installing it.

If you are using wooden posts, make sure they are treated with a water-resistant sealant or paint to prevent them from rotting.

6. Install the fence

Once you have all your materials, it’s time to start installing your DIY fence. If you are using wooden posts, make sure you drill a hole before installing it in the ground. This will help prevent the wood from rotting and keep termites away.

You can then use a metal post holder to secure the post in place. If you choose to use metal posts, make sure they are galvanized or coated with rust-resistant paint to prevent them from rusting.

If you are using panels, start by installing one post at each yard corner. Then install the panels by snapping them into the post. Ensure the panels are facing in the same direction and that there is a gap of about two inches between each panel.

If you are using a gate, make sure to install it last and leave enough space on either side so that it can open and close quickly.

7. Finishing touches

Once your DIY fence is installed, you may want to add some finishing touches, such as paint or stain. This will help protect the wood from the weather and make your fence look more admirable.

If you choose to paint or stain your fence, make sure you do this before installing the posts and panels. This way, you won’t have to worry about getting paint or stain on the ground or your clothes.

I’ve been building fences for years now, and I’ve learned a ton along the way. This post is about how I got started, and some tips on how to avoid common mistakes.

The fence is an essential part of the house; it helps keep the property secure and adds to the beauty of the home. Many people prefer to use fences made of wood because it is a natural material and can be painted or stained in any color.

Summing Up

Building your fence can be a fun and rewarding project. Not only will you save money, but you will also have the satisfaction of knowing that you made it yourself. By following these simple instructions, you can create a beautiful and durable fence that will last for years.

It is essential to choose the right type of wood when making a fence. You need to determine the height and length of your fence before installing it around your property.

Mark the location of posts using stakes, dig holes, and set them in place before attaching railings and other parts. Use 4×4 lumber along each side of the fence for support and attach boards with galvanized nails or screws.

If you prefer an iron look, use wrought iron instead of wood for your DIY fence. If you want crosses on your fence, paint it using chalkboard paint. Finally, if these techniques are not enough, you can use a decorative adhesive vinyl sheet to decorate your fence with exciting patterns.