Warm or cold nights – there’s nothing like cozying up next to a crackling fire. Especially when it happens to be in your very own backyard.
Creating your own fire pit isn’t as difficult (or expensive) as you might think. These simple projects will completely transform your backyard into a welcoming entertainment spot. Take a browse through – you’ll be roasting smores in no time.
These 16 DIY fire pit projects are simple, easy, and fun to do! Plus – the reward is priceless.
Stone, concrete, square, or round – each of these fire pit ideas is amazing.
1. Fire ring with built-in bench.
This stone fire pit looks complicated to construct, but it’s actually quite easy! All you’ll need are some stone bricks and heavy-duty glue or cement. Find the step-by-step instructions on Flickr.
2. A washing drum fire pit.
For just $10 you can upcycle an old washing machine drum into an incredible fire pit for you and your family and friends. Head to House and Fig for the tutorial.
3. Sometimes, less is more.
Keeping It Simple really does keep it simple with this circular fire pit made with concrete pavers.
4. A classy and elegant raised fire pit.
Don’t be intimidated by this beautiful fire pit – it’s surprisingly easy to construct. Just head on over to the DIY Network to find out how.
5. An open-design brick fire pit.
Get creative with the design of your backyard fire pit. This one places vertical bricks with spacing in between which allows the heat of the fire to warm your toes.
6. Teardrop-shaped fire pit.
Round and square fire pits are common – why not switch it up a bit with this beautiful teardrop-shaped focal point? Get the details at Garden Thyme with the Creative Gardener.
7. Large stacked stone fire pit.
Whether you want to have a large bonfire or a small flame, all you really need are some stones. Stack them to whichever size and height you’d like.
8. DIY in-ground fire pit.
Tuff-Guard Hose has put together a great tutorial on how to create this in-ground fire pit on their website.
9. Use an old truck wheel as the fire ring.
What’s great about using a wheel to help form your fire pit, is that it is perfectly round! So, setting stones or bricks around it in a symmetrical fashion is a breeze. View the full instructions on how to build it here.
10. Make your BBQ a centerpiece.
Instructables has a tutorial on how to build your own BBQ fire pit for under $50.
11. Mini tabletop fire pit.
Create your very own personal zen fire pit with just a few simple materials and tools. Head over to The Art of Doing Stuff to find out how.
12. Huge cinder block and stone fire pit.
If you have an ample amount of space in your backyard, why not use it? Tools 2 Tiaras has a great tutorial on how to build this giant fire pit. Perfect for large family gatherings.
13. Square metal fire pit.
Fire pits don’t always have to be made of concrete, stone, or brick – go for a modern twist with black metal instead. The Brick has step-by-step instructions for this easy project.
14. Experiment with different textures.
The great thing about DIY projects is that, well, you’re doing it yourself! Try using different colored bricks, or different shapes, you can even use small stones to fill in open spaces.
15. Steel and stone fire pit.
Steel sheets are another great material for building fire pits and rings. All you will need for this simple project are two steel sheets (one longer than the other) and your choice of stone. Watch the full tutorial at Homestead Economics.
16. Affordable and easy.
Just want a simple place to grill? No problem! Use bricks and a BBQ grill and you’re all set!