We have an old fence in our backyard that I have been meaning to decorate in some form or fashion. I mean, it’s a nice enough fence but it’s just so boring, which is what prompted me to begin looking for creative ways to decorate it. What I found were 30 amazing decorating ideas for that fence and yours, as well. From homemade flowers out of paint can lids to vertical gardens, there is a way to decorate any fence that you may have and make it the focal point of your backyard – and not in a bad way.
I love outdoor decorating and really adore many of these project ideas. I know my kids would have loved an outdoor chalkboard on the fence when they were younger and upcycling rain boots into planters? That’s such a creative and amazing idea! I adore my upcycling projects and really love when I can upcycle something to create something beautiful. There are even ways in here to use tires to make planters – that hang on the fence! Oh, and if you have several old tires in your yard and you want ideas on what to do with them, be sure to check out these 20 ways to repurpose those old tires.
If you love working in the garden or creating a haven in your backyard, this is definitely the collection that you want to see. There is an idea in here to suit every fence, every home and every personality. From whimsical to elegant, you’ll definitely find a way to improve the look of your old fence with one of these projects. And, if you’re working in the backyard anyway, be sure to take a look at these 30 DIY garden decorations that add whimsical charm to your backyard. You can incorporate many of these along with your new fence decorations to really spruce up that lawn.
So, if you’ve always wanted to dress up your backyard fence, this is definitely the project collection for you. You’ll find so many ways to improve the look of your lawn and I can’t wait to hear all about it!
1. DIY Outdoor Chalkboard
What better way to dress up a boring fence than to create a chalkboard on it? Your kids will love it and you’ll love them getting outside to play on sunny days. This is a wonderfully inexpensive way to add a bit of decoration to your fence and keep your kids busy – not to mention happy – at the same time.
2. Vertical Succulent Garden
Turn any boring old fence into a work of art when you plant a vertical succulent garden. Succulents are so easy to care for and planting them is a cinch. A few old pallets or boards left over from other DIY projects give you all you need to make the planters. Just hang them on your fence and then plant whatever succulents you want to create a beautiful green landscaping effect.
3. Upcycled Coffee Table Fence Décor
Give your fence a little boost in decoration and add a place for plants as well when you convert an old coffee table into a fence shelf. You only need half of the table, so if you have a coffee table that’s intact, you could make two of these. Just cut your table in half and then secure each half to your fence – use it to display garden decorations or potted plants.
4. Outdoor Garden Curtain Lights
Clear Christmas lights will instantly dress up that fence. This is a wonderful way to add some décor to your backyard and give yourself some wonderful lighting for those nights out on the patio. Just cover your entire fence with lights – and you can use those curtain lights for bushes to make the job a bit easier.
5. DIY Painted Metal Art
You can find metal art at most flea markets and thrift stores and it comes in all shapes and sizes. Turn that metal art into the perfect fence décor with just a little spray paint. Whether you want flowers, butterflies or anything else adorning your fence, just choose what you want and then spray paint it whatever color you need to match your outdoor décor.
6. Easy DIY Fence Butterflies
Butterflies are always a good choice in outdoor decorating both indoors and out. They will instantly dress up that boring old fence and give you a wonderful view from your backdoor. You can make your own butterflies from any number of materials or take a look at these beautiful ones that I found on Etsy. They’re crafted from metal and come in a variety of sizes starting at less than $40.
7. Upcycled Table Leg Dragonflies
I love dragonflies and I really adore these DIY versions that are made from old table legs. If you don’t have a few legs on hand to use, you can find them really cheap at most thrift stores. They use ceiling fan blades as wings and they are just completely adorable. Paint or stain them if you want or leave them plain for a really great rustic look.
8. Colorful Bag Planters
Turn old purses, totes and lunch bags into beautiful planters for your fence. Line the bags with plastic to keep soil from staining the fabric and then hang them on your metal or wooden fence with their handles. You can also just slip them over your fence posts. Add your flowers and greenery and you have a beautifully colored display that will instantly bring life to that old fence.
9. Upcycled Junk Garden Fence
Any junk can be turned into amazing things when you have a bit of imagination. This is really a trash to treasure project that simply entails taking old items, painting them and then hanging them on your fence to create a gorgeously colored display. I love the use of old chairs hanging on the fence as planters and the words are created with things that were broken or otherwise unusable.
10. DIY Magic Marble Fence
Those old fence holes are horrible, aren’t they? You certainly don’t want a bunch of holes in your fence. If you have them, you can fill them in with marbles and give your fence a really magical look. If your fence doesn’t have holes but you still love this look, just drill a few small holes into the wood and then secure your marbles in place.
11. Repurposed Croc Planters
Those old Crocs that you never wear anymore or that the kids have outgrown will make beautiful planters for your fence. Instead of throwing them out, use them to dress up your fence and give yourself loads of room for planting. The holes in the sides offer great drainage for water and you could have a pair for everyone in the family. If you don’t have any old Crocs on hand, you can get cheap versions at thrift stores or the Dollar Store.
12. Upcycled Rain Boot Flower Pots
You can also turn those colorful old rain boots into beautiful flower pots that will hang on your fence. You don’t even have to have matching pairs. Just fill up the ones that you have with potting soil and add your plants of choice. You can find really cheap worn out rain boots at most Goodwill and other thrift stores if you don’t have any on hand.
13. Repurposed Mirror Fence Décor
You can turn old mirrors into beautiful fence décor – or old windows that you add mirrored panes to. This is a wonderful idea for those of you who have relatively small backyards and want to give the impression of more space. Mirrors instantly make a space seem larger and this is such an easy project – and one that you can do with all salvaged materials.
14. Monogrammed Fence Décor
If you can’t decide what to do on that fence or you just really want something simple, this monogram is perfect. It’s metal and completely customizable. I found this on Etsy and you can get whatever letter you want on it and it comes in a number of colors and sizes. You could do this yourself if you know how to weld metal but it’s much easier just to grab this version on Etsy – you can get it for around $30 depending on the size that you want.
15. Painted Terra Cotta Plant Hangers
You can find all sorts of things to hang terra cotta plants on your fence. If you want to really dress it up, paint them different colors and make them really colorful. Then your fence will come alive with all the plants that you put in. This is also a great project for those broken or chipped pots. Hang them so that the broken side is one the back and you won’t have to throw them out.