Are you thinking about adding a fire pit to your backyard? Check out these 22 great DIY fire pit ideas that will add a cozy entertaining space to your backyard for family and friends.
No outdoor living space is complete without a fire pit. Fire pits are a great place to gather with family and friends. You’ll feel especially proud of your DIY fire pit when you make it yourself.
What type of stone can you use to build a DIY fire pit?
- Concrete Blocks: Concrete blocks are a popular choice for building fire pits due to their durability and affordability. They are available in various sizes and shapes, making them versatile for creating different designs and styles.
- Natural Stone: Natural stone, such as limestone, granite, or sandstone, can add a timeless and natural look to your fire pit. These stones are known for their durability and can withstand high temperatures, making them ideal for a fire pit that will be exposed to heat.
- Fieldstone: Fieldstone is irregularly shaped stones that are often found in nature and can be used to create a rustic and charming fire pit. They can be stacked in a dry-laid pattern without mortar for a natural and organic look.
- Pavers: Pavers are commonly used for building patios, but they can also be used to create a fire pit. They come in various colors, shapes, and textures, allowing you to create a custom fire pit design that matches your outdoor space. This is what we used for our DIY fire pit in our backyard makeover.
- River Rocks: River rocks are smooth, round stones that can be used to create a unique and eye-catching fire pit. They can be arranged in a circular pattern or used as a decorative element around the fire pit for a natural and relaxed vibe.
- Flagstone: Flagstone is a type of sedimentary rock that is flat and thin, making it ideal for creating a fire pit. It can be arranged in a circular or square pattern to create a sleek and modern look.
- Brick: Brick is a classic and timeless option for building a fire pit. It can be used to create a traditional or contemporary design, and the reddish color of brick can add warmth and charm to your outdoor space.
- Lava Rock: Lava rock is a porous and lightweight stone that is perfect for creating a fire pit. It can be used as a filler or a decorative element, and its unique texture and color can add a distinct look to your fire pit.
Where is the best place to build a DIY fire pit?
The best place to build your fire pit is at least 10-25 feet away from structures and trees. Keep your fire pit away from overhanging branches.
Can you build your fire pit on grass?
Technically you could, but it isn’t recommended. You should dig the grass out of the area where you are going to place your DIY fire pit, then fill the bottom with sand to discourage the grass from regrowing.
What fuel can you use in your outdoor fire pit?
The most common fuel for a fire pit is wood, but you can also have a fire pit that uses propane or natural gas.
Ready to build your own DIY fire pit? Check out these 22 DIY fire pit ideas to inspire you to add one to your outdoor living space.
DIY Fire Pit Ideas
This circular fire pit is easy to make using a metal fire ring and then building your stone pavers around it. It's the perfect project for your outdoor living space.
Determine your fire pit location on a newly constructed patio, then build the paver patio around it. This will give your round fire pit a built-in look. Attach the stones together using outdoor construction adhesive and fill your hollow paver stones with paver sand to keep them from shifting.
DIY Smokeless Fire Pit
The worst thing about a fire pit is the smoke, don't you agree? DIY your own smokeless fire pit for your backyard with these step-by-step instructions.
This project is a bit more extensive than most DIY fire pit projects, but it will make a great addition to your backyard and your crackling fire won't produce smoke to annoy your neighbors!
Backyard DIY Fire Pit in a Weekend
When adding a fire feature to your backyard, you want it to be the focal point for your family gatherings. This backyard fire pit idea will have you wanting to spend all your time in your outdoor space.
Who wouldn't want to hang out in this space on cold nights? The fire pit is made using a fire pit kit and the surrounding seating area is filled with pea gravel to create a fire pit area you will love to use.
Mini Tabletop Fire Pit
How fun is this portable fire pit?! When you don't have a place for an in-ground fire pit, this will still make family time outdoors special.
This small fire pit idea is perfect for a small space and is made using a ceramic planter and gel fuel cans. Fire it up for roasting marshmallows and making s'mores, your kids will love you for this one!
Make Your Own Fire Pit in 4 Easy Steps!
An outdoor fire pit is one of those outdoor DIY projects that doesn't have to be hard. A metal ring, layers of stone, and pea gravel are all you really need to make your own.
The most labor-intensive part of this simple fire pit is digging out the space for it. Once you have that done it's easygoing after that. Doing this project yourself is an easy way to add a unique look to your own backyard.
Above Ground Backyard Fire Pit
A pre-made fire pit you purchase from Home Depot or your local hardware store is a great way to add a fire pit to your outdoor living space without all the manual labor involved in DIYing your own.
You can use propane tanks as the fire source allowing you to create a cozy fire pit using lava rocks or river rocks. Customize it for a unique look using tile and grout.
DIY Patio Fire Pit Table
I love this repurposing idea to build your own small fire pit table. This project is great for any skill level from beginner to advanced. The coffee table itself is built with inexpensive materials and you can use your old grill to create your fire pit bowl.
This inexpensive fire pit is perfect for small spaces, patios, or decks. It's great for making s'mores or just having a nice fire while sitting outside on cool evenings.
DIY Backyard Fire Pit
When using natural stone to make your stone fire pit, you may not like the shape of the stones. You can buy them in a kit premade to fit together without gaps, or you can cut your own.
Use a masonry blade and your circular saw to get the trapezoid shape needed to create a perfectly round fire pit. Once your fire pit is put together fill it with lava rocks or river rocks and you're ready to enjoy your outdoor space.
DIY Concrete Coffee Table with Fire Pit
Embrace the sleek elegance of modern designs with this stunning DIY outdoor fire pit. Crafted from durable concrete and accented with rich cedar, it features clean lines and a minimalist aesthetic that will elevate your outdoor space.
The concrete top doubles as the fire pit that can also be used as a beverage holder, while the cedar base adds warmth and natural beauty. Perfect for contemporary outdoor entertaining, this fire pit is ideal for gathering around with friends and family on cool evenings.
DIY Sunken Fire Pit
Imagine a cozy oasis in your backyard, where you can gather with loved ones and enjoy the warmth of a crackling fire. This DIY sunken fire pit area is the perfect addition to your outdoor space. Surrounded by brick walls with flagstone steps that create a sunken seating area, this fire pit exudes a charm that complements the natural beauty of your surroundings.
Adirondack chairs, with their iconic design and comfortable seating, provide the perfect spot to relax and unwind by the fire. Whether it's roasting marshmallows or sharing stories, this sunken fire pit area creates a welcoming ambiance for memorable gatherings under the stars.
Square Fire Pit for $50
Transform your backyard into a cozy retreat for $50 with this DIY square fire pit made using paver bricks. The clean lines and geometric shape of the square design add a contemporary touch to your outdoor space.
The paver bricks in different shapes, with their natural colors and textures, create a rustic look that complements any landscape. The square fire pit offers ample space for gathering around with friends and family, creating memories, and enjoying the warmth of a crackling fire.
DIY Fire Pit Coffee Table
Turn your fire pit into a coffee table when you don't have a fire by building your own wooden fire pit top. This great idea turns your fire pit into a functional piece of furniture for your outdoor living space.
Built from 1x6 cedar planks and stained to withstand the outdoors, this is a great option for large family gatherings outdoors.
Concrete Paver Fire Pit in Under an Hour
Looking for easy DIY fire pits? This one fits the bill. Repurpose pavers from other areas in your yard to make this simple DIY firepit. This is one of those cheap fire pit ideas that is eco-friendly and will be free for you to make.
Alternate the pavers to create your fire pit shape. You can use construction adhesive if you want, but if you think you will move it again at some you don't need to as the pavers are solid and heavy and will stay in place.
DIY Fire Pit with Seating
Fill up open spaces in your backyard with your fire pit and seating area. A new fire pit will give you a great place to gather, roast hot dogs or marshmallows and create family memories.
This simple DIY fire pit is made using large rocks to form the fire pit circle, then smaller crushed rock in the center for your fire. Adirondack chairs complete the cozy vibe of this DIY outdoor space.
DIY Retaining Wall Blocks Fire Pit
Create your own DIY fire pit using retaining wall blocks and capstones for a custom fire pit that looks like a professional built it.
Choosing the location of your fire pit is key to building the permanent structure of the fire pit. Heat-resistant spray paint was used on the inside of the fire pit to reduce cracking of the blocks.
This sleek and contemporary fire pit is crafted entirely from concrete, creating a stunning focal point for any outdoor space. With its minimalist design and smooth, clean lines, this fire pit is the perfect addition to elevate your backyard entertainment area.
Save $$$$ by DIYing this modern fire pit that will cost about $500 to make yourself!
DIY Rustic Fire Pit
This DIY outdoor fire pit brings a touch of rustic charm to your backyard. Built with natural stone pavers and edging stones, it features a circular design with space left between the bottom row of pavers to allow cool air to circulate to cut down on the smoke.
The surrounding area is filled with rustic seating and tree stumps, to create a warm and inviting atmosphere for gatherings with family and friends.
DIY Fire Pit Area
You have your fire pit in the ideal spot, so now what? You are less likely to use it if doesn't include a nice seating area to enjoy the cozy fire on cool evenings.
It's time to create the fire pit seating area you have dreamed of. It's simple to do using stone pavers and river rocks to designate the gathering spot around the fire pit. You'll use it all the time now that you have somewhere to sit other than on the grass.
Garden Fire Pit
Jazz up your relaxing seating area in the corner of your yard or garden with a DIY fire pit. Mark the center of your seating area and start building that fire pit using your choice of brick or pavers.
Once it's done you'll wonder why you waited so long to take on this fun weekend project.
DIY Fire Pit Bench Seating
No fire pit area is complete without seating to sit by the fire and enjoy it. The modern rustic design of these fire pit benches will have you heading to your local home improvement store to make your own.
The cinder blocks are turned to show the smooth side for a modern look and the cedar wood for the benches warms up the look. I love that some of them have backs and some don't so as not to block the view.
Hardscape Benches and Fire Pit
This fire pit seating area is made using stone kits that take the guesswork out of how to lay out your custom fire pit and surrounding area.
4x4s are situated inside the stone planters for seating and I think they look so cool! Those seats aren't going anywhere encased in that stone. The whole fire pit area is cohesive and inviting.
DIY Stone Fire Pit
Relax around your own DIY fire pit in the middle of the yard with this easy fire pit idea. Made using stone pavers it's a perfect circle for the fire pit ring to sit on top.
Fill the bottom with lava rock and you're ready to build a fire! Great for cool fall evenings snuggled up in a throw in your favorite Adirondack chair, you may never want to leave.
Which of these DIY fire pit ideas is your favorite?