Last Updated on October 31, 2021 by Phil
Looking for fire pit ideas?
Below are some great DIY and non-DIY options that you can use to spruce up your backyard.
Not only does a fire pit increase the coziness factor of your yard, it also lets you, your family and friends sit back, talk and relax after a long day.
See which ones you like best.
This fire barrel works as a tabletop fire pit while adding a little Western flair to you your backyard or patio.
It’s made from oak which makes it sturdy. And, runs on propane so lighting it up and turning it off is convenient. Plus, you don’t have to do all the cleaning up after.
Tabletop Bowl Fire Pit
If you prefer to make your own table top fire pit, this is a great DIY choice.
It comes with an amazingly easy to follow tutorial which lets you shape and mold the bowl into whatever you want.
I love the elegant look of the fire glass that covers the lava rocks.
The best part about it is that It’s so pretty I’m sure that your guests won’t believe that you made it yourself.
Concrete Fire Pit
If you have a little more space in your backyard, this setup allows you and your guests to sit, talk and relax even on colder nights outdoors.
It’s simple yet classy design makes it stand out. And, adds an point of emphasis on any section of your backyard that may be blank.
Pallet Fire Pit
If you’re up for a summer backyard or gardening project, this is a great one you can enjoy with the kids.
It takes a little bit of carpentry knowledge to pull off. But, once you get the hang of hammering in nails and measuring the corners so they fit, you’re good to go.
Interestingly enough, the bowl itself is the easiest part of the project.
Nevertheless, this is one worthy DIY fire pit for the backyard.
DIY Concrete Firepit
This is a DIY concrete fire pit you can make in one weekend. Better yet, it’s super cheap to make.
At $60, you’re set with all the equipment including the concrete pavers that create the entire pit.
Once you’re done setting up the borders, don’t forget to add the floor.
You can likewise decorate it or add extras if you want a more elaborate look.
Cast Iron Fire Pit Bowl
This wok-like fire bowl reminds me a lot of what they light up in the Olympics.
What I love about it is that along with its elegant looks, it burns on wood. This makes it as authentic as you get.
The bowl is about 31 inches in diameter, so it’s not that big. I do like that it’s sturdy yet not too heavy as well. This makes it easy enough to move if you want to.
DIY Tabletop Fire Pit
Should you prefer something smaller on a table top, you’ll love this elegant piece.
I can’t stop admiring the glass setup especially how it looks as the sun sets.
I’ll admit, this is one of the most elegant looking fire pits I’ve seen. And, the best things about it is that you don’t need a lot of space in your yard or garden to set it up.
Plus, it’s an easy DIY project.
What’s better than that.
DIY Rolled Steel Fire Pit
If you’ve got some welding chops, this is another DIY backyard project you can make.
It’s fairly simple as long as you know your way around a welder.
That’s because the pit itself is fairly basic. It’s constructed withe rolled steel sheets against metal rods on the corners.
Plus, no digging’s involved because it’s above-ground.
If you want the glass tabletop fire bowl above but prefer not to do it the DIY way, you can get it here.
It costs just over $40 which makes it super affordable.
Of course, there’s the classy finish along with the cylindrical base design.
This is a lovely centerpiece if you have a table in the backyard where everyone likes to sit around.
DIY Tractor Wheel Fire Pit
Have extra tractor rims you don’t need anymore? If you do, this is a great DIY project you can try.
It takes a little more work that some of the other concrete block fire pits. But, you do get extra reinforcement thanks to the tractor rims.
Once you’re done, you can decide to spruce it up a little or leave it as is for a little more rugged look. It all depends on what you’re going for.
DIY In Ground Brick Fire Pit
So far, the fire pit ideas in our list have been above ground.
Here’s one that’s in-ground. And, you can do it yourself too.
Of course, you’ll need to do a little digging.
But, we all know that’s part of the fun, especially for the kids. Don’t worry though, you only need to dig 12 inches down.
From there, you get to decide the design and structure of the fire it. Although the original instruction calls for a circle, you can always customize it for your own needs.
Steel Cauldron Fire Pit
If you want a rustic centerpiece in your backyard, this can be it.
This is a sizable cauldron that’s almost 3 feet in diameter.
The size gives you a lot of place for firewood and a good sized fire. This works really well if you have a big family or like entertaining.
The solid steel exterior also makes it impossible for guests to miss.
DIY Tree Ring Fire Pit
In case you want to do a DIY without having to do a lot of the heavy construction yourself, this is what I recommend.
It makes use of tree rings you can buy so you don’t have to go through the hassle of shaping concrete blocks yourself.
Plus, it gives you a more refined look as well.
For the fire bowl itself, you’ll be using one of the cheaper Weber charcoal grill bowls. You can likewise use other grill brands. But I do like the build of Weber’s. They’re much more reliable for the long-term.
Because most of the parts are bought made, much of your job is assembly. This cuts down the work.
But, still gives you enough DIY for a day or two.
Stone Fire Pit
This is a beach-style fire pit that I love.
Of course, a lot of the look involves the chairs and their specific design.
That said, you can likewise just go with the fire pit and the surrounding stones and rocks. Then, choose which kind of furniture matches you backyard.
DIY Block Fire Pit
If you have a little bit of experience with laying concrete, this firepit can double as a BBQ as well.
Of course, you can roast marshmallows as well instead.
In any case, this does require a little more skill. But, you don’t need a lot of experience to pull it off.
Propane Fire Bowl
I love this fire bowl because of it’s unique design.
It’s not a fire pit per se. Nor, does it have an open fire.
Both reasons probably make it much safer if you have a lot of kids running around a lot.
This gives you peace of mind that no accidents will happen while everybody’s enjoying their time outdoors at night.
Belgian Fire Pit
This Belgian fire ring is another idea that gives your backyard a unique look.
I’ll bet none of your neighbors will have anything like it.
Make no mistake this is a big one!
It’s 55 inches wide. That’s a little over 4.5 feet.
So, it’s going to be the primary focus on your backyard.
DIY Stacked Stones
If you aren’t a fan of the more simple concrete block fire pits, you may want to check this out.
This uses stacked stones which gives it a more outdoorsy look.
But what I love most is the texture that the stacking gives it.
It makes it look so much more refined and complex compared to the concrete blocks.
The look itself is sure to impress any guest, especially after you tell them you did it yourself.
Grated Circular Fire Pit
For elegance and simplicity rolled into one, this is my choice.
It’s not overly huge at 30 inches in diameter. And, the lattice design makes it stand out compared to other similar circular fire pits.
Best of all, it costs just over $20. That’s a deal in my book.
DIY In Ground Concrete Fire Pit
This requires a little more work to pull off. But, you’ll be patting yourself on the back when you’re done.
By far one of my favorites.
And that’s not only because of how beautiful it looks. But, also because you did everything yourself.
There’s always that extra sense of satisfaction when you’ve completed something that looks awesome!
Don’t you agree?
Campfire Fire Pit
Just in case you want something similar but don’t have the time to DIY one yourself, try this on for size.
This campfire fire pit gives you the same amazing look. But, with a few modifications.
It does use a propane heat source. So, you don’t get the authentic wood burning feel.
But, there’s also less smoke and less cleaning up to do later.
Simple DIY Fire Pit
If you enjoy creating your own in ground fire pit, this is as simple as they come.
It doesn’t have the fancy designs some of the others on our list does. Yet, it gives you that authentic DIY feel.
This makes it go well with many home gardens and backyards.
Having a lovely fire pit lets you enjoy the outdoor sky better at night.
It provides heat and light, two things that everyone needs to have a good time when the sun goes down outside.
The ideas above are great ways you can add an extra feature to your backyard while increasing its fun and functionality.
Which one is your favorite? Let me know below.
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