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7 Cheap and Easy DIY Backyard Fire Pit Ideas


Everyone likes to hang out at the house with the best backyard fire pit in the fall. They are often expensive to buy or have installed, but they don't have to be! There are tons of DIY fire pit tutorials that will take you minimal effort and money to bring to life. Plus, with these, your fire pit is guaranteed to be a one-of-a-kind original masterpiece.

Tractor Tire

Fire Pit DIY tutorial

Know any farmers? See if they have an old tractor tire rim lying around and turn it into a fire pit! All that needs to be done is to dig and build a retaining wall around it, and you're done. Read the tutorial.

Glass Tabletop

Glass table top fire pit
The Art of Doing Stuff

This one may not put out as much heat as your typical ground fire pit, but it's stylish and sure to impress. It's also incredibly cheap and easy to build. Your main materials needed are glass panels, silicone and a metal planter. Find the tutorial here.

Concrete Bowl

Concrete Fire Pit diy

This concrete fire pit is just too cool. It looks difficult, and it will take a little bit of prep work, but it costs less than $50, it's durable and it can be made in just a few hours. Get a step-by-step guide on ManMade.


DIY Fire Pit kit
The Inspired Room

Here's a more traditional fire pit if that's what you're looking for. In this tutorial, they used a fire pit kit from a store and then added some extra height to it on their own. Check out the tutorial.

Shopping Cart

Fire Pit shopping cart

This is ... interesting? If you're okay with a flaming shopping cart being in your backyard, maybe this is the way to go. We have to give it points for simplicity and originality. Here's how to make it.

Steel Drum

Fire Pit washing machine

This is completely original and ends up looking really cool once lit up. Made from a stainless steel washing machine drum, this pit only takes a few materials to complete. The tutorial is on Instructables.

Modern Metal

DIY fire pit metal
The Brick House

If you're not afraid of welding, this fire pit turns out wonderfully and is simple, sleek and modern. All you really need are four sheets of hot rolled steel. In a couple easy steps, you'll have an indestructible fire pit that will still look cool when it rusts out. The Brick House teaches you how.

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