You’ve decided your outdoor space needs some sprucing up — what better way to add style and warmth than with a backyard fire pit!
From timeless pavers to modern fire tables, there are plenty of options out there for do-it-yourself fire pits, which can make choosing just one difficult. But don’t stress! We’ve compiled a list of our favorites to make your project a little easier.
Learn what a backyard fire pit can bring to your outdoor space (hint: it’s about more than just good looks!) and choose the perfect DIY option for your family by following our guide below.
The Benefits Of A Backyard Fire Pit
They Increase Your Home’s Value
When done right, backyard fire pits can really increase your home’s resale value. Not only do they look great, but they also add functionality to your outdoor space and can instantly make your home look professionally landscaped.
For even more DIY tips on adding value to your home through landscaping, check out our dedicated blog post here!
They Help Create Zones In Your Backyard
Outdoor spaces, particularly large ones, look sophisticated and perfectly styled when they’re split into different zones.
Separating your outdoor dining area from your outdoor seating area, for example, is easy to achieve with the help of some simple tricks, including adding a backyard fire pit.
By adding a tasteful rug, timeless modular outdoor furniture — like our Teak Outdoor Sofa with Armless Chairs or our Wicker Outdoor U Sectional — and your new fire pit, your outdoor seating zone will become a place you can’t wait to spend long summer afternoons.
They Look Great
If you’re looking for a stylish, timeless addition to spruce up your outdoor space, a fire pit is just the ticket.
By adding a fire pit to your backyard, you create a warm, inviting ambiance that your guests will love and your neighbors will want to replicate!
Fire pits never go out of style (cavemen loved them, after all!), so you won’t find yourself wanting to remove it a few years down the road. This is one backyard addition that truly stands the test of time.
They Encourage Time Outdoors
Backyard fire pits are about so much more than just looking great — they encourage you and your family to switch “off” from technology and enjoy spending time together outdoors.
Whether it’s chatting after a day of work or school, hanging out with some card games during the summer, or indulging in a little backyard camping, fire pits provide the perfect backdrop for quality time together, right in your own backyard!
They Offer Cooking Benefits, Too!
The biggest advantage of adding a fire pit to your backyard? The cooking, of course. Think of all the things you can make over a fire pit — pizza nights, summer cookouts, and s’mores galore. We can hardly wait!
8 DIY Backyard Fire Pit Ideas
1) Classic Paver Fire Pit
To start our list of DIY backyard fire pits, we can’t skip the classic look of pavers.
This common fire pit style is easy to assemble and incredibly hard-wearing. If you’re on the hunt for a fire pit that will remain a permanent fixture in your outdoor space for years to come, this might be the one for you.
It’s also simple to add cooking grills and other equipment on top to make outdoor cooking a breeze. We’re ready to fire up some hotdogs just looking at this one!
2) Modern Fire Table
Fire tables are the ultimate backyard fire pit option for those who love to entertain. Modern and stylish, they offer functionality and warmth wrapped up into one neat package.
A fire table is essentially a table with a strip of fire across the top, usually hidden within decorative pebbles or glass beads.
This eliminates the need for a coffee table since you can use the edge of the fire table to hold your drinks and snacks — genius!
For this project, you’ll need to do some cutting, sawing, assembling, and possibly sanding. While it might be a little more time-consuming to put together in comparison to a classic fire pit, the time and effort it takes to create your fire table will be well worth it.
3) In-Ground Fire Pit
If you’re looking for a discreet fire pit option that won’t take up too much space in your backyard, an in-ground fire pit is the way to go.
This fire pit option is often considered safer than a traditional above-ground fire pit because it’s smaller and can contain flames better. However, there is a risk of children or pets stepping into the fire, so be careful of that.
In-ground fire pits are also super sleek and add an interesting focal point in your backyard seating area.
They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles, so you’re bound to find the perfect in-ground one to suit your needs, or you can create your own with pavers, concrete blocks, or patio stones.
4) Metal Drum Fire Pit
We’re big fans of recycling and sustainability here at Outer, so it’s no surprise that we love the idea of taking a metal drum and making it into an eye-catching backyard fire pit.
Out of all the DIY fire pits, this might just be the easiest to build and can be set up in minutes. We’ve seen old washing machine drums turned into the most stunning fire pits with just some spray paint, and even that step is optional!
This fire pit option will allow you to get creative and build your own unique centerpiece for your backyard, so it’s perfect for those handymen and women looking for a quick DIY project.
5) Concrete Fire Pit
Creating a solid concrete fire pit that will stand the test of time isn’t as difficult as it might seem.
Just like a brick or paver fire pit, the concrete option offers a classic look with optimum functionality, and it’s likely the first thought that comes to mind when you picture a backyard fire pit.
By creating a temporary wooden frame and pouring your concrete in, you can have a simple fire pit ready to go within just 24 hours! Add a metal bowl with some decorative pebbles and you’re ready to enjoy your durable fire pit for years to come.
6) Tabletop Fire Pit
Looking for a not-so-permanent backyard fire pit that still looks stylish and provides warmth? This mini tabletop fire pit is the DIY project for you!
Made from simple, easy-to-find materials including a metal planter, glass frames, and run-of-the-mill pebbles, tabletop fire pits are surprisingly easy to assemble.
The main advantage of a tabletop fire pit option is that it’s easily transportable from one area of your backyard to another. Use it as a centerpiece for your coffee table one day and a functional fire for roasting marshmallows the next!
7) Unique Teardrop Fire Pit
If you’re searching for a backyard fire pit design that’s a little more unique and decorative, why not create your own teardrop-shaped fire pit?
This option is essentially a round, above-ground fire pit with a back on one side, usually made from stacked bricks. It’s perfect for protection against wind and makes a great choice if you want to have your fire pit close to an exterior wall.
The ultimate drawcard with this style of fire pit is that it’s functional with a twist — it’s not your typical backyard fire pit, but it’s as simple to assemble as your classic brick or stone option.
8) Simple Cinder Block Fire Pit
Those cinder blocks you have lying around make the perfect base for your new backyard fire pit! And even if you don’t have any on hand, they’re easy to find at your local hardware store.
Cinder block fire pits are another easy-to-assemble option for those just getting their feet wet in the world of DIY projects. With some simple cinder blocks (or other large bricks of your choice), you can stack and create your own fire pit in no time at all — no concrete required.
This is also a great option if you find yourself in need of a fire pit in a hurry, like in the event of a s’mores emergency or a major craving for homemade pizza!
Enjoy Your Outdoor Space
No matter which DIY backyard fire pit you choose to bring new life to your outdoor space, you’ll make new treasured memories with your friends and family for many years to come — there’s truly nothing better.
And however you slice it, Outer and backyard fire pits are simply a match made in heaven!
Whether you create a tabletop fire pit to set on our Teak Outdoor Coffee Table with Concrete Inlay or pair a classic concrete fire pit with our Teak Outdoor Sofa with Armless Chairs, your backyard will be the talk of the neighborhood for all the right reasons.