8 DIY Fire Pit Ideas to Keep Your Outdoor Space Cozy This Fall

published Oct 17, 2023
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Warm summer days (and nights!) might be long gone, but that doesn’t mean you need to stop spending time outside on your porch, patio, or balcony. With a few smart DIY upgrades, you can easily extend your outdoor gatherings well into fall. One such upgrade is a DIY fire pit.

Fire pits make chilly nights outdoors much more bearable, and it’s hard to beat the ambiance of crackling flames. While you can buy a ready-made fire pit, the DIY route gives you freedom to design your own piece to fit your exact specs (and tastes!). It’s usually pretty budget-friendly, too, as the most common materials (stone, concrete, metal) are readily available and relatively affordable. Best yet, you can easily start and finish your fire pit over a single weekend. Ready to add a DIY fire pit to your outdoor space? Check out these eight clever ideas.

Concrete Paver Fire Pit

This fire pit from A Beautiful Mess is made using curved concrete pavers, which you can buy in a range of colors for only a few bucks each. You’ll need to do a little digging to level your yard before placing the pavers, which you can fit with or without a metal fire pit ring. Find the full how-to here.

Red Brick Fire Pit

A platform of red bricks provides a perfect foundation for a metal fire pit frame. You don’t need many to get the look shown here, which uses bricks to line the base of the fire pit and then again to ring the outside of it. See the rest of the home here.

Sleek Tiled Fire Pit

Adding a tiled surround is the perfect way to customize a fire pit so that it matches your home’s style. This version, from Love Create Celebrate, uses sleek black subway tile to give a rustic fire pit a more modern look. Get the instructions here.

Multi-Level Fire Pit

This fire pit, part of a full backyard makeover, makes a huge statement, thanks to its multi-part construction. Three metal rings in three different heights are joined together here, then surrounded by stone to create the artful display. Read more about the makeover here.

Tabletop Fire Pit

Even if you don’t have room for a three-ring fire pit, you can still get all the same toasty feelings. This tabletop fire bowl from In My Own Style is made with concrete, then fitted with fuel and a wick. Find the instructions here.

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Square Fire Pit

You don’t have to stick to circles for your fire pit. Use rectangular pavers to build out a square fire pit for a more modern take, as shown in this backyard makeover.

Stone Fire Pit

To create a more rustic look, try using natural stone. This fire pit from Average But Inspired is built using rough-cut flagstone laid in a circular shape, but you can use any stone that suits your tastes. Get the instructions here.

Minimalist Metal Fire Pit

If you want something that looks ultra-modern, skip the stone altogether and just go for a metal frame. This one, in a sleek square shape and a warm copper color, pops against its white gravel background. Learn more about the project here.