Last Updated on August 8, 2020
The approach of Spring and Summer are our favorite times to think about sprucing up the backyard. It’s finally warm enough to spend evenings outdoors. And what better way to do it than gathering around a blazing fire?
We’ve gathered 25 free fire pit plans you can DIY today to help your campfire dreams become a reality. There’s a fire pit in here for everyone – from stylish looks, to strong and rugged, or even indoor and fireless! Plus, almost all of these can be completed in a weekend.
Go on and get outside. Build a thing. Burn some stuff. Be safe and have fun!
Simple and sturdy, this paving stone fire pit from Home Road would be a perfect weekend project. Attractive enough to make a lovely centerpiece in your yard, but also designed with functionality in mind. Whether cooking or lounging, you’ll be set.
Materials: Paving stone (Nicolock recommended for circular build), Cement or non-combustible adhesive, Weed barrier and pea gravel (if desired), Landscape edging (to hold section off gravel)
Tools Needed: Shovel, Hammer, Level, Mixing container and stirrer for cement, Wheelbarrow (for gravel)
For the DIYer who wants a fun challenge and a huge payoff, take a look at the hanging fire pit on Instructables. A glance will tell you that this is not a beginner friendly build. However, if you have access to a woodshop it could be the coolest thing you’ve ever done for your yard!
Materials: 6″x6″x10′ pressure treated boards, 6″x6″x8′ pressure treated boards, 2’x6″x8′ pressure treated lumber, 1/2×8″ galvanized lag bolts, ½ ” galvanized washers, 4″ deck screws, 3″ deck screws, 2″x2″x8′ white pine boards, 50-60lb bags of concrete, Paver base for drainage, 4’ steel re-bar, Stain or water seal, The fire pit itself (material of your choice), Landscape adhesive, Pea gravel and/or topsoil, Swings, Galvanized steel eye bolts OR 7” swing hangers with locking washers & nuts
Tools Needed: A-frame ladders, Miter saw (12” sliding compound recommended), Post hole digger, Shovel, Sledgehammer, Post level, Line level, Box beam level (6’ or longer), Tape measure, Layout string, Speed square, Pencil, Marking paint, Mixing container for concrete (plastic recommended), Cordless drill and bits, 12” bit, 1 1/4 countersink bit, #8 pilot bit, Socket and socket wrench, Paint brush, Router and round-over bit (optional), Sander (optional), 2-person auger with 8-10” bit, Gloves and goggles
For a totally tool-less approach to a safe fire in your yard, we love Fine Craft Guild’s DIY eco-friendly outdoor fireplace. Besides being creative and cozy, it features environmentally friendly fuel. These charcoal briquettes are often cheaper than firewood! This build is not very functional though, so stick to just warming your hands… or marshmallows.
Materials: Large container (metal, ceramic, glass), Inflammable filling material (river stones, recycled glass, etc.), Granulated charcoal briquettes or bio-fuel (like Instafire or Ecofuel)
Tools Needed: Lighter
Don’t have a lot of backyard to work with? No sweat. This sleek and space efficient wooden fire pit on Instructables could be perfect for gathering round on a patio. For a slightly cheaper version, pick up some mild steel sheet metal from the hardware store. To avoid rust over time, however, find a seller for 0.105” stainless steel.
Materials: Table or circular saw, Bandsaw or jigsaw, Japanese flush saw, Drill (drill press recommended), Bits: 1½” Forstner bit, 1¼” Forstner bit, countersink bit, Doweling jig, Chisel, Mallet, Clamps, Jigsaw with fine teeth and metal blade, Hand drill and ¼” metal drill bit.
Tools Needed: 2X10 hardwood boards, Dowels: 1 ½”, 1¼” dowel, ¼” joining dowels, Stainless steel sheet (34″X32″ total), Fireplace curtain screens, 1″X ½” corner bead, ¼” diameter machine screws ¼” long, and nuts
A creative builder on Instructables made this DIY fire pit from an old washing machine and mattress frame. You can upcycle your own old appliances, or even snag materials from the dump for extra thrifting points!
Materials: Washing machine, Metal bed frame, High Heat spray paint in white & black, Two 3′ x 3/16″ steel rod, Two 3′ x 1.25″ flat bars
Tools Needed: Angle grinder, Wire welder
For style, function, AND economy of space we love this fire pit table on Instructables. It’s mysterious and magical looking in the dark. Plus, if you already have a garden table you can bring new life to it and save on material costs.
Materials: Metal garden table, Small fire pit, Propane tank, Black paint
Tools Needed: Tape measure, Sawhorse, Metal cutting tools, grinder, cutoff tool, Dremel, Jig Saw, Sawzall, or good old hand tools, Grinder or sander, Welding tool for copper pipe, and one for just joining metals, Safety glasses, gloves, ear protection
This fire pit set right into the ground on Instructables has loads of rustic charm. The stone is both ruggedly beautiful and helpful for radiating warmth. These plans are also the least tool-heavy build we found – a great choice for beginners!
Materials: Cement (see the plans for detailed mix recipe), Stone, Rebar
Tools Needed: Shovel, Mixing container and stirrer for cement
This one is a decorative fire is a fun project made with kids and clumsy pets in mind. Check out this DIY flameless fire pit from Bldg25 to bring that sweet & cozy atmosphere indoors. Many of the materials can even be found in your backyard, making it an ideal craft for children.
Materials: Lace strips, Tree branches, Rocks, Aluminum foil, Washable school glue or fabric stiffener, String lights
Tools Needed: Paintbrush, Scissors
For a sleek look and extra safety features, we think this personal fire pit from Instructables is a winner. The glass around the flame provides less intense direct heat without giving up that warm glow. That barrier also means you need to worry about stray scarves and children less around this open flame.
Materials: Planter, Glass panes, Grating, Rocks, Gel fireplace fuel, Marine silicone sealant, Tin can
Tools Needed: Hacksaw. Dremel, Bench grinder, Razor blade
This super affordable DIY fire pit by Renew Redo is one of the quickest and easiest on our list. Heck, you might even be able to pull it together with the current contents of your garage! The low cost means you can make a number of them for a variety of decorating options. Children and pets should be extra careful around these, however, as the metal gets very hot.
Materials: Hacksaw, Dremel, Bench grinder, Razor blade
Tools Needed: Lighter
Nerd out over welding gear and Star Wars at the same time with this TIE Fighter fire pit from Instructables! We gotta say, this is the coolest fire pit we’ve ever seen. Not only does it lend an epic atmosphere, but it’s also incredibly sturdy. The builder recommends a pricey MIG welder, but it may be a worthwhile purchase for seasoned crafters.
Materials: Propane tank, Rebar, Sheet metal
Tools Needed: Welder, Angle grinder with cutoff wheels, Hammer, Welding safety gear
Go all out and make your fire pit the centerpiece of the outdoor living space. This masonry fire pit on Instructables isn’t just beautiful – it’s built to last. Our favorite choice for full functional, aesthetically pleasing, and straightforward design.
Materials: 70 sq.ft Arriscraft stone, 6 Eldorado 12×48 mantle, closure bricks, (30) 4″ blocks, 5 bags Type S mortar, 1 bag fireclay, 20 bags Quikrete 5000
Tools Needed: Trowel, Hammer, Shovels, Concrete mixing container and stirrer, Levels
For those wanting something closer to a gas powered space heater, this DIY fire pit coffee table on Instructables might be just right. Easily crafted from wood and metal scraps, the builder made the burner removable so you can swap out your fire with succulents or a zen garden in warmer months.
Materials: 80lbs Quickcrete, 20lbs lava rocks, 2x10s, Angle iron
Tools Needed: Bandsaw, Miter saw, Table saw, Nail gun, Grinder, Welder
Made primarily from concrete, this modern looking fire pit on Man Made DIY is a great project for all skill levels. The builder makes use of many household items, which means the upfront cost of this fire pit is low. Well written and clearly laid out, these plans are also accompanied by informative tips, tricks, and photos.
Materials: Concrete. Large bowl for exterior mold (18” diameter), Large bowl for interior mold (15” diameter), Non-stick cooking spray or oil and brush, Heavy objects (weights, rocks, etc.), Gel fireplace fuel canisters, Grill grate (14½” diameter), Nonflammable rocks, stones, or glass
Tools Needed: Sandpaper, Masonry trowel, Container for mixing concrete and stirrer
Our favorite DIY plans are those that give new life to used items. And this wine barrel fire pit on Instructables does a great job of upcycling AND keeping it simple. A total win-win!
Materials: 29” fire pit from a hardware store, Wine barrel, Wood stain (if desired)
Tools Needed: Belt sander, Sandpaper, Rags
Another excellent option for those without extra yard space is this personal fire pit by the Art of Doing Stuff. It’s sleek and contemporary, takes up minimal space on a patio or porch… and you can make one for under $25! That’s a lot of warmth and style with a teeny price tag. Please note that you should never use tempered glass in projects near flame as it can explode.
Materials: Marine silicone, 4 cheap glass picture frames, Small rocks or glass, Metal mesh/grate, Metal planter with a lip, Gel fuel
Tools Needed: Lighter
As this list shows, you don’t have to craft your fire pit from scratch. This easy fire pit by the Inspired Room used a fire pit kit available at most hardware stores and built a housing out of stone. Once you’ve got the supplies, you could be warming your hands over your very own fire pit in under 20 minutes!
Materials: Fire pit kit, Stones (builder used Allen & Roth Bertram collection)
Tools Needed: Level
For a mod, minimal look on a budget check out this concrete fire pit on Instructables. Simple design and tools, the only time consuming part of this project is waiting for the concrete to cure. And with these plans you build your own mold, so you can easily make your fire pit to custom specifications.
Materials: Concrete, Plywood, Carboard tube (3” diameter)
Tools Needed: Tri square, Pencil, Ruler, File or sandpaper, Band saw, Container for mixing concrete and stirrer, Hot glue gun
Pallets have endless uses in the DIY world. So why not use them for a fire pit too? The unique shape is perfect for this fire pit with built in storage by 99 Pallets. Ceramic tiles are used to keep the structure itself from burning and add some South Western charm. Step by step YouTube guide included!
Materials: Ceramic tiles or concrete, Pallets, Stain (if desired), Wide rimmed steel or metal pot, Nails
Tools Needed: Saw, Hammer
Those looking for a straightforward fire pit that won’t break the bank should see this design on Instructables. Made from common hardware store items like bricks and a galvanized steel ring, this build will take barely any time at all to assemble.
Materials: Galvanized steel ring, Bricks, Stepping stones (if desired)
Tools Needed: Shovel
We love the chic look mixed with practicality of this modern fire pit by Homemade Modern. And style doesn’t have to be expensive if you’ve got access to a woodshop. With the proper tools, the builder’s detailed diagrams & step by step video this could be a fun and rewarding project for any skill level.
Materials: Quikrete 5000, Fire bricks, Mortar, Rebar, Gravel, Lava rock, 2x4s, 2x6s, L brackets, Screws
Tools Needed: Drill. Circular saw, Compound miter saw
Your own tabletop fire pit can be as easy as taking a trip to the hardware store! Check out how Today’s Creative Life uses colorful fire glass, a planter, and burning gel to make a beautiful centerpiece.
Materials: Fire glass or pea gravel, Terracotta flower pot, Sterno clean burning gel (food safe if desired)
Tools Needed: Lighter
Keep your backyard beautification simple and affordable with this cinder block fire pit by Survivopedia. Moving the blocks is the most laborious part, but they facilitate good air flow for your fire and will last a long time in all weather.
Materials: Cinder block caps (fire resistant), Lava rocks, Mortar
Tools Needed: Container for mixing mortar and stirrer
If you’ve got a chainsaw at your disposal, the Swedish torch on Instructables is by far the cheapest and easiest DIY fire pit of all! Designed on simple fire building principles, the Swedish torch is simple to make and even has integrated cook pot support.
Materials: Dry softwood. Tinder
Tools Needed: Chainsaw
Don’t have an outdoor space for a real fire, but want to add some of that cozy ambiance? Then this flameless fire pit on Instructables is the perfect decoration. We love the soft glow made by the light shining through the glass pebbles and the affordable materials. Perfect for Halloween!
Materials: Container of choice, Black chalkboard paint (if desired), Glass gems, LED candles, Double sided tape
Tools Needed: Paintbrush
We want to leave you with a few fire pit maintenance & safety tips:
Be safe and have fun!
Featured image credit: Firepit by Vladvictoria, Pixabay
Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!