6 Decorated Chain Link Fences

By: Diy maven May 25, 2011

created at: 05/25/2011

Chain link fences have their place in the world. Whether they surround a vacant lot, a junk yard or a private residence, their jobs are to keep people and critters out. Or in. Utilitarian, yes. Pretty, not so much. If you have a useful chain link fence that needs a bit of beautification, check out these six specimens:  The juxtaposition of the industrial and feminine makes this lace installation quite striking. (Via)

Artist Katie Daniels did this installation by 'embroidering' in NYC last year. She used plastic fence weave, spools, lids and cable ties. 


cobalt123 snapped this pic of a chain-link fence tarted up with CDs. Bet it keeps the crows at bay too.

These little 'floating'  hearts are woven within the links with yarn.

This large installation, called The Flower Garden Fence project, was done by the Ladies Fancywork Society. The crocheted flowers add a bit of life to the Downtown Denver Union Station neighborhood. 

Jessica turned her chain link fence into an urban garden using plastic bottles. You can read more about her project here. 

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We have honeysuckle growing all over ours.. and I didn't even have to plant it! We live in woods and it just invited itself to the 24x20 chain link dog yard. I'm thinking of hanging little crafting gems and jewels all over it from Walmart/hobby lobby, whenever I see them on sale.


The first fence is a lace-fence, Bobbinlace, used in a fence :-) A Dutch designer made it .....  http://lacefence.com/NL/index.php

We planted Virginia Creeper at the bottom of our huge ugly chain link fence. I was suprised how quickly it grew! The bonus is the beautiful red leaves in the fall!

plant morning glories as early as possible in the Spring right under your fence, year after year you will get a thick wall of green leaves great for privacy and lovely flowers in the mornings too. Needs to be trimmed every few weeks as they can get out of hand if left alone for long . . .

I wonder how they did the lace work on the first fence? Beautiful! Interesting ideas!

Thanks for this post. I'd hate cities a lot less if fences looked like these!

Nikki, you are quite the gardener!! And that citrus is a lovely camouflage. 


citrus espaliered


sorry can't share the picture with you, as the picture loader does not appear to be working :( here is a link to my flicker page with the -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/62898083@N05/sets/72157626855525456/

we have similar fencing in our backyard... we went for a decorative espelier of citrus against a wired on bamboo fan...

espalier citrus to hide ugly galvanised wire fence


great ideas for ugly fencing. love the embroidered work in particular :)

Here's a few images of SlippyOink's DIY decorative fence:

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Nice work!



Great idea. Very original to decorate those ugly chain fences.

Oh and yelena, there are solar powered string lights but they're inordinately expensive and usually only 10-15 bulbs long. At almost $4 a bulb, that's an expensive backyard project!

Chrisjob - I don't have any right now but I'll take some in the next few days (when I'm actually home at a time when the light is right!) and send them to you soon!

@Slippyoink - Do you have any photos? We'd love to share that here. Email me at tips [at] curbly.com

Another option might be to plant Boston Ivy next to the fence and let it climb all over it. I know if I had a chain link fence, I'd lobby for that option hard. It'd be a my 'faux' hedge. ;)

I really like slippyoink's idea. I wonder if there are any solar-powered options for string lights? Our entire yard is fenced in with the ugly chainlink fence and I'd love to prettify at least some of it. I might borrow Jessica's idea as well and plant some herbs and greens too. 

We draped Christmas lights all over ours and then planted a bunch of different colors of morning glories around it. It took a few months for everything to take, but it looks great now. Colorful flowers in the morning, hidden and earthy lighting at night.

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