6 Decorated Chain Link Fences

6 Decorated Chain Link Fences

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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Mag on Feb 24, 2018:

PS I wove the fronds horizontally, and did not need to thread through every opening. Understand that with this weaving, both sides of the fence were covered. A pair of pruning shears and something to sit on were the only other things necessary.

Mag on Feb 24, 2018:

If you live where there are palm fronds that are cut from existing palms, get to them before they are hauled away, and weave them through the fence, even going over the top, to obscure the fence.

I did this at a fine old home, one of the last remaining pre-massive redevelopment, that I was renting in Sarasota, FL. With the chain link fence, the large amount of broke glass, and other detritus that made this wonderful house the object of vandalism, the weaving of the fronds through the fence, in large part, brought too much attention to the home, and it was sold within months, even though long-term realtors and residents of the area had never before "seen" it. (Sorry about that. It pained me so to have to leave, and to tear out the improvements before I vacated).

Bottom line - the fronds dried hard, and could have been easily replaced as there was plenty of free material. The look was far better - elegant, even, than anything shown here, because all the fencing was obscured.

Laura S. on Feb 15, 2015:

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.

Anonymous on Apr 11, 2014:

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!

Marilyn S. on Apr 11, 2014:

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 . . .

Bonnie on May 19, 2012:

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

Vakuoli on Apr 06, 2012:

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

DIY Maven on Jun 02, 2011:

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


nikki on Jun 01, 2011:

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/

Nikki Shipard on May 31, 2011:

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


Nikki Shipard on May 31, 2011:

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

Chris Gardner on May 31, 2011:

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

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Nice work!

@juanpablogriva on May 29, 2011:


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

slippyoink on May 26, 2011:

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!

slippyoink on May 26, 2011:

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!

Chris Gardner on May 25, 2011:

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

DIY Maven on May 25, 2011:

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. ;)

Yelena on May 25, 2011:

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. 

slippyoink on May 25, 2011:

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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