Does the need to sit around a fire outside go back to our days as cave-dwellers? Probably, but we have way better stuff to roast over the fire now, and beer to drink with it. Just like our pre-historic ancestors (except with access to hardware stores, and power tools, and computers), you can make your own DIY backyard fire ring with these tutorials on how to build a DIY fire pit.
If you've ever tried to make s'mores in the microwave, I don't have to tell you that sometimes there's no substitute for real fire. For safety reasons, a lot of areas require that fires be contained in structures (check your local laws), so if you want regular access to fresh s'mores, you might need a backyard fire pit. You can buy a pre-made one, or you can use these many tutorials for how to build a fire pit, and save yourself some serious cash.
DIY Fire Pit Ideas to Try This Weekend
1. Fire Pit from Concrete Tree Rings - This economical design is easy to put together, and you can take it with you if you move.
2. Stone Fire Pit - A beautiful stone fire pit design that would be appropriate for many house styles.
3. Fire Pit Table - This one requires some backyard metal-working skills, but there's no time like the present to learn to weld, right?
4. Stone Fire Pit - Another beautiful version of a natural stone fire pit.
5. Two-Tone Fire Pit - This stylish DIY fire ring was made for the low, low price of ONLY $80!
6. Polished Concrete Fire Pit Table - Don't have room for both a table and a fire ring? Combine the two with this DIY fire pit table.
7. Cinder Block Fire Pit - Use cinder blocks and cement mix to create an economical square stone fire pit.
8. Concrete Fire Pit - This sleek, modern DIY fire pit is entirely cast from concrete.
9. Fire Pit Coffee Table - Keep warm by burning a little bit of gas in this wood and concrete coffee table DIY fire pit.
10. Welded Fire Pit - This steel DIY fire pit is simple and modern.
12. Halloween Jack O'Lantern Fire Pit - Halloween is coming up sooner than you expect, and this unique pumpkin fire pit would be a cool way to decorate.
13. Steel Fire Pit - Another one that requires welding, but the results sure are stunning.
14. Afternoon Fire Pit - This simple stone fire pit can be built in an afternoon.
15. Fire Pit Table Top - Once you've built a fire pit, you might want to add a top so that you can use it as a table when it's not hosting a fire.
More DIY Backyard Fire Pit Designs
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16. DIY Modern Concrete Fire Pit - Chris, Curbly's own editor-in-chief, came up with this great DIY concrete fire pit design using about $40 in materials.
17. DIY Concrete and Stone Fire Pit - Inexpensive to make, and can be done in just one day!
18. DIY Concrete Fire Pit Bowl - A slightly different take on #16.
19. Modern DIY Steel Fire Pit - Got some welding skills?
20. DIY Block Fire Pit and Seating Area - You gotta sit on something around that fire!
21. DIY Concrete and Metal Fire Pit - This one doesn't have step-by-step photos, but it's good inspiration!
22. Modern Upcycled Washing Machine Drum Fire Pit - Can you believe this used to be a washing machine drum??
23. DIY Square Stone Fire Pit - A simple square DIY fire pit that can be built in an afternoon.
24. Sleek DIY Outdoor Fire Feature - If you want outdoor fire but don't have a ton of space, consider making a personal fire feature like this one.
25. DIY Fire Pit and Conversation Area - How sweet is this little outdoor seating area?
26. DIY Upcycled Washing Machine Drum Fire Pit - Another washing machine drum fire pit, proving it can be done!
27. DIY Brick and Paver Fire Pit - How slick is this in-ground fire pit?
28. DIY Propane-Fueled Fire Pit - This one is a bit more intense, but if you're interested in building a wood-free fire pit, this is the tutorial for you.
29. DIY Steel Fire Pit - Cool and compact.
30. Fire Pit in Four Steps - First time fire pit builder? Here's how to make this one in four easy steps.
31. Skim-Coated Cinder Block Fire Pit - Would you have guessed that this fire pit was initially made out of cinder blocks? Learn how to skim-coat to create this clean look.
Now that you have lots of ideas for how to build a fire pit, are you ready to create your own DIY fire pit this weekend? This could be the summer of backyard s'mores and wiener roasts!