3 Creative Ways To Make An Upcycled Garden Fence

23 March 2015
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Some fencing is put up around your yard for privacy from the neighbors. Other fencing, such as a garden fence, is meant more to provide a border and a touch of visual interest to your yard. While a garden fence still needs to be secured to the ground to prevent it from falling, there is more versatility regarding composition materials. This allows you a great chance to upcycle materials into the garden fence of your dreams.

Here are a few creative ways you can make an upcycled garden fence.

Distressed Wood Shutters

Bi-fold wood shutters can stand up behind your garden much like a paneled room divider separates interior rooms. Choose the size based on how far you want the shutters to stretch behind the garden. Bear in mind that the panels should be bent slightly to show off the architecture and make it easier to secure them to the ground. Shutters with two panels will highlight a small corner garden, while one or two four-paneled shutters can accent a large garden.

Add a touch of shabby chic by purchasing wood shutters and then painting them a distressed white. To create the distressed look, you can apply thin layers of a weatherproof white paint over the shutter. Allow the paint to fully dry and then lightly sand the paint, applying additional pressure randomly as you move, so that it looks like the paint is naturally wearing away.

Wood Pallets

Using recycled wood pallets to build a garden fence will create a traditional looking structure with a touch more interest. Recycled pallets will often have signs of use such as stains or knots in the wood. If you decide to apply a stain to the wood, make sure the stain isn't so dark that it covers up these unique marks.

You could even use hinges to create a bi-fold design with the wood pallets. This design would be a great alternative to shutters if you want something a bit shorter. And if you can find a local business that's giving away palettes, the project might be very cheap to put together.

Tin Panels

This project requires a small bit of craftsmanship on your part. Purchase a variety of old tin roofing that can be cut into squares. Build a wooden support structure for the tin that includes a square frame for each different color of tin. You can then cut the tin into squares and fit them into the squares, alternating colors for a patchwork look.

Make sure you secure the tin well to the frame. You can use a combination of weatherproof adhesive and screws the ensure squares of tin don't go flying off the first time you have a wind storm.

Consider contacting local professionals, such as Gatlin Fence Company.


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