Decorating Your Fence can be a FUN and EASY alternative to expensive
DYF Projects and
Nine squares were measured and painted with metallic
craft paints. Wrought iron garden fencing was used for the outer frame. Two wall plaques with the centers removed were nailed to the fence; then two wrought
iron candle holders were placed along the top of the squares so the candles hang near the
A plant bracket with hanging basket was placed near the middle of
the "frame," and two container pots sit on the ground with bouganvillas so they can be trained to climb
through the outside frame. Click on photo for additional instructions.
Project: If you don't want to paint your fence, do what Kathy does: place small hanging
pots directly against the fence with plants (air plants) that don't require a lot of soil, like Rabbit's Foot
Fern; just remember to consider the amount of light hitting the fence because most ferns are shade-loving
plants. Decorative grasses would work well, too and remember that you can use larger pots with sun-loving
flowers that would really make your fence area pop with COLOR! See Kathy's Backyard.
Project: If you like all things fishing then take a look at what
Tim has done with his fence. A
beautiful wood fence, just like Tim's, looks amazing with the artful play of sharks and crabs caught in a
fisherman's net. His "Gone Fishing" theme for the entire backyard is brought to life by placing the
salt-water fish and sea critters at eye-level. Inexpensive art signs can be purchased then given a coat
of varnish or polyurethane to weatherproof them for hanging on the fence. It's obvious Tim knows what a
"spiced-up" view means. After seeing his fence decorated with outdoor metal art and other fishing and
ocean-life, its hard to imagine it bare.
See, Tim's "Gone Fishing"
Idea: Place six trellises on a
fence to create a focal point, then add a low profile redwood planter directly underneath the trellises with dozens
of Sunflowers planted in them. Or choose any vining plants that will climb the trellises; however,
Sunflowers would be perfect for this fence project.
If you live in the colder states, take time during the summer to
stain your fence with a redwood-type stain or even better, paint it a buttery yellow color, or a light slate blue
and place several of these Sunflower trellises along the fence line. When the weather is rainy and gray, your
view from the window will be sunny and bright. More trellises... or click on photo for pricing
information for the Sunflower Trellis.
DYF Idea: The fastest and easiest
way to spice-up a fence is to use decorative wrought iron hanging baskets with
your favorite plants all along the fence. A Southwest or Fiesta themed
backyard easily incorporates wrought iron hanging baskets filled with a variety of cactus plants
that flow downward like a Christmas Cactus or Rat Tail
Cactus. Both are easy to maintain and look really good.
Hanging baskets can be
relatively inexpensive to change-out if maintaining them doesn't fit into your schedule. If the
plant dies-off and it hasn't been transferred to the garden, look
for another one specific to your weather zone and simply replace it. Hanging baskets filled
with bouganvilleas placed along the fence adds so much color and life, you'll wonder why you didn't do it
sooner. It really is easy!
Idea: A simple but dramatic look with a red faux-painted wall with lanterns ramdomly placed. The black scrolled
wrought iron hardware holding the lanterns that gives it a unique and romantic old world charm. This
decorating scheme could easily be incorporated on a small enclosed patio fence.
Find old metal outdoor light fixtures at flea markets or garage
sales. Give them a little sanding, a coat of black matte spray paint, and place them on the fence with candle
votives or tea lights inside glass holders for a soft night glow. Or, make it a centerpeice, painted right in the
middle of the fence, with a black frame surrounding it and then put hooks on each side with hanging baskets on each
end for a one-of-a-kind backyard art piece.