25 Ways to Dress Up a Fence With Garden Art (2022)

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These garden fence decorations show all sorts of creative ways to dress up your outdoor space. Discover how to turn that bland wall into a work of art.

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I go on local garden tours to gather creative and inexpensive ideas for my garden. Sure, there all all kinds of wonderful but expensive garden art items you can buy these days but my favorites are still the ones that are upcycled, repurposed, and unique. Things that look one-of-a-kind and suit the gardener’s personality.

When we see ideas we like, it’s easy to get fixated, thinking we must have the same thing. But—speaking as much to myself as you—I encourage you to use these ideas as a starting point and let serendipity do its thing.

Explore yard sales and thrift shops and keep an open mind. Let one idea lead to another and when you find items you like, work with them! That’s a sure way to have garden art that is as unique as you are. And that’s how many of the ideas you’ll see here came to be.

If you prefer mail order, Etsy and eBay can also be good sources.

Now let’s explore some ideas.

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1Rustic Stars

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Create your own unique star with reclaimed wood slats, a grape vine wreath,rustic metal star, and a raffia bow.

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2Plates and Dishes

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Have your plates and dishes seen better days? Let them live on outdoors. Here a collection of blue plates is combined with somemetal art piecesand blue orbs.

Metal Garden Art | Amazon

3Salvaged Metal and Wood

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Several of these pieces might be kind of bland on their own, but arranged together on this fence they look quite wonderful.

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4Rusty Old Tools

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I often see boxes of rusty old tools at auctions. They’re filthy and there’s probably some useless junk in the box too, but if you’re willing to lug them home and clean them up, you can get a display like this for a real deal.

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5More Rusty Tools

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The side of this shed is used to display old garden tools, a cast iron frying pan, and more. So what works? I think it’s a simple of choosing items you like. If it appeals to you—hang it up. You can always switch things around later.

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6Old Gate and Metal Word Sign

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Old gates, headboards, shelves—they all work. Add your own touch with a favorite metal sign.

Check thrift shops and yard sales to find ones in your area.

7Shelves and Decor

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If you have some favorite items you want to display but find them difficult to hang, add shelves. It’s a great way to show off bulkier items that you don’t want to keep on the ground.

DIY Outdoor Plant Shelf

8Window Frame with Shutters

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This is from my garden. An old window frame matched perfectly with some junk shutters to create a focal point in the garden.

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9Framed Succulents

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Framed succulents became popular some years ago. For some of us, succulents are not cheap but you can learn to propagate your own to get more if you’re willing to be patient.

The project (above) is from the book Gardening on a Shoestring and you can see the entire tutorial here: How to Make Framed Succulents.

The next photo is from a garden tour. I thought it was interesting that they used a screen window and threaded the succulents through it.

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10Galvanized Buckets

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Along with some very sweet framed succulents, this garden has a series ofgalvanized bucketsmounted on the fence.

Simply drop potted plants in to change things up through the growing season.

11Candle Holders and Kitchen Trivets

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This is also at my house. I added the hanging planters to add interest to the long brick wall but it still looked too plain. The addition of metal candle holders andkitchen trivetsadded the artistic touch I wanted.

12Garden Tools

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I hung these garden tools on the fence after realizing I was never going to use them but didn’t really want to get rid of them.

While some love the look of rust, in this case I opted to spray paint the ends silver.

13Plants With Character

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The succulents chosen for this fence-mounted planter are a perfect choice for the ornate style. Plus anything long or cascading tends to kick it up a notch.

Related: Creative Ways to Display Succulents

14Outdoor Art Gallery

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Display collections of similar items that work together likes these hanging metal sculptures.

15Pick A Theme

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Here the gardener picked a theme—cats—and displayed the related items together.Meow!

16Fence and Gate Inserts

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In the old days we used old floor grates for this but today you can buy metal or plastic inserts that do a good job of adding interest to a plain gate or fence.

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17Giant Bug Art

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This giant dragonfly is from a shop but you can also make your own from an old ceiling fan.

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18Repetition Repetition

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This unusual fence is between two houses where they wanted privacy and creativity. The “roof” up top is a smart way to add height to a fence without having a tall, plain wall. The repeated hanging baskets definitely bling it up.

19Old Frames and Mirrors

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Along with broken garden tools, I started hanging old wooden picture frames and mirrors as well. This is a great way to add interest to a long fence while you’re waiting for the plants to grow up. This tells you which mirrors to choose and how to keep it safe:

How to Safely Use Mirrors in the Garden

20Color

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There’s nothing like a zing of color to grab attention. These brilliant blues are a great distraction from a long, boring wall. When in doubt, choose a bright blue lobelia.

21Indoor Decorating Style Outdoors

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This sitting area is set up the same way you’d do it indoors. The table and chairs set the stage, and the various plants and decorations on the wall accent the setting.

22Simple Can Be Very Good

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This little mask works perfectly on this expanse of black fence and gate. Simple touches like this are my favorite.

23Living Art and Perennial Favorites

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Train a clematis or other vine up a fence. Here some annuals and birdhouses add to the living art.

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24Natural Materials and Matching Textures

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Stacked firewood and hanging wicker baskets look gorgeous together. Think about grouping items with similar colors and textures for an eye-catching display.

25Add Some Humor

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I’m a big proponent of having your garden your way. Forget what anyone else has to say and follow your muse. If you like goofy faces like this or anything else that adds some fun, go for it.

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FAQs

What Colour fence will make my garden look bigger? ›

By painting your garden fence a dark colour, you are allowing your garden foliage to stand out against it and this takes the focus away from the actual boundaries of your garden, thus giving a sense of more space.

How do you make a fence look new? ›

How To Revive an Old Fence - Ready Seal - YouTube

What is the best color for a wooden fence? ›

If you want to be a traditionalist, go with white, grey, or natural stain wood. If you want to be modern, we suggest going with blue or black. If you're the type that loves attention, try a flashier color like yellow. Don't be shy, give them all a try by talking to one of our paint professionals and ask for samples.

How do you update an old fence? ›

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What is the fastest way to cover a fence? ›

One of the more popular options is ivy. A singly ivy plant can cover up to six feet of square fence panel in 3 months, meaning that you can easily disguise a large amount of fence in a short time. If you want more color, another form of crawling plant is Wysteria.

How do you hide a fence with landscaping? ›

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What can I add to the top of my fence for more privacy? ›

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How do you put lattice on top of a fence? ›

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How do I make my chain link fence pretty? ›

Paint It! – It seems so simple, but really, painting your chain link fence a color instantly makes it look more finished. Black, white, green, or a pop of color, I think a can of paint does wonders for this type of fence. Tip: Make sure you use Rustoleum or some other type of rust resistant paint intended for metal.

Is black a good fence colour? ›

'Nothing beats a black stain on exterior timbers,' says Mark Osborne. 'A black fence removes the fence from our attention and makes a nicer landscaping design by drawing attention to the garden and to plants instead. ' 'Black wood stain is fast and easy to apply and doesn't leave brush marks behind like paint.

How do you make a wide garden look longer? ›

To accentuate the perspective of the garden and make it look longer, try linking two circles making the one closest to the house the largest and the circle furthest away smaller. These will create a sense of movement and direction that will help to make a narrow garden appear wider.

How do you paint a fence without it going thru? ›

Use a brush that's not fully loaded so it doesn't drip. Don't paint the top and go extra easy near holes and at the top or bottom of the slats if they're vertical.

How do I get the green off my wood fence? ›

If you spot any, put on some protective gloves and mix one part bleach to two parts water in a bucket, you don't need to stir. Take a scrub brush and rub the green stains, going in circular motions. Once you're satisfied the stains have gone, repeat the pressure washing to remove any residue.

Is it better to paint or stain a wood fence? ›

Most of the time, staining is better than painting a fence. It's true that stain eventually fades and must be reapplied, but not for several years. Also, because stain doesn't peel or crack, it requires less preparation than repainting. Simply power wash the fence to produce a clean, prepped surface for staining.

How often should a fence be stained? ›

Routine wood fence maintenance is important to maintain the aesthetic of the fence and the life of the wood. A fence should be stained every two to three years to preserve the look and function of the fence.

Can I paint my fence any color I want? ›

When it comes to fence painting, you can do whatever you want to your side of the fence. So, if it is your fence on both the outside and the inside, then you are free to do whatever you like in regards to painting.

How do I make my wood fence look new again? ›

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Is it worth staining an old fence? ›

Whether your wooden fence is years old or newly installed, it can benefit from a single inexpensive addition: stain. Applying wood stain to the slats improves its design and prolongs the lifespan of your hard-working outdoor structure—a win-win!

Do you need to clean a fence before staining? ›

Before adding any form of finish to a fence, including stains, you need to remove any old finish(s) and remove any dirt, dust, grime or other matter from the fence. If you don't, there is a strong risk that your new stain won't fit at all.

How do you mask a fence? ›

How To Hide A Fence - YouTube

What is the best plant to use as a fence? ›

Arborvitae. There are many reasons why arborvitae is among the most popular plants for a living privacy fence. Its thick evergreen foliage creates a dense hedge when the trees are spaced properly, it tolerates most soil conditions, and it's cold-hardy and low maintenance.

How do you cover a wood fence with plants? ›

You can grow vines and protect a fence by investing in a sturdy trellis or arbor. These structures can be wood, vinyl, or metal. They can be simple, but to be effective they need to be strong. The sturdiest type of trellis or arbor will have fence-like posts to support a framework of bars.

Can my Neighbour make me cut down a tree? ›

Although it may seem like they should, there is no legal duty on a tree owner to cut their trees back or down (unless the tree's growth constitutes a real and present danger).

What to plant to hide neighbors view? ›

Arborvitae. If you are located anywhere in the United States, you are probably already familiar with the arborvitae and its ability to be used as a natural fence to block views from neighbors and passersby. It is easily one of the most commonly used choices for privacy.

Can a Neighbour paint my fence? ›

If your neighbour owns the wall or fence

Your neighbour doesn't have to change a wall or fence just because you want them to, for example making it higher for privacy. You can't make changes to your side without their permission, such as painting it.

What can I put around my backyard fence? ›

Space your shrubs and plants slightly away from it. A curving bed of plants rather than a straight line softens the straight lines of the fence. For great visual appeal, layer the flower beds and plants along your fence. Arrange short plants in the front, medium-sized in the middle, and the tallest ones in the back.

What is the best climbing plant to cover a fence? ›

Flowering Maple, Butterfly Bush, White Forsythia, Honeysuckle, Grape Vine, Wisteria, Passion Fruit, Virginia Creeper, Hollyleaf Sweetspire, Rose, Everlasting Sweet Pea, Nectarines, Figs, Apples, Cherries, Peaches, Apricots.

What can I plant in front of a wood fence? ›

Include tulips, violas and pansies. Espaliered fruit trees, like this apple tree, not only look great growing against a fence—they also produce delicious fruit!

How do you make an old fence look new? ›

How To Revive an Old Fence - Ready Seal - YouTube

How do you update an old fence? ›

Updating Older Backyard Fence - YouTube

How do I cover my backyard fence? ›

How To Hide A Fence - YouTube

Should you pressure wash fence before painting? ›

Yes. Pressure washing fences before painting is recommended because it will remove dirt so it is not “painted” onto the fence. How much psi do I need to clean my fence? You need at least 1800 PSI to effectively clean a wood fence.

Should I paint or stain my fence? ›

Most of the time, staining is better than painting a fence. It's true that stain eventually fades and must be reapplied, but not for several years. Also, because stain doesn't peel or crack, it requires less preparation than repainting. Simply power wash the fence to produce a clean, prepped surface for staining.

What is the best paint to use on a wooden fence? ›

Most professional painters recommend using an acrylic latex paint on a wooden fence because it provides a good moisture barrier that will not only protect your fence from rain, but also garden sprinklers and other sources of water.

Is it worth staining an old fence? ›

Whether your wooden fence is years old or newly installed, it can benefit from a single inexpensive addition: stain. Applying wood stain to the slats improves its design and prolongs the lifespan of your hard-working outdoor structure—a win-win!

How do you paint a fence without it going thru? ›

Use a brush that's not fully loaded so it doesn't drip. Don't paint the top and go extra easy near holes and at the top or bottom of the slats if they're vertical.

Do you need to clean a fence before staining? ›

Before adding any form of finish to a fence, including stains, you need to remove any old finish(s) and remove any dirt, dust, grime or other matter from the fence. If you don't, there is a strong risk that your new stain won't fit at all.

How do you cover a wood fence with plants? ›

You can grow vines and protect a fence by investing in a sturdy trellis or arbor. These structures can be wood, vinyl, or metal. They can be simple, but to be effective they need to be strong. The sturdiest type of trellis or arbor will have fence-like posts to support a framework of bars.

How do I create privacy in my open backyard? ›

Turn your backyard into a private retreat with strategically placed focal points, partitions, and cover. Thwart nosy neighbors by cleverly situating fast-growing plants, privacy trees, and cascading flowers. Mask unappealing sites with tall plants, airy upright structures, fences, and hedges.

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