DIY Backyard Fire Pit

Summer nights are best spent under the stars by a fire. Having a fire pit in your backyard is a great way to spend the summer outdoors! With a few tool and supplies, you can cobble together your own DIY backyard fire pit that you will cherish more for the hard work you put into it.

Here is the ultimate guide to putting together your very own backyard fire pit that don’t require you to hire an expensive landscaper!

Tools And Essentials

48 10.25″ x 7″ tumbled concrete wall blocks

48 3.5″ x 7″ mini tumbled concrete wall blocks

6 bags of river rock


Garden hoe


3′ – 4′ level

Weed killer


Create Foundation – Create the first tier of the fire pit by forming a circle. Alternate the large and mini bricks to create a pattern. Using a level, make sure the bricks are relatively even all the way around. If the circle is more than an inch or two uneven, remove the higher bricks and dig out the dirt underneath until they’re level with the rest. It’s important for the first level to be as even as possible to create a sturdy foundation.

Build Sides – Begin the next layer by alternating the large and small bricks again, placing the small bricks on top of and in the middle of a larger brick to continue the pattern.

Keep Fire Pit Level – During the assembly process, step back from time to time and make sure the fire pit wall is even. Adjust as necessary to keep it symmetrical and level.

Clear Around Perimeter – Using a hoe and a shovel, clear out a two-inch area around the perimeter of the fire pit. Apply a weed killer to cut back on weeds growing up around your new fire pit.

Add River Rock – In the newly cleared area, pour river rock evenly around the perimeter. The addition of the river rock gives the fire pit a nice finished look. This also helps keep the bottom layer of bricks from shifting.

Finishing Touches – Finish off your fire pit project by spreading the remaining river rock in the bottom of the pit to help with drainage and prevent weed growth.

Create a Seating Area – Resin Adirondack chairs are virtually maintenance-free. With the addition of outdoor pillows and blankets, will make the area feel comfortable and cozy.

Sit back, relax with good company, and toast some smores under the starry summer nights with your brand new firepit!