Over the weekend my husband and I decided to build a fire pit in our back yard. We have been wanting one for a couple years now and finally got to it. We were trying to figure out a design that we knew we would like and would work for the space that we had. Plus we wanted a design that wouldn’t cost a fortune to build. I was so surprised by how easy and quick it was to make. It only took us about a morning to make it and we love how it turned out! So much better than the ones that you buy and so much cheaper too! I cannot wait to use this all summer long!
This is how we made it:
We headed to both home improvement stores to look for pavers and we ended up with these 12″ gray pavers from Home Depot. They were only $.77 each!! We got 36 of them (12 for each level).
*** This was the price we got because there was a good sale going on, but I see them for $1.20 all the time.***
Once we got the pavers home, we laid them out in a circle with 12 pavers in the circle. Since these pavers have a little lip on them we had to make the bottom circle bigger (so there were gaps in between the pavers, which is not shown in the picture). Then as we put the pavers onto it, the circles go smaller. So what we did was put the pavers in a circle with no gaps and then move each paver roughly 1.5 to 2 inches out. The inside diameter of this is about 37″.
We then built the pavers up three levels. We ended up having to do this a couple times to get the top layer with as little gaps as possible. For more added support, you could use concrete in the gaps too. The inside diameter of the top layer is about 33″.
Now for the floor. This is one of my favorite part of the fire pit. We used some pavers that were square and some that were kind of a triangle shape, they fit nicely with the square ones. They were are Home Depot too and were around $.68 each. We ended up with 24 of the squares one and 8 of the triangles ones. We laid them down onto the ground in the fire pit in a pattern that filled the circle as best as we could.
We ended up having a use a hammer to chip off a little piece of the triangle ones to make it fit, but you can’t tell when it’s all done.
Once the floor was in, we took a some paver sand and put it into the cracks and sides of the flooring. Then using our hands and a broom, distributed it evenly all over
Here is what the floor looks like with the sand in.
And that’s it!!! Doesn’t it look so cool?! So much better that the metal ones at the store, plus it’s nice that no one can tip it over (my kids did that…. dropped all the ashes onto the ground with our old metal fire pit).
Here is a quick break down of the costs-
36 gray pavers at $.77= 27.72
24 square pavers at $.68= 16.32
8 triangle pavers at $.66= 5.28
Paver sand= 3.97
Making the total $53.29 before taxes. 🙂
We got to sit back and enjoy the fire as a family!
And of course enjoy some yummy s’mores too! The out side pavers don’t get too hot, as you can see my son has his feet on them without any problems at all.
*** Update- we have had this fire pit for 3 years, we love it so much that we made one for my in laws! We used the same tutorial as we did for ours, just used different pavers. We used what we could find at Home Depot. Here is a video tutorial to show you the process of making it. From start to finish it took us 3 hours to make and that included going to the store 2 times to get the pavers. As you can see in the video, we had to build it a couple times to get the spacing just right. We also had to level out the ground. For the floor, we used a hammer and chisel to break off pieces of the pavers.
Here is a the finished fire pit. They picked out a River Red for the 12″ pavers and then we used some 7 x 7 inch squares for the bottom of the fire pit and some 7 x 3.5 inch. We got 36 of the 12″ red pavers and then we got 15 of the square pavers and 10 of the rectangle pavers. We built this fire pit for cheap, it was around $110 because those are the pavers my father in law wanted BUT there were others ones that weren’t the right color at Menards for only $.99, so had we gotten those it would have only been $75 to make.
Here is a quick break down of the price of this fire pit:
36 12″ pavers for $2.08 each = $74.88
15 square pavers for $1.48 each = $22.20
10 rectangle pavers for $.98 each = $9.80
Paver sand = $3.97
We got to use this super cool log in the fire pit, it was awesome. It burned for about 1.5 hours and all you had to do is just light it, so much easier than just plain wood,
We all of course enjoyed yummy s’mores after we got done building it. They were amazing as usual.
***Update- we have had this for over a year now and it still looks amazing (it’s a little dirty but that will happen with fire pits). We have had no problems whatsoever with it and we love having it! We loved it so much that we built an awesome sofa bench to go around it too!***
****UPDATE- We have once again added to our fire pit, we made a cover for it so that we can use our fire pit as a table too!****
It’s perfect for enjoying the fire pit when we can’t have fires (when it’s too windy or too hot). But also it’s a nice cover too, so it will protect the fire pit and keep things out of it too.
These DIY fire pits are so awesome to make and the best part is you can make them how you want them. Check out this awesome fit pit that my parents built in their back yard! Talk about backyard goals! They have 3 acres of land and I absolutely love how they made their fire pit! If I had room in my backyard I would totally do this. And no, this fire pit did not cost $60 to make :).
They did a paver floor and then a wall to go around it, then added some chairs and tables. My Dad thin set the wall with mortar so it’s not not going anywhere and people can sit on it.
Here is a closer view of that actually fire pit. They used the same pavers as the wall for the fire pit. They also thin set the fire pit too to keep it together.
Like what you see? Here are some more DIY ideas you might like:
This post contains affiliate links.