Looking for a clever and unique feature to add to yards, gardens, or properties? A fence may be the perfect way to add some flair to the green-space outside your home, while also providing increased privacy .
Whether you plan to add new fences, or merely spruce-up existing elements of the home, consider these fun alternatives to conventional fences:
Pencil fencing is on-point
Old and new wooden pickets get a fun makeover when you turn them into pencils! “Sharpen” the tops, and paint to resemble these familiar writing implements. Alternate different colors for a row of colored pencils that will cause passers-by to do a double-take.
Some well-traveled fencing
Recycled license plates are wonderful for camouflaging and covering-up imperfections on an unsightly fence. These can be nailed or screwed onto existing fences or posts, and create an engaging display for the yard.
Evolution of the wheel
For a unique, eco-friendly metal fence, reuse wheels from bikes, buggies, and wheelbarrows to create a lofty, airy fence with flair. These metal rims can be welded securely together in varying patterns, using all different sizes, and mounted to metal fence-posts.
Bikes, skis, and surfboards
Recycled skis and surfboards are excellent slats or pickets for a whimsical fence. Little needs to be done, and owners may space each board depending on the number being used.
Anchor wooden posts in holes dug approximately one-third the desired fence height deep.
Position post and fill with quick-dry concrete.
Use surfboards and skis to create vertical or horizontal pickets for desired effect.
Secure boards with screws to wooden fence-posts.
Bicycles can be disassembled, with wheels and frames comprising the panels of the fence. These should also be grounded in cement with metal posts, and then welded together for an eye-catching display.
A prickly neighbor
A new spin on a privacy hedge might be found with the prickly cactus. Planting rows of quick-growing San Pedro cacti in rows to create a unique fence. These columnar plants require little maintenance and, over time, will grow tall enough to shield the home and increase privacy.
Cities typically enforce regulations regarding the height of fences that may be added to properties in particular regions. Be sure to check local ordinances and zoning laws before spending money on structures that the city could make you tear down when it violates regional regulations. Obtain necessary building permits to save headaches later on.