Halloween DIY – Faux Wrought Iron Fence

Halloween is right around the corner. My wife and daughter really have big plans this year for our Halloween decorations. They volunteered me to complete some woodworking projects to help with decorating their Hocus Pocus theme. Of course, I did as was told and got to work. There are three projects that I have completed and will be staging in the front yard either this weekend or the next. For each project, we will have a post on the BLOG, with details of the build, and a video on our YouTube channel demonstrating how it was built. Sorry, husbands, hopefully I’m not setting you up for a “honey do” as well!

The three projects include:

This BLOG post will focus on the faux Wrought Iron Cemetery Fence that I’ll build and use to surround the Halloween Coffin I built.

Cutting and Drilling the Boards

We need to cut the top and bottom boards, 1″ PVC and 1/2″ PVC to assemble the fence. To start off, go ahead and cut two 3′ sections of 1 1/2″ wide board.

Cutting the 1 1/2" boards for the upper and lower portion of the Halloween DIY faux wrought iron fence.

Clamp together the 2 x 3′ by 1 1/2″ boards so they site one over the other. At 2″ from both ends, drill a hole approximately 1 3/8 wide. This is to allow the 1″ tubing to be threaded through the boards. Next, mark you boards on top at 6″ intervals. Drill a 5/8″ hole at each 6″ interval to allow you to thread the 1/2″ tubing through.

Drilling the holes for the tubing to be threaded through the boards for the Halloween DIY faux wrought iron fence.
Cutting the holes in both top and bottom boards to allow tubing to be threaded through.
Drilling the holes for the tubing to be threaded through the top and bottom boards on the Halloween DIY faux wrought iron fence.
utting the holes in both top and bottom boards to allow tubing to be threaded through.

We need to go ahead and drill 1/4″ countersinks into the side of the boards adjacent to the center of the drilled holes where the PVC will be screwed in place.

Drilling the countersinks for the top and bottom board on the Halloween DIY faux wrought iron fence.
Drilling 1/4″ countersinks into top and bottom boards.
Drilling the countersinks on the 3' boards on the top and bottom of the  Halloween DIY faux wrought iron fence.
dDDrilling 1/4″ countersinks into top and bottom boards.

Cutting the PVC Tubing

We need to now cut 2 pieces of the 1″ PVC tubing at 42″ long. These will be the two end pieces.

Cutting the 1" PVC pipe for the side tubing.
Cutting the 2 x 46″ pieces of 1″ tubing.

Next, let’s cut the 5 pieces of 1/2″ tubing anywhere from 34″ to 38″. We want this to vary to give it a feel of being imperfect and old.

Cutting the 1/2" tubing used for the middle rails on the Halloween DIY faux wrought iron fence.
Cutting the 1/2″ PVC tubing for the inner rungs of the wrought iron fence.

Assembling the Fence

Lay the two 36″ boards out on the ground. Thread through the two 1″ PVC pieces through the holes at both ends. Mark 6″ from the end of both. Place the board at the mark and use screws to drill into wood board and PVC.

Screwing the 1" PVC pipe to the top and bottom boards.
Screwing in the 1″ end tubing pieces.

Next, thread the 5 x 1/2″ tubing pieces through the five holes in the wood boards and secure with a screw.

Screwing the 1/2" tubing to the top and bottom boards.
Screwing in the 1/2″ tubing pieces in a staggered and imperfect manner.
Screwing the 1/2" tubing to the top and bottom boards.
Screwing in the 1/2″ tubing pieces in a staggered and imperfect manner.
Completed assembly and awaiting black spray paint to finish.
Completed Assembly without Black Paint

Completed Assembly of Faux Wrought Iron Fence

Two 3' sections of Halloween DIY faux wrought iron fencing with one painted black and the other not yet.
Example of Completed and Not-painted Faux Wrought Iron Fence.
Faux Wrought Iron Fence

Halloween DIY – Faux Wrought Iron Cemetery Fence

This provides the materials and steps needed to construct a 3″ long section of faux wrought iron fencing. We will be using this to surround our Halloween DIY coffin.
Prep Time 30 mins
Assembly and Paint 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins

Equipment

  • Cordless Drill
  • 1 3/8″ Hole Saw or Drill bit
  • 5/8″ Hole Saw or Drill bit
  • Combo or Miter Saw

Ingredients
  

  • 2 1″ x 1.5″ x 3′
  • 2 1″ x 42″ PVC tubing For end tubing
  • 5 1/2″ x 34″ to 38″ For inner tubing
  • 1 Box 1 1/4″ wood screws
  • 1 Can Paint, Black Spray
  • 2 2′ rebar or other stake Used to put 1″ PVC sides of fence on top of to hold fence in place.

Instructions
 

  • Cut 1 x 3″ board in half at 36″ long.
  • Cut 2 pieces of 1″ PVC 42″ long.
  • Cut 5 pieces of 1/2″ anywhere between 34″ and 38″
  • Take 1.5″ boards 36″ long and clamp together (one on top of the other).
  • At 2″ from both ends, drill 1 3/8 or similar size hole through both clamped boards. This will allow the 1″ tubing to be threaded through.
  • At every 6″ interval, from the end, drill a 5/8″ or similar size hole through both clamped boards. This will allow the 1/2″ tubing to be threaded through.
  • Drill a 1/4″ countersink on the side of each hole drilled into the boards to allow less crush when drilling in the screws to secure the PVC tubing.
  • Screw both 1″ tubing pieces at both ends of the two boards.
  • Thread through the 1/2″ tubing in the remaining 5 holes.
  • Screw all 5 x 1/2″ tubing to the board but alternate the height so they are not even. Do this on both ends.
  • Spray paint black the entire faux wrought iron fence.
  • Hammer in rebar where you want to locate the fence. Place the 1″ PVC over the hammered in rebar.
Keyword Cemetery, Craft, Decoration, DIY, Fence, Halloween, Holiday, PVC, Wood



I’ll make sure to post a picture of it in the front yard all staged out. This was a really fun DIY build and didn’t take too much effort to do. Take advantage of the time you can spend together with your family and make memories. As always, don’t forget to enjoy the simple life! Please let us know how you like this post or have suggestions on future posts.

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