Homemade Garden Fencing


Erecting a fence hasn't always been as easy as driving posts into the ground and stretching wire between them. Long before the invention of stretched wire and T posts, gardeners still had to control livestock and protect their vegetable crops. Early gardeners built fences by stacking rocks or weaving sticks, as noted by the University of Illinois Extension. One early form of decorative fencing that makes an attractive decorative fence today is the woven stick fence. This type of fence, sometimes called a wattle fence, is made by weaving twigs in a wicker or basket weave design.

Step 1

Attach the 1/2-inch drill bit to the cordless electric drill.

Step 2

Create caps for the rebar stakes by drilling 1/2-inch holes into the shaft of the 2-inch thick branches.

Step 3

Twist the caps onto one end of the No. 4 rebar. Place the rebar stakes at anchoring points about two feet apart along the garden fence.

Step 4

Pound the rebar stakes into the ground one-third of the way.

Step 5

Weave 1-1/2-inch diameter twigs in between the stakes. Start with thicker branches near the bottom and thinner ones as you go upward.

Step 6

Weave your branches around the rebar as if you were weaving a rug by alternating the direction of the weave with each twig. Push each twig or branch firmly down to make room for the next one.

Step 7

Keep weaving until you reach the desired height for the fence. The rebar should be completely covered so only the caps at the top of the fencing are visible.

Step 8

Weave smaller, thinner limbs through the fence to hide any gaps. Trim off any extra sticks with loppers or clippers.

Tips and Warnings

  • You can substitute wooden stakes for rebar, but the wood will rot within three to four years.

Things You'll Need

  • Cordless electric drill
  • 1/2-inch drill bit
  • Branches 3 feet long, 2 inches thick
  • Twigs 1-1/2 inches thick and at least 3 feet long
  • No. 4 rebar pieces 2-1/2 feet long
  • Mallet
  • Hand clippers
  • Loppers


  • Alaska Botanical Garden: How to Build a Wattle Fence
  • The Washington Post: The Lost Art of Wattle Fencing
  • University of Illinois Extension: Heirloom Garden Celebrates Ohio's Past

Who Can Help

  • Mother Earth News: Make Simple, Beautiful Garden Fences and Trellises
Keywords: wattle fencing, designing homemade fencing, building a fence

About this Author

Tracy S. Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published two novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World."