DIY Backyard Privacy Screen Ideas

Reprinted from Artsy Printed Plants


While it’s great when we love all our neighbors, we may at times want some privacy and a privacy screen is a great solution for getting some.

After building our concrete paver patio, it had me thinking about how to get some privacy and so I started hunting around for ideas.

Or maybe for you it’s about the eyesores on your neighbors lawn you’d like to avoid seeing, or a little noise you’d like to block out.

Whatever the reason, you can be assured there are many solutions available for making your outdoor space more private. 

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There’s no shortage of privacy screen ideas, in part because there are so many things you can use for a screen.

Items That Can Be Utilized For A Diy Backyard Privacy Screen

  • PVC Pipes
  • Wood boards or slats
  • Tin roof panels
  • Shrubs or trees
  • Lattice panels
  • Decorative panels
  • Fencing
  • Twigs or branches
  • Curtains
  • Large planters
  • Vertically stacked planters

When considering what type of privacy screen you need for your outdoor space, you’ll want to consider how tall and wide it will need to be, and whether it should be permanent or removable.

Do you need more of a wall type, or can it be more of  a screen, allowing light to come through?

Maybe you’ll want a living wall which can be a trellis or lattice with climbing vines, or a natural “wall” of trees or shrubs.

If you need height, trees and shrubs will be your best bet. 

Also keep in mind that permanent structures will likely require the use of a post digger and submerging them in concrete.

Typical Tools And Supplies

  • Cedar fence pickets
  • 4×4 posts 
  • pieces of pine boards
  • Tape measure
  • Exterior wood stain
  • Deck screws
  • Circular saw
  • Power drill

These DIYers have come up with some great solutions and are sharing their tips on how to make them to see which of these outdoor privacy screen ideas will work best for you.

And while you’re working on making your outdoor space more enjoyable, why not make it so you can be outside even when the weather turns colder.

Here’s a list we compiled of the best outdoor patio heaters.

DIY Backyard Privacy Screen Ideas


Make An Outdoor Privacy Wall This Weekend!
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Use curtain rods and white curtains to add a boho feel with this beautiful backyard privacy idea.
This privacy wall will be easy to build, thanks to Crafted By The Hunts detailed step by step instructions.

Cinder Block Planters Wall

This cinder block planter wall is a great option as a balcony privacy screen.
Instead of lining up large planters along your balcony, build a vertical garden with small, stackable planters.
Just make sure you don’t go over the weight limit for your balcony, or you might get some complaints from the neighbors below!

DIY Planter Box With Trellis: Learn How To Build It!

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Here’s a DIY backyard privacy screen that was built into a large planter box. It’s such a great way to make the fence look built-in, and make the yard look nice with added plants.

This screen has double duty because it also serves to keep their dogs contained within their property by blocking off access to their back stairs.


DIY Privacy Twig Fence

This pretty patio privacy screen solved a little bit of a privacy issue by shielding eyes from slow moving cars driving on a busy street.

Using a variety of twigs adds depth to the structure and the fairy string lights add a nice ambiance.


Front Porch Privacy Screen

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Here’s a good way to use a lattice privacy screen to hide the neighbor’s trash cans.

And what’s really unique about this screen is that it’s built so that in the warmer months you can grow vines on it.

Then in the winter, you can easily change it out with outdoor fabric to block the wind.



How To Grow A Pittosporum Hedge

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If you really want backyard privacy, then this is the idea for you. You can cover a large area easily with hedge walls to create a very dense and tall screen.

Trees and shrubs are an ideal, long-term solution, especially if you’ve got a lot of area to cover.

If you do consider using plants for an outdoor screen, it’s a good idea to consider how tall and wide they will be at their mature growth to ensure they will meet your desired height.

Here are some other good trees or shrubs that are good options for privacy:

  • Arborvitae
    • Spartan juniper
    • Eastern red cedar
    • Leland cypress
    • Oak leaf holly
    • White spruce
    • Wax myrtle
    • Inkberry holly


How We Built An Inexpensive Privacy Screen With Planter

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Another great idea for utilizing planters with lattice as a privacy screen.

With such a tall wooden frame, the wood posts will need to be secured into the ground for support, but the end result is a permanent and beautiful wooden planter box that provides privacy.

Did you notice they even added string lights to illuminate the deck in the evenings.




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