5 Ways to Decorate a Chain Link Fence

One of the advantages of living in an urban environment is being blessed with an unsightly chain link fence along your property line. Chain link fences are slowly starting to become available in various colors, but I am willing to bet that the majority of chain link fence owners have something similar to ours. 

5 Ways to Decorate a Chain-Link Fence | cucinakristina.com

I started looking into the cost of covering our chain link fence with a fence kit or a lattice fence panel, but by the time we bought enough pieces to cover the entire length of our yard, we may as well have just replaced the fence completely. Unfortunately, a new fence isn’t in our budget this year so I started to look for ways that I could make the fence less of an eyesore.

The easiest option seemed to be to use the fence as a giant trellis and plant some climbing plants. If you want something organic, climbing plants are a great option. They would add a nice pop of color to your garden and the flowers would be great for attracting bees! 

Climbing Morning Glories


The only problem with climbing plants is that it is rather late in the season and, even though climbers are usually fast growers, I wanted something with a quicker turn-around time (AKA something I could do over the weekend). 

Below are some options I am considering to spruce up our chain link fence. I am leaning heavily towards the woven hearts (option #4), but all of these options are fierce contenders at the moment.


Turn your chain-link fence into a giant cross-stitch board! I love the look of this and think it would be pretty easy to do with a simple cross-stitch design. You could even upcycle old t-shirts by using them as the fabric in your artwork. 

5 Ways to Decorate a Chain-Link Fence | cucinakristina.com | Turn your fence into a giant cross-stitch board.

Hanging Planters

I love the rustic look of these tin can planters. This would be a great option for an herb garden because herbs do not need to be planted in huge containers to thrive. The best way to add a punch of flavor to your meals, marinades, and dressings is by adding fresh herbs! 

5 Ways to Decorate a Chain-Link Fence | cucinakristina.com | Hang planters or upcycle cans. Plant herbs or small flowers to add color to a chain-link fence.

Stained Glass Inserts

This stained glass installation was done by Steve Bougie and Richard Fuller. You could do something similar to this using put-in cups, but the idea of purchasing a bunch of plastic specifically for this purpose makes my California hippy heart hurt. I have been trying to think of ideas that could mimic this using upcycled materials but am coming up short. If you have any ideas, leave a comment as I love the graphic element this would add to a whimsical garden.

5 Ways to Decorate a Chain-Link Fence | cucinakristina.com | Stained glass artwork on a chain-link fence

Woven Hearts

This is my favorite option! I love that these hearts appear to be floating from a distance. To make these hearts, you simply wrap yarn in a heart-shaped pattern at various spots on your fence. 

5 Ways to Decorate a Chain-Link Fence | cucinakristina.com | Wrap yarn into a heart shape on a chain-link fence. Gives the appearance of floating hearts!

Christmas Lights

I know this picture is of a wooden fence, but I think weaving Christmas lights through the links in a chain link fence would give you a similar effect. The only problem with this option is that it would look awesome at night, but wouldn’t be the best option for decoration during the daytime hours.

5 Ways to Decorate a Chain-Link Fence | cucinakristina.com | Weave Christmas lights through the links of a chain-link fence

Do you have an unsightly fence or any other ideas for making one look a little nicer? 

8 Comments on 5 Ways to Decorate a Chain Link Fence

  1. Virginia Davis
    July 7, 2015 at 6:59 pm (4 months ago)

    These are some great ideas! I really like the look of the climbing morning glories. These ideas for decorating your fence make me want to install one. I wonder what other plants that might grow well on a chain link fence.

    • kristina.d.navarro@gmail.com
      July 9, 2015 at 9:31 am (4 months ago)

      Thanks! I love the Morning Glories as well. They add a really nice pop of color to the yard. Purple is my favorite color though so I might be biased. :)

  2. Katrina A.
    August 10, 2014 at 10:09 pm (1 year ago)

    I really like the fence with the tins and flowers. Very cute!

  3. Lecia Lance
    August 10, 2014 at 7:30 pm (1 year ago)

    Don’t have a fence, but some bright flowers would seem to be nice to the eye!

  4. Unknown
    July 28, 2014 at 5:13 pm (1 year ago)

    You could run christmas lights through the fence then plant the climbing morning glorys. Pretty blue and green by day and then backlit at night.

    • kristina.d.navarro@gmail.com
      July 28, 2014 at 8:29 pm (1 year ago)

      That’s a great idea! I might try that next year!


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