DIY Easy Fence Gate


The year John installed our garden fence, we were in a hurry. We didn’t think it was a good idea to plant more tomatoes until we had a fence up, since the deer had just finished plucking three young tomato plants right out of the ground, ate pretty much everything except the vine, and then dropped the vines on the ground. “All done. Thanks for dinner.” ;)

We needed a fence gate FAST.

John quickly threw this together as a temporary gate. It’s not glamorous, but it does what it was meant to do: opens, closes, and keeps critters out.

While we use this as a garden gate, it could also be used as an animal fence gate. It would need one more latch, a middle latch, if it were to be relied on for that purpose.

Since we did not take photos during the gate construction, hopefully these photos are mostly self-explanatory.

Here’s what you’ll need to do to build a gate like this:

  1. Wrap your fencing around the corner post.
  2. With wire cutters, at the very end of what will be the gate, remove the ends of the horizontal fence wires. This will actually remove the vertical section.
  3. Cut a board the same height as the gate.
  4. Drill holes in the board. Space the holes according to the fence wire spacing.
  5. Feed the horizontal fence wires through the board holes. Wrap the wires around the board, and twist the wires as seen in the photo.
  6. First Latch (top hook): Bend the very top wire to hook into the loop around the post.
  7. Second Latch (top loop): Drill a single hole (so the latch will pivot). Place a thicker aluminum wire through the hole; bend it over the board (see photo); and create a loop at the other end.
  8. Third Latch (bottom hook): Bend the very bottom wire to hook into the loop around the post.

Below are more photos.

To close the gate, I lift the gate just a little; place the loop over the fence post; insert the top hook into the loop around the fence post; and insert the bottom hook into the loop around the post.

To open the gate, I start with the bottom hook/latch and work my way up the gate.

It takes a matter of probably 3-5 seconds to open/close the gate.


What easy fence gate have you made? How did you make it?

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12 comments to DIY Easy Fence Gate

  • I can’t believe what perfect timing this is! I was just circling my raised veggie bed trying to decide how in the world I was going to make a gate. Thank you!

    • Holly

      Yeah! Now you have an easy – and inexpensive! – fence gate you can make.

      That gives my heart joy to know this post is useful and helpful. :) Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  • Fast ‘n easy. How long do you think it would hold up? (Obviously with the intention of installing a better gate, when you’ve got the time…)

    • Holly

      That’s a great question, Anni. I’ve given that a little thought, too, but it’s hard to say. I think it would probably last AT LEAST three (3) years, maybe five (5) years. Considering the gate was *almost* free, that ain’t bad. :)

      Thanks for stopping by, reading the post, and leaving a comment.

  • This is great! It looks really good! Thanks for sharing the how-to.


  • Thrifty and red-neck is somethign the best way to go! :-) Yes you’d have to replace it after a little while but it took what an hour and scraps to put together? That’s what it’s all about – making do, making it yourself, making it last. :-)

  • Millie

    Would you kindly explain Step #7?
    Second Latch (top loop): Drill a single hole (so the latch will pivot). Place a thicker aluminum wire through the hole; bend it over the board (see photo); and create a loop at the other end.

    For some reason, my mind is not computing exactly what this means..even looking at the picture. lol I’m not quite grapsing how this whole thick wire and bending over board and then creating loop at other end. lol

    I am very excited about this gate idea though…I have been searching for a while, so THANK YOU for posting this and than you in advance for a deeper explanation for my apparent, challenged brain! :)

    • Holly


      No problem at all. I’ll try to better explain step no. 7, since, apparently, you can’t read my mind? ;)

      I’ve added some additional text to some photos. (I’m totally lost without a REALLY good mental image or photos when someone tries to explain something to me.)

      Does that help, or did I make the situation worse? :)

      I’m glad to hear of your enthusiasm about this gate idea. :D

      • Millie

        Thank you, Holly! That TOTALLY helped me! I really appreciate you taking the time to explain it & for doing it so quickly. What a great idea!

        I had been just pulling one of the poles out everytime I wanted to move my lawn mower to my front yard and now it’s too loose and my little dogs are able to sneak through! ahahah

        Thanks Again!


  • What a helpful and informative post! Thanks for sharing!

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