Making Fences and Walls

The information on this page was provided by one of our members, Peter C. Thank you Peter.

I make a number of different fences…

Stranded Fences

Make strand fences using either match sticks, toothpicks, or cocktail sticks (depending on if you want square or round posts). I drill three very tiny holes in the posts and feed very thin wire through the holes and glue with CA. The wire I am using comes from the earth wire in multi strand cable.

Birdcage Wire

Using Birdcage wire, I cut off one strip and file down the top edge, so it is smooth, then paint the uprights brown or grey. You can leave as is or glue a strip of wedding tulle along to simulate a chain link fence.

Pallet Strapping

Use ‘clear’ pallet strapping as chain link fencing. I use the wider strap, then paint the coarser side grey. There are a number of colours of the wide strapping, but I tend to use the blue or grey.

3D Printer Rafts / Supports

Here I have used the support from a 3D print job as a fence. Simply cut to size and glue in place. I placed a hedge (scourer pad covered in ground cover) behind to give some protection and support. 3D print supports come in a variety of styles, so you can get a number of different fences from them.

Ice Block Sticks

Ice block sticks glued together and laid on their edge makes a good rail sleeper fence (or wall). First, I stacked a number of sticks together, then scored a groove – the length of a sleeper – into the edge. For wall 1, I staggered the “sleepers” to simulate the wall. For wall 2, I glued the sticks together and then I cut the “sleepers” and placed them into “H” styrene posts. The styrene poles represent the rail used as posts.

Cable Ties

Cable ties come in different widths and can be used in a variety of different ways. Here I have used them for fencing, and as steps to different levels along the path.

Wedding Tulle

Chain link fencing made using silver or grey tulle mesh. Posts are household pins, panel pin nails, or florist wire. Sometimes I cut the head off the pins, and sometimes I can bend the pins and add “barbed” wire strings along the fence (silver or grey cotton). The gate is made from thin single strand wire soldered to shape and covered in the tulle.

Plaster Casting

Cast stone is used for fences, or walls.

‘Magic’ Tape

Scotch Magic Tape makes a good ‘discreet’ fence or wall, as seen here on the private swimming pool area.

Scourer Pads

Scourer pads cut down into strips make good hedges, as can be seen here.


Staples can be used for fencing too, for the low barriers along the front of car yards and similar display yards. Staple over a thick piece of styrene or metal, then remove the strip to leave the staple proud of the surface. Paint grey or white. Quick and easy!

Styrene Foam

Styrene foam covered in ground cover allowed me to match the hedge in the background photo.

Brass Wire

Brass wire soldered to make bridge guard rail.

Other ideas

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