Marble Fence

Note: Happy New Year! I thought this was the perfect post to start off 2013! It’s bright and cheerful and made by my mama and brother! 

My mom saw this pin on pinterest a few months back, and then about one month later maniaced (perfect verb for my mama!) a marble fence. My mom is a doer. She makes things happen! She convinced my brother, who has a fence company to help her make a marble fence. (Zach’s fence company is called Aggieland Fence for anyone who needs any kind of fence or fence repair in the BCS.) If you’re new here, check out the first post about my parents backyard and how my mom made a bottle tree. You can see the bottle tree behind the marble fence in the pic below. See…
marble fence

 

Zach and my mom were the creators of the fence, and since I was not around to take good before or process pictures I’m resorting to the family archives. Just for fun, Steve (top pic) is my youngest brother, and Kelley (bottom pic) is my only sister. This was a long time ago. Steven is now 16 and Kelley is 25. Here’s the wrought iron fence before it became a marble beauty:

marble fence

The fence debacle started because my parents wanted to be able to get a riding lawn mower and other big pieces of equipment into our backyard. The wrought iron gate wasn’t doing the trick. So, check it out:

marble fence

My parents decided to get rid of the gate all together and actually make the left side of the fence a removable fence panel. If you check out the before pics, both sides used to have an 18 in. brick footing.  Now, only the right side has a brick footing. So, here is how it all went down. My mom told Zach what she wanted and Zack made it happen. This is Zach’s first marble fence, pretty impressive, huh? The 3 things that make this fence stand out are:

1: The concave swoop

2: The marbles

3: The left side of the fence is removable

 I’m going to spill the beans about 1 and 2. If you want details about making a removable fence panel, you can email me and I’ll ask Zach and my mom.

How to make a concave swoop: Zach’s secret to making a perfect concave fence swoop is 1″ PVC sprinkler pipe (or any flexible, long material). Just lay it over the top of the fence, and adjust the swoop to your liking. Note: This is a 2 person job! When you’ve decided on the perfect swoop, trace the pipe line, and then use a sawzaw to cut along the line. Bam. Zach is a pretty handy with a Sawzall (here’s a link to the one he has)… If this is your 1st rodeo, I suggest doing a few practice cuts.

 

How to add marbles to your fence: My mom bought marbles online. Just make sure your marbles will let light shine through. You also need a rubber mallet  and a drill. Use a practice board to find the perfect size drill bit for your marbles. My mom used different sized marbles, and had to have different sized drill bits. It’s pretty simple, just drill a hole in your fence, and use the rubber mallet to pound in the marble. You want the marble to be snug as a bug.

Here’s the marble back side of the removable marble fence panel:

marble fence

Here is the backside of both sides:

marble fence

Another fun thing about the marble  fence is that it’s look changes depending on the sunlight and angle. I like this angle…

marble fence

Here’s a close up of the different sized marbles…

marble fence

Here is one more front view. See the bottle tree peeking over the brick pillar?

marble fence

marble fence

Comments

  1. Such a pretty idea!

  2. Love this! It’s so fun and playful!!

  3. Looks amazing! I had no idea it would turn out so cool!
    Thanks for showing the pictures!

  4. Love the Marble Fence! The way the angles change the sparkle of the marbles is really neat!
    I would love to have a bottle tree, but all my trees are full grown.Maybe I should buy a new sapling for the
    front yard!

    • I have seen these bottle trees made out of scrap metal rods as well :0) … though the real tree would be nice.. it may hinder the trees growth… :0(

  5. I think that marble fence was one of the first things I ever pinned on Pinterest! Still haven’t done it, but yours looks fabulous!!

  6. That turned out so cool! Love what it looks like as the light hits the marbles!!

  7. Alex Montana says:

    What a marvelous idea! I love the color and light! Thanks for sharing!

  8. SO awesome! I love this!

  9. Love love love!!!

  10. sanchez says:

    hello, it’s a great idea that i’m trying ton do myself. i have one little question, as the wood works how those the marble keep in their holes ?
    For a marble of 16 mm you use a drill of 16 or 15 ?
    Thanks for you answer !
    isabel

    • Jamie Dorobek says:

      I would suggest using the 15mm! Then use the rubber mallet to mak the marbles as tight as possible in the fence!

  11. This is great and I love how it looks with the sun shining through!

  12. I love this Jamie! That fence just makes life more fun….is that weird to say? That’s how I feel when I see it! lol

    Have a good week!

  13. Hey Jamie! Just wanted to let you know that my neighbors and their kiddos did this over the weekend after seeing your post! It looks really cool, and the kids loved being able to help! They sent me a picture! I love when people actually do the projects that I post, so thought you might like to know! Keep being awesome!

    Jessica

  14. Jamie! I seriously LOVE this idea! How awesome and what a great way to add some fun to a ordinary BORING fence! :) Maybe my husband will go for this… not sure! ;)
    Thanks for joining us last week on Saturday Show & Tell; I’m featuring your Marble Fence this week!
    Mackenzie :)

  15. Excellent instructable for both the marbles and the swoop! I am curious about what happens when the wood ages and shrinks. Do you think the marbles are stuck in firmly enough to avoid them falling out? Thanks!

  16. Melissa Powers says:

    Thanks for the tips! I’ve had this pinned for awhile but there was no tutorial. BTW, it’s called a Sawzall not a Sawzaw (actually the brand name of a reciprocal saw—sort of like Kleenex). Just in case folks try to google Sawzaw. I hope you don’t mind the correction.

  17. very nice..

  18. I’d love to know how yall did the removable fence. We’re about to tackle that project ourselves so I’d like to know how yall did it. Thanks!

  19. So pretty & magical! :)

  20. Julie Robinson says:

    “…maniaced (perfect verb for my mama!) a marble fence. My mom is a doer. She makes things happen! ”
    I grew up with your mom, and this is a perfect description! Love, love, love, the fence !!

  21. Jim Nickerson says:

    I took you idea and pused it up a level by doing this on both sides of a post fence that I used 2×6 between the front and back sides. On the top 2×6, I drilled some holes large enough to set a mason jar down into. Using the Mason Jar ring, I replaced the lid with the top part of some 2.00 solar lights. At night, the light is dim that escapes between the boards, but brighter where the marbles are. I’ve got some jealousy neighbors and it looks great!!

  22. I’ve been wanting to do this for some time and this weekend is the one! We are putting ours around two sides of our eye sore of an air conditioning unit. We are going to stain the wood a little bit darker to blend better with the house! Looks beautiful….love it and the tree!

  23. Roxana Wager says:

    Thank you for sharing. It is beautiful. Your mom is a doer, just like me. The satisfaction is amazing. Enhancing the beauty that already exist in nature.

  24. Thank you!

  25. Woah, magical!

  26. This is so beautiful – i too have the ‘marble in the fence’ image pinned on pinterest (its been there for months) i would love to try this!

    Sarah @ EDEA Smith

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