LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — What better way to enjoy those summer nights than sitting around a fire pit in your own backyard? Fire pits can get expensive, so why not do it yourself. Mariel Ruiz and her husband Joe put together one in less than two hours.
Here's what you need to buy from your favorite home improvement store:
-4 bags of pea pebbles
-1 bag of leveling sand
-30 grey retaining wall blocks (you can go fancier if you don't mind spending a little more money)
Before you buy materials, make sure to measure how long you're going to want your fire pit to be. In this project, we only needed 30 blocks for 3 rows, 10 on each row.
Next, you'll want to make sure the area is level. You may need to dig some dirt to make this possible. Once it's ready, put down the sand so you have a nice level surface.
Now start laying your blocks down in a circle. Once the first layer is done, start on the second layer. If any of the blocks feel unsteady, you can use some sand and pebbles to make it more secure. Mariel's fun tip: Offset the second layer to make it more pleasing aesthetically.
Once the fire pit is built, scatter the pea pebbles in one layer around the outside and inside of the pit. Use a rake to make it smooth and even.
Final step: Get some wood, a few chairs, and marshmallows!
Make sure to watch the video to see Mariel and Joe take you step-by-step through the fire pit making process!