Warm Up Your Patio With a DIY Tabletop Fire Pit

The warmth of a fire pit will instantly cozy up any outdoor room. If space is an issue, make this tabletop version. It's easily customizable to fit any table, yet just as beautiful as a full-size one.

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit

The warmth of a fire pit will instantly cozy up any outdoor room. If space is an issue, make this tabletop version. It's easily customizable to fit any table, yet just as beautiful as a full-size one.

Photo by: PopFizz | Bryan Allen

PopFizz | Bryan Allen

By: Rebecca Ridner

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Create a cozy area on your porch by building a tabletop fire pit.

Materials Needed

  • metal or ceramic rectangle planter with lip
  • glass sheet (not tempered) cut into 4 pieces
  • metal mesh
  • lava rocks
  • marine silicone
  • gel fuel
  • tape measure
  • tin snips
  • rubber gloves
  • small metal pails (optional for deep planters)
DIY Tabletop Fire Pit: Materials

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit: Materials

For this project, you'll need a metal or ceramic rectangle planter with lip; glass sheet (not tempered) cut into 4 pieces; metal mesh; lava rocks; marine silicone; gel fuel; tape measure; tin snips; rubber gloves; small metal pails (optional for deep planters).

Photo by: PopFizz | Bryan Allen

PopFizz | Bryan Allen

Make the Glass Box

Have a sheet of glass cut at the home improvement store into four pieces, each measuring 8” tall and slightly less than the length of each side of your planter. The finished box will need to rest on top of the lip of your planter. Alternatively, if the size works, you can use already cut glass from dollar store frames.

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit: Cut Glass to Size

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit: Cut Glass to Size

Have a sheet of glass cut at the home improvement store into four pieces, each measuring 8” tall and slightly less than the length of each side of your planter. The finished box will need to rest on top of the lip of your planter. Alternatively, if the size works, you can use already cut glass from dollar store frames.

Photo by: PopFizz | Bryan Allen

PopFizz | Bryan Allen

Construct a glass box by running a bead of silicone along the edges of your glass and placing them together. Apply silicone slowly and neatly.

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit: Assemble Glass Box

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit: Assemble Glass Box

Construct a glass box by running a bead of silicone along the edges of your glass and placing them together. Apply silicone slowly and neatly.

Photo by: PopFizz | Bryan Allen

PopFizz | Bryan Allen

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit: Assemble Glass Box

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit: Assemble Glass Box

Construct a glass box by running a bead of silicone along the edges of your glass and placing them together. Apply silicone slowly and neatly.

Photo by: PopFizz | Bryan Allen

PopFizz | Bryan Allen

For extra stability, add another bead of silicone along the inside corner of the two glass pieces. Wearing a rubber glove, smooth the silicone against the corner.

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit: Add Additional Silicone

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit: Add Additional Silicone

For extra stability, add another bead of silicone along the inside corner of the two glass pieces. Wearing a rubber glove, smooth the silicone against the corner.

Photo by: PopFizz | Bryan Allen

PopFizz | Bryan Allen

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit: Add Additional Silicone

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit: Add Additional Silicone

For extra stability, add another bead of silicone along the inside corner of the two glass pieces. Wearing a rubber glove, smooth the silicone against the corner.

Photo by: PopFizz | Bryan Allen

PopFizz | Bryan Allen

Follow the same process to attach a third piece of glass. Hold these three pieces in place using heavy objects until the silicone dries.

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit: Assemble Glass Box

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit: Assemble Glass Box

Construct a glass box by running a bead of silicone along the edges of your glass and placing them together. Apply silicone slowly and neatly.

Photo by: PopFizz | Bryan Allen

PopFizz | Bryan Allen

Once dry, flip the box upright and secure the last piece of glass. Let the glass box dry completely before picking up. 

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit: Finish Glass Box

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit: Finish Glass Box

Once dry, flip the box upright and secure the last piece of glass. Let the glass box dry completely before picking up.

Photo by: PopFizz | Bryan Allen

PopFizz | Bryan Allen

Cut the Metal Mesh

While the glass box is drying, use tin snips to cut the metal mesh about 1/4” smaller than the overall size of your planter.

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit: Cut Metal Mesh

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit: Cut Metal Mesh

While the glass box is drying, use tin snips to cut the metal mesh about 1/4” smaller than the overall size of your planter.

Photo by: PopFizz | Bryan Allen

PopFizz | Bryan Allen

The cut metal mesh should be able to fit inside the glass box but still sit on the planter lip.

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit: Cut Metal Mesh

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit: Cut Metal Mesh

While the glass box is drying, use tin snips to cut the metal mesh about 1/4” smaller than the overall size of your planter.

Photo by: PopFizz | Bryan Allen

PopFizz | Bryan Allen

Assemble the Fire Pit

Once the glass box is constructed, add a bead of silicone along the top of your glass box. Flip it over and sit the glass box in place on the top of your planter.

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit: Attach Glass Box to Planter

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit: Attach Glass Box to Planter

Once the glass box is constructed, add a bead of silicone along the top of your glass box. Flip it over and sit the glass box in place on the top of your planter.

Photo by: PopFizz | Bryan Allen

PopFizz | Bryan Allen

For extra security, add another bead of silicone all along the outside of the glass and smooth with a gloved finger. Let it dry completely before moving the fire pit.

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit: Secure Glass With Extra Silicone

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit: Secure Glass With Extra Silicone

For extra security, add another bead of silicone all along the outside of the glass and smooth with a gloved finger. Let it dry completely before moving the fire pit.

Photo by: PopFizz | Bryan Allen

PopFizz | Bryan Allen

Light the Fire Pit

Prep your gel fuel by following the directions on the label. Remove lids and place 1-2 cans in the bottom of your fire pit. If your planter is deep, like ours, you may need to prop up the cans with small rocks and metal pails.

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit: Add Small Rocks

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit: Add Small Rocks

Prep your gel fuel by following the directions on the label. Remove lids and place 1-2 cans in the bottom of your fire pit. If your planter is deep, like ours, you may need to prop up the cans with small rocks and metal pails.

Photo by: PopFizz | Bryan Allen

PopFizz | Bryan Allen

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit: Add Gel Fuel

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit: Add Gel Fuel

Prep your gel fuel by following the directions on the label. Remove lids and place 1-2 cans in the bottom of your fire pit. If your planter is deep, like ours, you may need to prop up the cans with small rocks and metal pails.

Photo by: PopFizz | Bryan Allen

PopFizz | Bryan Allen

Add the metal mesh and cover loosely with lava rocks, leaving space over the gel fuel cans.

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit: Add Metal Mesh and Lava Rocks

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit: Add Metal Mesh and Lava Rocks

Add the metal mesh and cover loosely with lava rocks, leaving space over the gel fuel cans.

Photo by: PopFizz | Bryan Allen

PopFizz | Bryan Allen

Carefully light your fire pit using a long lighter. The gel fuel cans burn for about three hours; to put the flame out earlier, place something nonflammable over the glass box until the flame is snuffed out. Cans can be reused until the gel fuel is gone.

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit: Light It Up

DIY Tabletop Fire Pit: Light It Up

Carefully light your fire pit using a long lighter. The gel fuel cans burn for about three hours; to put the flame out earlier, place something nonflammable over the glass box until the flame is snuffed out. Cans can be reused until the gel fuel is gone.

Photo by: PopFizz | Bryan Allen

PopFizz | Bryan Allen

Grab a drink and sit back to enjoy your tabletop fire pit. Its ambiance is perfect for a gathering or a quiet escape. Take delight in the cozy warmth and glow it brings to any occasion.

Tabletop Fire Pit Warms Up Patio

Tabletop Fire Pit Warms Up Patio

The glow of a fire pit draws people together and gives off warmth. Even the smallest outdoor room can benefit from a fire feature like this DIY tabletop version, which offers the beauty of a full-size fire pit while saving floor space.

Photo by: PopFizz | Bryan Allen

PopFizz | Bryan Allen

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Make a Space-Saving Fire Pit

The glow of a fire pit draws people together and gives off warmth. Even the smallest outdoor room can benefit from a fire feature like this DIY tabletop version, which offers the beauty of a full-size fire pit while saving floor space.

Photo By: PopFizz | Bryan Allen

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