I've been looking at fire pit pictures and DIYs for a while. Some of them are too rich for my blood (Katie Bower's is beautiful, but $260 isn't in my budget) but then I saw one that was more in my wheel house.
Click the picture for the link. Theirs was $55, but ours was closer to $20 because we had pavers and rocks and I forgot to buy capstones. So basically we only bought 16 concrete blocks. Now, my dad swears that concrete block fire pits are bad and will explode, but according to the Lowes website (the post at the link says it and I checked too) the blocks are fire resistant. A backyard fire with just sticks and leaves isn't likely to get hot enough to do anything. B started a fire and let it burn for a while, and no explosions, so that's good enough for me. As always, keep a hose or pitcher of water nearby when you're playing with fire.
The process was a mixture of Bower Power's and The Dirty Loft's. Clear an area of grass, level it, lay pavers down, level them, stack pavers, fill pavers with gravel (or river rock, in our case), put a layer of river rock inside the fire pit, light something on fire. If I'd remembered to pick up construction adhesive I would have had B use it between the blocks, but I didn't. The rocks are keeping everything weighted and together instead. Brian at The Dirty Loft said he used one row of blocks, but we preferred two. Hopefully when I remember to get the capstones on it won't be too tall.
And, of course, we made s'mores.
Hope you had a fun weekend, too!