A water feature is a stunning addition to any backyard landscape. They can transform the atmosphere of a garden and create the soothing sound of a waterfall right at home. Despite these benefits, water features and fountains can be very expensive. Rather than hand over a great deal of cash, create your own DIY water fountain!
A DIY water fountain or feature is a relatively affordable project that requires little time. Every homeowner will also get a sense of satisfaction knowing that they have built their beautiful water feature by hand. Build a lovely rock waterfall fountain for your yard, deck, or garden with this comprehensive tutorial.
Pot Fountain Tutorial
A flower pot fountain is a beautiful and easy DIY water feature to make. While the required materials are relatively cheap and it takes little time to install, this fountain can easily turn any patio or yard into an oasis. The sound of flowing water, its stacked formation and its use of natural materials will make this water fountain stand out.
Before you begin this tutorial to build a DIY pot fountain, make sure to gather everything you need.
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Step 1: Drill Holes In Planters
First, take the largest ceramic or terracotta pot and drill a hole in the bottom using a drill with the spade bit. After drilling the hole through the largest planter, do the same with the smaller one. The holes should be large enough to fit water piping through.
If the two plastic flower pots do not have drainage holes that are big enough for the pump piping, drill holes in their bottom as well.
Tip: Make sure to wear eye protection while completing this step in the DIY project.
Step 2: Add Feet To Your Fountain
Step 3: Assemble The Basin
Optional: Building A Solar Fountain
If you would like to reduce the cost of your electricity bill and harness the power of the sun, choose a solar pump instead of an electrical one. Not only will this save you a great deal of time and materials creating an outdoor fountain, but it is also relatively maintenance-free.
If this sounds like the project for you, simply use a single planter topped up with water and a floating solar pump to build a simple but elegant water feature in your backyard.
Step 4: Prepare The Water Tube
Step 5: Start Stacking Your Water Fountain
The next step in your mini water garden project is to assemble the fountain base.
Take the largest plastic pot and place it upside down into the bottom of the ceramic base. It should completely cover the water pump and the tube should stretch up through the hole. Next, stack the second ceramic pot right side up on top of the plastic one. Extend the water line up through the hole in the base, then lower the last planter upside down at the top.
As you weave the tube up through the holes, make sure to seal any extra space with silicone to create a waterproof water feature.
Step 6: Add Rock, Gravel or Stone
Now that the flower pot fountain is stacked, it is time to put the finishing touches on the project. We recommend that you fill the fountain with pond stones or fake plants for little maintenance. The liquid will also easily move over these surfaces once the fountain is turned on.
Tip: If you would like your outdoor DIY projects to include a bit of flair, you could skip filling the fountain with gravel and use colourful glass stones instead. The colourful stones will be a beautiful addition and will certainly make your fountain a focal piece in your backyard.
Step 7: Add Water
In order to truly make your DIY project a water fountain, you need to add water! Fill both the top and bottom containers with pond water from watering cans or a garden hose. Make sure the fountain is filled up to the lip of each planter.
Note: The fountain may not look like it has enough water because it will flow between the stones, but it will move through the pump reservoir and through the garden fountain in a trickle.
Step 8: Start The Flow
Step 9: Enjoy Your New Fountain
Did you know?
Did you know that water features like a waterfall or fountain are known to have health benefits? The sounds of natural falling water can help soothe and de-stress, causing your blood pressure to lower and your physical and mental health to improve. This is a great reason to include a water wall or fountain in your yard!