There’s just something about water that calms us, intrigues us, and draws us in. So, having your own water feature in the backyard is an awesome option for making the yard even more inviting and relaxing.
If you pair a fountain, stream, fish pond, or other water feature with the right patio or deck, the right plants, and awesome furniture, you and your family will never want to stay indoors again. And that’s the point of a backyard, right?
Today, we’re checking out some of the most amazing water fountain designs, along with a DIY how-to for the handy at home.
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How To Make Your Own Pot Water Fountain
This particular project is for those with an intermediate or higher skill level in all things do-it-yourself, and should take you about a day to construct.
Follow the instructions from Lowes step by step to learn how to make your own water fountains out of pots.
1. Gather Supplies
First off, you’ll need to get together your tools and materials for making this fountain. You’ll need:
- A drill
- 3/8-inch drill bit
- Utility knife
- A file
- 3 ounces clear silicone adhesive sealant
- Tape measure
- 6 bags of river rocks
- 19 1/4-inch glazed ceramic pot
- 2 5-gallon plastic buckets
- 4 rubber stoppers
- Water garden container fountain kit
If you’re not sure where to purchase the supplies, check out your local hardware store, or home store like Home Depot, Lowes, or Menards. Call ahead for the water garden container fountain kit to be sure it’s in stock before heading out to the store.
For the sealant, ask for help to make sure you’re getting the right kind to work with the ceramic and rubber properly.
2. Prepare The Pot
Take the pot and put it face down on your work surface. Clean up the rough edges on the drainage holes, using a standard file.
3. Apply Sealant
Now, apply the sealant to the sides of each plug, and place the smaller end of the plugs into the drainage holes on the pot. Push the plugs in firmly and hold in place for a few seconds – or longer, depending on the instructions on the sealant packaging.
Make sure you leave about a 1/4-inch of the plug extending from the hole.
Now, apply the sealant again, to the exposed part of the plug.
Repeat on two of the other holes, leaving one unplugged.
4. Prepare The Bucket
Now, put the bucket face down in your work space. Grab your drill and the 3/8-inch bit, and make several holes in the bottom of the bucket.
With a utility knife, cut an opening along the rim of the bucket, large enough to receive the power cord from the fountain kit.
5. Place The Pump
Next, place the bucket face down into the ceramic pot. Place the pump on the center of the top of the bucket, and thread the electrical cord through the opening hole that you created in the side of the bucket.
Measure the length of the cord needed inside the ceramic pot once the plug and cord are threaded through the remaining hole. Mark the cord with your pencil so that you know much length you’ll need.
6. Placement Of The Cord
Now, remove the bucket, and turn the pot on its side. Pull the cord and plug through the remaining hole on the bottom of the pot, but make sure you leave enough length of the cord inside the pot to work properly.
Then place the pot face down again, leaving the pump inside, and the cord and plug exposed.
7. Drill The Remaining Plug
Now, take the remaining rubber plug, and drill a 3/8-inch hole with the drill bit, from the top to the bottom.
8. Slit The Plug
Then, with your utility knife, make a slit in the side of the drilled rubber plug. Slide the cord through the slit into the middle of the plug.
The line where the cord was marked earlier should be even with the surface of the bottom of the rubber plug.
9. Apply More Sealant
Apply sealant into the slit, as well as onto the sides of the plug. Place it firmly into the remaining hole on the ceramic pot. Then apply sealant to the exposed edges of the plug and cord opening.
10. Wait 24 Hours
Wait 24 hours, then turn the ceramic pot right side up, and add more sealant around the surface and edges of each of the rubber plugs on the inside of the pot.
Allow the sealant to dry as the directions on the packaging indicate.
11. Place The Pot
Now, you’re ready to place your ceramic pot fountain into the area where you’ll be “planting” it.
Use your trowel to dig a channel in the soil underneath the pot, where the cord will go.
You may wish to place the pot on two paving stones for extra support. If you do so, leave space for the cord between the two pavers.
12. Place The Bucket And Pump
Now, place the bucket inside the pot, face down again, with the pump cord coming through the pre-cut hole in the rim of the bucket. Place the pump on top in the center.
13. Drill Holes In Bucket #2
Now, drill several holes in the bottom of the second bucket. Fill the bucket with river rocks, and rinse out debris and dirt. Pour the clean gravel into the pot.
Repeat this process with the stones until they’re clean and placed into the pot, filling it to 2 or 3 inches below the rim.
14. Adjustments To Make
Now, adjust the spout to correct any height issues, and attach the desired nozzle to the fountain.
15. Fill The Pot With Water
Now, you’ll take your garden hose and fill the pot with water, up to about 1-inch below the rim.
16. Plug In And Enjoy
Once your water fountain has been properly placed, and everything is secure to your satisfaction, and the water level is high enough, you can plug in the fountain and enjoy it.
Tips For Your New Fountain
1. To preserve the fountain you just made, empty it and store it in the garage or shed during the winter.
2. If you’d like to make a different size fountain, replace the 5-gallon with a different container or even a stack of blocks that places the fountain pump tube above the rim of the ceramic pot.
3. If this particular fountain doesn’t appeal, you could make a stone water fountain instead, using an online tutorial.
You can then use either the rubber plug method used in the tutorial or use an epoxy to run the cord through the bottom of the pot. Epoxy will also seal the holes and keep it from leaking.
Your Perfect Garden Fountain
Whether you live in the northern climates, or have a sweeping Victorian-esque garden, you’ll find that these water fountain ideas can meet your needs, while providing a variety of options that each have a unique feel.
You can build your own miniature fountain for tabletop viewing, or a larger ceramic pot fountain that will bubble out a song of beauty. Just be sure to choose the how-to tutorial based on your skill level.
And whether you make the fountain yourself, or purchase a pre-made one, you’ll soon be relaxing with the found of gently bubbling water nearby.