We've been looking to add a water feature to our yard for well over a year now. We've kicked a few ideas around in that time. I liked ponds, for example. Robin pointed out that we have a dog who would spend all his time in said pond and we would never have a dry pet again. I felt this was a good point.
We settled on a standalone fountain type water feature. We decided to build it ourselves because:
a) we like building things ourselves and
b) most store-bought water features look exactly like store-bought water features and cost a lot more than the individual parts that go into them. It's a poorly kept secret that we're a bit frugal.
We started planning.
Concept 1 - A Water Wall. Sounds amazing right? It was going to be made with some glass shower doors we found at a Re-Store. That plan was rejected after basically a year of thinking on it because I still couldn't come up with a practical way to support the glass and have water run down it and have it not look hideous.
Concept 2 is what this post is about: A Simple Fountain Made with Pots. There was a spot in near our deck silently begging for a water feature. It would be much more doable.
- 2 pots (one large, one smaller) - any material, but strong enough to hold water and rocks. Ours is glazed terra-cotta. More expensive than plastic, but still cheaper than a ready made fountain.
- 1 fountain pump with enough vertical lift to pump water taller than your stacked pots (you can find this information in the specs of most fountain/pond pump kits)
- 1 plastic pail (I used an old wine kit bucket, but anything you don't mind drilling holes in will do)
- Automotive fibreglass material ("Bondo")
- Rocks (Some decorative, some large ones that take up a lot space and are cheap/free)
- 1 piece of hose that fits the outlet on your fountain pump (most have adapters and can use garden hose, plumbing 'PEX' pipe or anything in between that you might already have)
- Garden hose washers or similar waterproof item to fill gaps
Assemble as below. I have added some notes and thoughts in the images as appropriate.
|I'm clearly a fine, fine designer. My favourite parts are the swiss cheese pail and the potato rocks...|
Step 1 - Seal the Pump into the Bottom Pot
Step 2 - Prep the bucket to cover the pump
Step 3 - Assemble in layers and try some test runs.
Step 4 - Start filling with River Rocks and keep testing.
The only thing left to do now is pour yourself a glass of wine and relax next to your new fountain.