Do you hear that sound? It’s the sound of peaceful and calming water gently flowing from a DIY fountain
How can that be if you don’t have a fountain, you ask? Thinking about it reminds you how you have always wanted to have a water feature in your yard but maybe you have always thought it’s too expensive.
But this is where the good news comes in. You actually do not have to have a large amount of money to be able to enjoy something as simple and luxurious as a fountain.
Did you know a fountain is something almost anyone can put together themselves and with little resources? All you need is a little time, a water supply and a few other materials and you will be on your way to enjoying all the tranquility a flowing fountain has to offer.
A DIY fountain is a perfect addition to your yard. Create a little oasis no matter what size of outdoor space you have. You can also be as creative with color or materials that you like, making it a truly unique piece.
Even You can create these and give them as a gift – if you can stand the thought of parting with it, that is.
Materials Needed to Make a DIY Fountain
Where do you even start with building your own fountain? The beauty of the DIY fountain (besides the obvious final result) is that it doesn’t take too many tools or materials to bring this project to life.
This is a perfect opportunity to use empty containers from the garden or when you find the pots at the store that have been considerably marked down.
You will need the following tools and materials to be able to complete this project:
- Glazed Ceramic Pot or sturdy container
- Water Garden Container Fountain Kit (you may need extra plastic tubing too)
- Clear Silicone Adhesive Sealant (or something that creates a waterproof barrier)
- Plastic Bucket (make sure it is smaller than your container, this will go inside your pot)
- Cheesecloth and fishing wire or metal shield. Need enough to cover the plastic bucket
- Rocks (such as river rocks)
Your largest expense with the project will definitely come from the fountain kit and the pots you end up purchasing (if you have to). This is a great project for any empty containers or flowerpots you have around your house that you no longer feel like using.
Steps for Creating Your Simple DIY Fountain
Here are the step-by-step directions for pulling together your materials and creating a lovely DIY outdoor fountain.
1. Decide Where You Will Place Your Fountain Before You Buy the Materials
With a little bit of planning, this project can go off without a hitch. Before you purchase (or round up) any pots for your fountain, go ahead and pinpoint the exact area outside where your fountain will live.
Make sure your space is large enough to accommodate the size of the fountain that you want. On the other hand, make sure you create a fountain that isn’t too small for a large space and becomes dwarfed by the surrounding area.
If you want to put it in your patio, make sure that you install it with a proper awning to protect your plant from the hot summer or rain.
2. Dig an Area in the Ground
You will want to place your planter low into the ground. You can surround your planter with flowers or other landscaping materials to make the entire area lush.
Plus, it will help hide the cord that’s going to be draping out of your fountain.
It doesn’t have to be too deep of a hole, enough to help stabilize the planter and help the fountain chord remain somewhat hidden.
3. Gather Your Materials and Tools Together
Next, gather all the tools and materials you will need and pick a spot outside to work. You will definitely want to complete this project in the outdoors or your garage area. It’s always helpful with any project to have everything in front of you at once.
4. Start the Assembly
Now that you have gathered your materials, it’s time to make your fountain! First, place the fountain kit inside the plastic bucket you will be using.
Seal any holes in your pot or container with the sealant. Next, add the bucket and fountain kit inside the container. Drape the power cord over the side, don’t worry - you won’t be able to see it.
5. Move the Container to the Designated Area
Now that you have assembled everything, it’s time to complete your fountain. Move your container to exactly where you want it to live in your yard.
Fill the plastic bucket with water and make sure the fountain cord is draped over the side. You will also need to make sure your cord can reach to wherever it is going to end up being plugged into. Now is the time to decide all this before you fill your container with the heavy rocks.
6. Secure the Bucket
The next step is optional but helps keep everything securely in place. You can use cheesecloth to cover the bucket or a metal shield. You can secure the cheesecloth that has been draped over the bucket with fishing wire. A homemade metal shield can also be used, if you want something even sturdier. Whatever you end up using to cover the bucket, make sure you cut a hole in the top to allow the fountain tubing to come through.
7. Fill the Container with Rocks
Fill the surrounding area inside the container with the rocks and the top of the plastic bucket so the bucket is completely concealed.
If you don’t want to use all rocks, you can also use potting soil and even plant flowers within the container too. Turn on your fountain and watch your water flow.
Get Creative with Your DIY Outdoor Fountain
You aren’t limited to using ceramic pots in order to create your own fountain. You could use the similar steps that are listed above except swap out the pots for the other unique vessels. When it comes to DIY outdoor fountains, there is no limit to what you can use for the flowing water.
Here are a few other ideas you could use for a distinct DIY outdoor fountain:
- Old Whiskey Barrels
- Wooden Barrels (make sure barrels are lined with plastic)
- Large Rocks
- Terra Cotta Pots
- Galvanized Metal Wash Bins, Buckets and Beverage Holders
- Ironworks such as teapots or buckets
Not only can you use these ideas, but think about other items that would hold a fountain kit. You could try a large box (like a garden planter). What about some type of fountain that could be secured on a wall? You would definitely be the envy of your neighbors then!
The other option for DIY outdoor fountains are the number of tiers you use. You can definitely create an even more dramatic look by adding two or three levels of containers. It will take more time and money for a multi-level fountain but the end result will be absolutely stunning.
Your tiers do not all have to be the same material either. You can combine a wooden barrel with a galvanized watering can for something truly one of a kind.
Whatever you end up choosing, adjust the size of the plastic bucket that holds the fountain kit and tubing. Always pick a bucket that is smaller than the actual container. Who knew there were so many options when it comes to making an outdoor fountain?
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Get Started With Your Own DIY Fountain
Now that you have the list of materials and instructions for creating your own DIY fountain, it’s time to start planning for your very own DIY fountain.
As you can see, it doesn’t take a lot of time or money to be able to make a fountain that is all your completely original design. The most important step in the process will be deciding where you want your outdoor oasis to be located.
This project will be so much fun and add such a wonderful touch to your outdoor space that it just might inspire several more projects for your outdoor oasis.