Just imagine the sound of a water feature in your garden and you’re almost there. A small garden fountain is simple to build and you can make one in a few hours. And, no pit to dig. You can install the fountain pump inside the container. One thing though, you’ll need to start building your water feature a day in advance to let the silicon caulk dry before adding water. Here’s what you’ll need and how I built mine.
DIY Water Feature
(updated May 2021)
NOTE: the “wood” boarder at the base rotted, after 6 years! I recently rebuilt the base after removing the old wood. I used a base of gravel, placed recycled pavers on the gravel, and surrounded the new base with recycled bricks (new boarder). After that, I put the fountain on top of the pavers and surrounded the container with the rocks. This should last for another six years at least! Here’s a photo of the new dog fountain or patio garden water feature DIY:
What you’ll need:
- Glazed plant container
- Diamond hole saw drill bit
- Fountain pump (I used a fountain pump manufactured by Beckett – good pumps)
- Silicon caulk
- Piece of 1/2-inch copper pipe (optional)
First, I purchased a kiln-fired glazed plant container, a fountain pump, and a tube of silicon caulk. You need a glazed plant container so your garden water feature won’t leak. Next, I cut a hole in the bottom of the container big enough for the plug to fit through. I used a diamond hole saw drill for granite, glass or tile which is a standard drill bit that you can use with a battery-powered hand drill. Take your time cutting the hole so the container doesn’t crack. Use a bottle of water to cool the drill bit as you drill; you don’t need much water at all.
After cutting the hole, I ran the pump’s electrical cord through the hole and filled the space around the cord with clear silicon caulk. I let the caulk dry overnight. The next day I filled the container with rocks and water and plugged it in – almost done. Next, I cut a piece of 1/2-inch copper pipe and connected it to a rubber hose that came with the pump; it will also fit over the pump’s plastic outlet-tube (if it comes straight up from the pump). It didn’t take long at all to make the water feature and it is a nice addition to our backyard landscaping. We received several positive comments about it from our friends. It was truly simple to make.
Oh, the dogs in the photos? That’s Lily (the chocolate) and this is Lily’s Pad. The yellow lab is Madison – she is special (according to Madison LOL). No doubt Lily knew I was making the water fountain for her all along. She waited patiently on the deck while I was building it. As soon as I plugged it in she started drinking from the fountain. Madison waited until Lilly tested it out first. Our other lab, Echo (black lab, now in dogie heaven), also loved drinking water from an outdoor fountain. The photo is Echo getting a massage with the Pet Stick.
Here are a few other websites for DIY water feature and fountains: