How to make a water feature out of pots?

Running water has a calming effect, doesn’t it? I’m not quite sure why we find that sound to be tranquil and relaxing, but I’m pretty sure that practically the entire world population feels the soothing effects. Whether you opt for buying an affordable premade fountain or decide to build your own, you’re bound to get some great inspiration from these gorgeous features that highlight nature’s most important element.

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Simple Urn

I like the simplicity of this urn fountain because although it certainly is a beautiful and eye-catching feature in a garden, it isn’t too fancy or overbearing. Just make sure that your pot or urn is specifically designed to remain outdoors so that this will last and make it through all weather conditions.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – EricaGlasener

Water Wall

This outdoor water wall is without a doubt one of the most striking and visually stunning garden projects I have ever laid eyes on. And the fact that you can make it with your own two hands just makes it so much more attractive, in my opinion. This will cost you around $250 to $300 which peanuts compared to the price if you were to buy it already made.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – TheInteriorFrugalista

Recycled Water Wall

If you have one of those round glass-top tables that you’re not sure what to do with, you should really consider using that glass piece to create this beautiful water wall – of course, a square shape would work, too. Repurposing materials will make this an affordable build.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – CentralTexasGardener

Stone Pond and Fountain

All you really need is one open weekend to create this lovely pond and fountain feature. The tutorial lays out the steps very clearly, so the project itself really isn’t that difficult to get done. If you have to buy the stone the whole project will probably cost around $200, but try to get the stone for free so that you can significantly lower your costs. If you really love working with stone, you could also make yourself this fantastic stone fire pit.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – TheFamilyHandyman

Tiered Pot Fountain

This fun project is a nice quick and easy one since you don’t really need all that many materials and tools. Take the time to trawl the gardening stores to find the perfect pots. And if you don’t have too much space and want to downsize, you can always use just two pots instead of three (alternatively, you can add another pot if you want it even bigger).

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Addicted2DIY

Teapot Fountain

I am a serious tea drinker, so this adorable teapot fountain is right up my alley! I absolutely love the combination of the rusty vintage teapot and wooden whisky barrel (you can use a wine barrel, too, of course) – it gives it that charming rustic look that I love so much.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Hometalk

Waterfall and Pond

If you want to save thousands on a lovely pond water feature, you can make something like this yourself for just a few hundred dollars. The original DIYer and tutorial writer got all her supplies from Lowe’s, so getting everything together won’t be much of a struggle. Don’t forget to make it your own in terms of your stone placement and plants.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – OhMy!Creative

Artesian Fountain

This particular artesian fountain will only take about two days to make and isn’t actually too big of a project, so don’t feel intimated by this one. This design makes use of a gravel-filled reservoir as opposed to a collection pond, the maintenance on the whole thing will be rather low.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – TheFamilyHandyman

Mini Water Garden

If you don’t have the space, money or time to build a pond but still desperately want a similar water feature, then this mini pond in a container is something you should strongly consider. The water lilies and lettuce look so pretty and calming in there, and thanks to its smaller size, this is the perfect way to beautify your porch.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – WhatsUrHomeStory

Slate Fountain

You don’t always have to make absolutely everything with your bare hands, you can buy yourself something really beautiful like this fountain that can be kept indoors. It’s a solid product that’s really easy to set up, built to last, and emits a very soft and soothing sound of flowing water that isn’t disrupted by the sound of the pump.

Available on here Kenroy Home Waterdrop Natural Slate Tabletop Fountain

Flower Pot Fountain

The beauty of this DIY fountain is all in the flower pots, so take your time to pick out some real stunners rather than the regular terra cotta pots. If you’re unsure of anything in the process of the build, have a look through the comments section – you should be able to find some answers to your questions there.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – TheHappyHomebody

Another Flower Pot Fountain

I just love all these flower pot fountain ideas because it really is the simplest way to make your own water feature with minimal effort, and it makes such an impact! This tutorial really shows you just how easy it is to set up yourself.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – BJLGravesStudio

Leaning Flower Pot Fountain

Look at what a difference it makes if you just lean the smaller pot ever so slightly! It totally changes the look. I love the fact that you can fill the pots with rocks that are very visible – it just adds to the beautiful visual impact. If you really like terra cotta as a material, then you’ll go crazy over our collection of outdoor terra cotta crafts.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – TheHappyHomebodies

Tire Pond

A couple of old tires can be repurposed to make a lovely little series of ponds in your yard. It’s a very simple build, and once you have the basic setup, you can put your own personal spin on it in terms of the decorative stones, plants and gravel.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – DIYnCrafts

Canoe Feature

Isn’t this just awesome?! I love the playfulness of the idea of filling a canoe with water instead placing it in water. It has a small submersible filter and is even home to some happy little goldfish. You won’t have to line since canoes are built to be waterproof in the first place, and you can have some real fun with the plants and decorating.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Hometalk

Stacked Stones

This stacked stone water feature really appeals to me because of the simplistic design and natural elements. It’s almost shocking to think (and see!) that merely stacking some stones on top of each other can make such an impact.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Instructables

Tiered Log Fountain

You would never guess that this isn’t actually a real log – it’s actually made from weather-resistant fiberglass and resin so you’ll get to enjoy it for a good number of years. I absolutely love the inclusion of the LED lights because it just makes it look so much more special. And it’s really easy to install so there’s nothing holding you back!

Available on here 22″ Walnut Log Indoor/Outdoor Garden Fountain

Wine Bottle Fountain

This is such a creative and fun way to reuse an old wine bottle – and I have many of those lying around! If you have a big collection of empties you can even make yourself a chandelier. Let your personality shine through with your own selection of decorations.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – HubPages:LoriGreen

Copper Water Wall

I’m so glad that someone decided to make this with copper because it’s one of my favorite materials! As the water continues to trickle down the wall, it’ll change the color of the copper sheet and leave some markings, which, I believe, will add some fantastic character to the piece. I just love the idea of natural elements changing this over time.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – J.ParisDesigns

Pondless Waterfall

If you really love that sound of water flowing over rocks and have a lot of space to work with, then this waterfall really is the ultimate DIY water feature. This project is fairly labor intensive, but just look at that showstopper! It’ll definitely we worth all your hard work.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – AllThingsHeart&Home

Light-Up Pot Fountain

This beautiful feature is made from polyresin and fiberglass, so although you can keep it indoors, it’ll be safe for outdoor use, too. I just love the LED lights that add to the sensory experience! This product has a very simple setup, so once delivered, you’ll have it up and flowing in no time.

Available on here Pots Water Fountain with Led Light

Bowl Fountain

This isn’t just a water fountain, it’s a piece of modern art! This gorgeous sculpture can really add to any outdoor space. Although the materials used are of good quality, this realistic-looking fountain should be sheltered from bad weather conditions during the cold winter.

Available on here Alfresco Home Rocca Resin Fountain, Brown

To Buy: Venetian Wall Fountain

This Venetian wall fountain looks like it’s made from heavy stone, but it’s actually made from lightweight yet durable fiberglass. It can be mounted on any wall, so getting it set up will hardly take up any time or effort. Sometimes it’s nice to treat yourself and buy something really pretty instead of going the DIY route.

Available on here Sunnydaze Venetian Outdoor Wall Fountain

Shower Waterfall

This rustic waterfall is so innovative and beautiful! I love how the wooden box hides the plastic container, and the fact that you can build that yourself and design it as you wish. The makeshift shower head is the real showstopper here, it’s what really makes this piece so eye-catching.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – TheCreativeMeAndMyMcG

Bamboo Feature

I really like the use of bamboo in this water feature – it gives it that little something different and it looks so elegant! This is a real cinch to make and get running, so this quick project is perfect for absolutely anyone.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – SAFAffect

Water Jug Fountain

This is such a wonderfully creative and playful project! The fun use of watering cans really is the ideal fountain to set in your garden amongst your plant life. Not only is this project really simple to put together, but it’s also really easy on the wallet, which is always a plus!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – SophisticatedJunkie

Tipsy Solar Fountain

Here’s another genius creative way to include a watering can in a DIY fountain project. The tipsy tiered planter is something we’ve seen many times before, but I’ve never seen it done with galvanized buckets, with a fountain twist, and with a solar powered pump system. Absolute brilliance!

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – FleaMarketGardening

Fountain Egg

If you want something calming and decorative your deck or porch that is easy to make from cheap materials, then you’re in luck! You should be able to find the egg at your local nursery, and the remaining items (bowl and fountain parts) should be easy to pick up.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Today’sCreativeLife

Disappearing Fountain

I love this feature because it’s looks simplistic and elegant without a visible reservoir. The decorative stones really make this feature the natural stunner that it is – I think a combination different types and colors would work wonderfully.

DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Instructables

Piano Fountain

Ok so there’s no tutorial for this piano fountain but I just had to include the image because it’s just so incredibly beautiful! A bit of eye candy for inspiration is never a bad thing. Doesn’t it look like it belongs in some magical, musical fairy tale?

Not only do waterfalls provide melodious tunes for the garden, but they provide necessary aeration to keep your ecosystem pond functioning and looking its best. With the use of easy-to-install kits, you have the option of creating a pond and waterfall, or a standalone waterfall (no pond). Regardless of which option you choose, waterfalls add beautiful sound in your outdoor living space.

To create a natural-looking waterfall, we’re sharing our favorite tips to help you achieve the waterfall (and yard) of your dreams!

Make your waterfall fit in with the surrounding area

If the terrain of your backyard is flat, keep your new waterfall in scale with the surrounding landscape and terrain by building a berm around the waterfall area. Several smaller drops of 4 to 9 inches or one drop – no more than 18 inches – will help blend your pond and waterfall seamlessly into your landscape.

The size of the stone should be proportional to the drop of the waterfall

The drop of the waterfall is the distance from where the water exits the Waterfall Spillway to where it hits the pond. Some of the main rocks should be several inches larger than the drop of the waterfall. For example, a drop of 12 inches should use rocks that are 16 inches in diameter in order for them to be in scale with the project.

The larger rocks should “frame” the waterfalls

Your waterfall will look more natural if you “frame” it with the largest of the rocks that you have chosen. Then, locate a rock with a flat surface and place it between the frame rocks. As the water falls, it will hit the larger stones and find its path through the spaces between them – just like in nature. Small rocks and gravel can then be used to fill in gaps. Remaining rocks can be set along the edge of the basin and gaps can be filled using smaller rocks or gravel. The waterfall will be the focal point of the water feature, so take your time and be creative.

The fewer, the better

Fewer rocks are better when building a waterfall. Three large stones are better than 12 small stones stacked up. Nature will provide you with some tips for designing and building your waterfall. You usually will see one very large stone, surrounded by few smaller ones, with the water running between them.

Twists and turns

If you’re creating a longer waterfall, be sure to twist and turn the waterfall and stream so that there are new views and facets with every turn, which looks better visually. Take your time on this part – designing twists and turns can be the best part of building the waterfall.

Provide a room with a view

For maximum enjoyment throughout the day, make sure your waterfall is visible from a regularly used window or patio door – wherever your family gathers most – in order to provide you views of cascading water from both inside and outside of your home.

Softening the edges

The more plant material you can line the falls and stream with, the better. It will soften the hard edges of all the stone. Also, if you create a good, planted backdrop to your berm it will look as though it’s always been there. Make sure it flows into the rest of your yard.

Above all else, study nature

Be sure to study natural streams and waterfalls to find ideas and inspiration. That is where the greatest waterfall builders in the world gain their inspiration!

Watch our video with step-by-step instructions:

How to Build a Fountain

You tried sweating it out in the sauna, you can’t let go in a yoga pose, and om isn’t exactly hitting home. And no wonder—you’re working too hard at relaxing. What you need is a place to sit quietly and contemplate the sounds of nature: birds chirping, breezes blowing, brooks babbling. What—no backyard brook? Not a problem. Just build yourself the next best thing, with a softly trickling garden fountain.

The project is nothing to get stressed about. In a mere weekend, you can fountain-ize most any leftover garden ornament, turning it into an enduring monument to tranquillity. Revive a defunct birdbath, declare your own ode to a Grecian urn, or drill holes in a stack of rocks you found on-site, as This Old House technical editor Mark Powers did for a friend one hot afternoon. When the job is finished and your fountain runneth over, you’ll rinse the tension from your bones in calm, cascading rivulets. Relaxation never seemed so easy.

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Building a Fountain Overview

Illustration by Gregory Nemec

A fountain Is composed of three things: water, which flows up a pipe and trickles back down in a continuous cycle; a pump, which propels the water; and a piece of sculpture, over which the water flows. The sculpture can be built from any material that will withstand constant water. For the project shown here, we used large stones found on-site, but pavers, some metals, or pottery will all work (see “Product)

Regardless of the fountain material, the guts of the system remain the same. It starts with a waterproof tub or basin that lines a hole in the ground to make a reservoir for the water. Above that is a rigid mesh screen that blocks large debris from getting into the tub. The screen is topped with a support system made from a strong but water-resistant material, such as composite decking, to keep the body of the fountain from falling into the basin.

The submersible pump is the heart of the system. It sits below the water line in the basin, recirculating and fine-filtering the runoff from above. Since the pump is electric, the fountain needs to be within reach of an exterior outlet—pump cords rarely reach beyond 50 feet, and manufacturers discourage the use of extension cords. It also needs to be accessible for maintenance after the fountain is built, so you’ll need to cut a trap door in the screen that’s big enough for you to reach in, unhook the pump, and pull it out. (The screen and support decking can be camouflaged with small stones or even mulch.) The pipe that carries the water to the top of the sculpture screws onto the pump. It also includes a small ball valve that will allow you to adjust the fountain’s flow, giving you the option of creating anything from a calming trickle to a formidable geyser.

Step 2

Dig the pump hole

Photo by Kolin Smith

Using a pointed shovel, dig a pit 2 inches deeper than the basin and wide enough to fit it. Put the soil in a wheelbarrow or on a tarp to protect nearby turf. Dig a narrow, shallow trench between the pit and the nearest exterior outlet.

Step 3

Set the basin and conduit

Photo by Kolin Smith

Lay a 2-inch-thick bed of drainage gravel in the pit. Place the basin atop the gravel. If necessary, shift the gravel so the basin doesn’t rock.

Measure the distance from the outlet to the edge of the pit. Cut a section of PVC conduit to this length. Thread a string through the conduit and tape one end of it to the pump’s plug. Pull the plug through the conduit. Tape the plug securely to the end of the conduit so it doesn’t get pulled back in. Lay the conduit in the trench and backfill over it.

Step 4

Dry-fit the parts

Photo by Kolin Smith

Center the pump in the basin. Lay the screen over the pit and mark it at the spot directly over the threaded outlet on the pump. Also mark the screen at the edge closest to the conduit.

Step 5

Mark an opening

Photo by Kolin Smith

Using utility scissors, cut out a 1-inch-wide circle at the center mark. Then cut a three-sided flap at the conduit mark that is big enough to allow you to reach in and remove the pump for servicing

Step 6

Connect the pipe and pump

Photo by Kolin Smith

Using a pipe cutter, cut a 4-inch section off the end of the copper pipe. Unscrew the compression fittings on the ends of the ball valve. Slide a nut from the ball valve, then the brass ring, or ferrule, onto the long section of pipe. Insert the pipe into one end of the ball valve, then finger-tighten the nut over the ferrule onto the valve. Attach the short section of pipe to the other end of the valve in the same manner.

Screw the threaded end of the adapter onto the pump outlet. Take apart the compression end and slide the nut, then the ferrule, over the short section of pipe. Connect the pipe to the pump with the compression fitting. Using an adjustable wrench, tighten all three compression nuts an extra quarter-turn.

Pour a 2-inch layer of drainage gravel in the bottom of the basin. Lay the pump in the center of the basin with the pipe sticking up. Slide the screen over the pipe and arrange it so the access flap is near the conduit.

Step 7

Fit the decking

Photo by Kolin Smith

Using a handsaw, cut sections of decking long enough to extend beyond the pit a few inches on either side. Lay the decking across the pit on top of the screen.

Step 8

Drill the stones

Photo by Kolin Smith

Stack the stones to create an aesthetically pleasing arrangement. Number the underside of each stone in pencil to keep track of the order as you unstack them.

Lay a stone on soft ground or gravel. Using a hammer drill fitted with a 5⁄8-inch masonry bit, drill through the flat side of the stone. Repeat for all the stones.

Tip: Keep a bucket of water near the drill. Intermittently pour some on the stone to keep it wet—and the drill bits cool—as you work.

Step 9

Assemble the fountain

Photo by Kolin Smith

Thread the stones over the copper pipe until they’re stacked and balanced. Mark the pipe where the stones end. Remove the top stone and use a pipe cutter to cut the copper pipe 1/4 inch below the mark. Replace the stone.

Fill the bin from a garden hose, adding enough water to rise 5 inches above the pump. Open the ball valve, plug in the pump, turn it on, and check the flow. Adjust the pressure with the ball valve.

Step 10

Finish up

Photo by Kolin Smith

Direct the water by spinning stacked stones. Wedge smaller stones into the gaps to keep the structure stable. To make the arrangement permanent, turn off the water and squeeze dabsof clear silicone adhesive between the stones. Allow the adhesive to dry before you turn on the fountain again. Once the fountain flows the way you’d like it to, close the screen and camouflage the base with small stones.

Tip: Check the basin’s water level regularly—especially in a heat wave—and replenish it to keep the pump constantly submerged.


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As I roll into my 3rd year of home ownership and continual landscape improvements, the time has come to create my perfect corner of tranquility. Knowing where my garden borders lie, and what plants compliment each other, have helped to provide me with an idea of where I would like to add further interest. The use of water in your garden is much more than how your plants utilize it; the addition of moving water incorporated into your garden becomes part of the overall design and desired comfort of your yard.

Waterfalls and water features are more than just pleasing aesthetics for your garden landscaping, they are a peaceful and mind-relaxing addition that brings ambiance to your outdoor living space. Whether in quantities of large or small, trickling water makes your yard look more spacious, and attracts beneficial birds and insects (like butterflies and other pollinators).

Waterscapes most definitely do not need to be large or expensive either. If you have the room, and want to use the space, there are many ways to fill your area and stay within your budget with a little bit of planning and a but you can easily use an inexpensive. If you are uncertain about the time and effort required for anything large, consider smaller waterfall features that incorporate falling water, but on a scale you can handle.

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Backyard Aquarium

Garden waterfalls don’t need to be traditional in nature. Consider mixing it up and having a bit of fun! Most people love to add fish into their ponds for both cleaning purposes, and something to look for, but if you aren’t interested in digging a pond, find yourself a good sized used aquarium at a local second-hand shop, and get creative!

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Waterwalls are becoming increasingly popular, and are fairly easy to incorporate into existing structures if you don’t feel like becoming an overnight carpenter. A simple pump system and some PVC pipe tucked against an overhead pergola or deck shade is all you need! Add in some decorative rock and an inexpensive plastic bin for collection, and you have a complete feature that is simple to winterize as well.

Reuse, Recycle


My favorite way to stay within budget is to look around at my collection of junk and then research how I can use it. This shovelhead waterfall feature is an awesome way to reuse your broken and old garden tools and create an original visual for added interest.

Small Spaces

Don’t give up on your dreams of a waterfall and pond. You don’t need to think large to have exactly what you want. A small garden corner can be easily transformed to add the interest you crave and the peace of a trickling stream on a scale that fits your needs.

Add to an Existing Waterscape

If your existing pond needs an update, consider adding a waterfall to spruce it up. A pump system, underlayment, concrete block, and whatever rocks, bricks, or stone you choose can be arranged to any size you want. Perennials or potted plants round out the look.

Rock Stack

Did you know that you can make a fountain out of just about anything? How about a stack of rocks? Incredibly fun to both make and add into your landscaping, this rock stack is a fun design and can be added almost anywhere!

Tinkling Notes

Bring new meaning to a musical fountain. Don’t overlook an old damaged piano! They can be repurposed in so many ways within your garden. My favorite? Using it as part of a waterscape!

Drift Away

Driftwood brings such a cool background to your flowers as a garden bed addition, planter, or waterfall addition. The twists and turns of water washed wood blends well into a decorative fountain or waterfall design.

Tabletop Experience

Upcycle an old glass, broken glass, or plexiglass, table top into a unique and fun waterfall using copper tubing and hose connections. As a backdrop, privacy screen, or part of your foreground, one thing is for certain: nobody will have another one quite like it!

Creative Construction


Piece together your own waterwall using some hardware store finds! Have a small yard, and need to add some interest along a concrete wall? This is a perfect design for both the big and small. Simple to design, this is a project that can be made to fit into any space you want.

Flower Pot Perfection


A waterfall doesn’t need to be a major project. Create a simple design using using inexpensive patio pots , a few rocks, and pump. Place in a garden bed, a porch corner, or even bring into your house once the weather begins to chill!

*You might also like: Revamp Patio Pots

Broad-Leafed Drop

Concrete and resin leaf designs have become increasingly popular and easy to find, but you can copy this delicate look using your own take to fit your landscaping style. Take a walk through your local garden centers and nurseries to get ideas for a personalized touch.

Bright Copper

Using metal in your landscaping doesn’t need to bring a modern touch if that isn’t your thing. Rather use touches of metal to add a rustic look, and to brighten dark corners or shady areas. This copper waterwall can be customized to any size you wish. Add a bit of lighting to it for an evening treat as well!

Tranquil Trickle

Another simple take, this waterwall design uses bamboo and simple carved posts for support. Create a waterscape below, or make a disappearing pool, and sit back to enjoy the falling effect of water over stone in your garden.

Natural Touch

Just because you have an obvious man-made water feature, such as a pool or hot tub, taking up a space in your yard doesn’t mean the space around it is wasted. Add in the natural touch of a waterfall and incorporate your design into the yard, rather than allowing it to dominate your yard.

Tiered Privacy

Achieve this look using concrete slabs, large stones, metal sheets, or even wooden fencing. Simply add in a waterfall using multiple pumps and your choice of material to allow directional flow.

Building Purposes

Inexpensive building supplies make awesome waterfall supports. Galvanized steel venting materials are great choices to add height and interest to any yard space. Plant in a pot and place wherever you want an extra ‘splash’ of sound.

Add Some Bubbly

You knew you were keeping those old wine bottles for a reason didn’t you? Take a few of your favorites and create a cool little waterfall perfect for any space indoors or out! Bottle props can be created from a variety of different objects, so start looking to find your perfect fit!

Best of Both Worlds

Why have a pond without a waterfall? Use (or reuse) a rain gutter to get water to where you want it, and create a gentle flow of moving water that double as your own personal bubbling brook.

Graceful Falls


Simple waterfall design use basic pond pump and fountain pump parts you can either order or pick up at a local garden center. Pick one you love and design you waterscape around it!

Play a Melody

Put your old piano to use, double time! As a planter and a waterfall, waterproofed old instruments can provide the ‘wow’ factor you’ve been looking for. Simply look for a good finish to help protect aging materials.

Elegant Touch

Oversized pots fit well into landscape designs by adding texture and color in unexpected places. Add in a below ground collection tank with your choice of landscaping to provide a bit of music to your senses as well.

Disappearing ‘Deck’adence

Not sure where to add in a waterfall? Use an existing feature and add to it, like using your deck as your waterfall source through a quick boxed addition that houses your pump. Don’t feel like you need a pond – a disappearing pond feature is just as elegant a touch!

Expect the Unexpected


Why create something like everybody else? Take advantage of your existing landscape design to add in the whimsical. In this case tiered galvanized watering cans guide your way into a new area of garden exploration.

Take Two

Pond features are fun to have, especially if they are found in unexpected places, but if you have one, why not two? Especially if they are linked by a waterfall? Waterfalls not only help keep sediments moving for better filtration, they also help add oxygen back into the water- an essential element for both plant and vertebrate life!

Garden Surprise

Sometimes the most simple of ideas become the most popular. I love this idea of using piping to create a natural ground water pipe source. And what’s best? You can do this ANYWHERE in a garden to add a bit of ambiance and interest with very little time investment.


No room? Never fear, waterfalls can fit nicely into challenging spaces with a little ingenuity, especially if you have some room available as a backdrop. Simple and inexpensive containers bolted to existing structures make elegant choices for your eclectic tastes.

Out With the Wash

Use old ‘washtub’ planters and unwanted (or unusable) spigots to run your pump and create waterfalling features that are sure to wow. Built into a hillside, or planned as a stand alone, this is a weekend project that is doable for the most waterfall challenged amongst us!


Pick a statue already set up for your water feature, fall in love with it, and bring it home. Don’t fret if you haven’t found the perfect spot, or aren’t sure how to get it set up yet- just keep scrolling for ideas and I bet you can piece one together in no time!

Whimsical Waterfall

I can’t get enough of old galvanized garden materials. Leave them as is, paint to fit your decor, or antique to provide an aged look- no matter your choices, using them as the central focus of your waterfall feature is sure to be show stopper. Simple stack using iron rod supports, or bolt to a sturdy post, to create a tipsy, turvy fall of water.

Going Up

I love to use vertical spaces. So many people forget that ‘going up’ saves space and creates interest. This is especially true if you are an urban dweller, or only have a patio space to decorate. Utilize your space and create private tranquility with this partial bamboo wall and waterfall.

Another Man’s Treasure

This feature is another take on old pumps and unused containers. Anything that can hold water can be incorporated into a water feature of some sort. Old basins, buckets, tubs, and pots are often popular choices to put to use.

Deceptive Depth

Waterfall features can provide a depth to your yard and make it look deceptively larger than what it really is. This is because waterfalls give the impression they are flowing from a source located elsewhere in your landscape, when in fact they generally come from a source directly below it. Adding a waterfall to a pond, no matter what the size, is a choice you can hardly regret.

Expanding Interest

You might have your entire yard already beautifully landscaped, and are unsure of where you could add a waterfall, despite your desire for one. Why not use a simple expansion of an existing feature? Sturdy fences, sculptures, walls, or even trees can serve as a support for falling water. No need to go big (unless that’s your desire). This idea can be sized down substantially to provide the feature you want.

Hillside Happiness

If you have a hillside on your property, use it. Nothing creates a more natural waterfall than an existing downhill slope that requires very little planning other than laying out the waterproofing needed to keep the water from soaking into the soil.

The First Frontier


What is the first thing people see walking up to your front door? In my case it’s my poorly planned front yard landscaping. Is that the first impression you want to give? Too many times we focus on our backyard hideaway where we spend the majority of our time, and neglect the front of the house. A simple waterfall and pond changes that completely and gives a welcoming first impression to your visitors.

Go Big or Go Home

Sometimes when we think waterfall, we have in our minds something we can look up at, not down upon. Most of us cannot fathom having anything more than a simple garden waterfall to bring the sound of moving water to our outdoor living areas, but if you can, go big. Stacked rocks and elaborate planning went into this gorgeous design that truly defines the meaning of waterfall.

Light It Up

Big or small, strategically placed lighting brings ambiance and tranquility to your favorite waterscapes. Underwater lighting, solar lighting, and spotlighting are all options to consider when planning out your yard design.

Fire It Up

You know that old truck sitting in your yard? Use it. Ok, maybe you don’t have an old truck, but odds are you can get part of one to use at a local junk yard for minimal cost (or maybe you know somebody who would be happy to let you have one for free just for hauling it out of their space). Rather than letting it rust away in the elements, give it a good coat of rustoleum, and set it up as the base for a truly original water feature.

Malleable Metal

Copper piping is going to be your choice material due to its malleability and ease of use when forming supports and to to get water from one place to the next. But it doesn’t need to be just the unseen hero of a waterfall – why not make it the main event? Shiney copper will age and color in unique ways and add a changing interest to your garden over time.

Solar Powered


Waterfalls need a pump, and pumps need electricity, or does it? The answer is yes, they do need a power source, but it doesn’t have to be from an electrical outlet. If you have a yard like mine, power is few and far between (no end of frustration there), but you can easily use an inexpensive o fit your decorative vision! to power your waterfall feature anyplace you desire!


There really is no end to how many designs you can think up concerning your ideal waterfall feature. Small or large, there is no such thing as too small a space to add in the ambiance of a bubbling brook- as seen by this pretty tiered matching pot set.

Modern Take’

Bring sleek and sophisticated lines to contemporary landscaping with upright waterfall features using posts, sculptures, and vases. Create eye catching, dramatic, points of interest throughout your landscape to help balance larger plantings within your yard.

Arching Elegance

As a kid I was always fascinated with gardens that incorporated arching waterfalls that disappeared into pebbled walkways and reflecting pools. Create your own water arches to bring light and interest into your landscaping design.

Tiny Tableau


Include some drama on your patio tables or sideboard, and add to the story of backyard company. Bubbling waterfalls are a quick project to add to any gathering place with your choice of fountain kit to fit your decorative vision!

Bamboo Bliss


Either purchase a bamboo kit, or make your own,to follow this tutorial and add a tranquil touch to the space of your choice using simple lines and materials. Bamboo is a popular choice for small waterfall features as it holds up well to humid conditions and provides the elegance you crave.

Rippling Pools

Mix and match old tire sizes and depths on a hillside to create a flowing waterfall feature that requires little more than your own energy output. Plus you get the satisfaction of knowing you are reusing unwanted material and making it into something beautiful.

Fire and Water


I’m not sure if this would be counterproductive to the heating effect of the fireplace, but it sure is a neat effect! Combine your waterfall with the unexpected in a totally different, and unique way. One thing is for certain- it creates a year round interest that I would love to lounge around at.

*You might also like: 31 Awesome Hot Tub Enclosure Ideas!

Paved Perfection


I love the pondless waterfall features due to their simplicity and ease of setup and design. Pavers of all shapes and sizes are fun to shop for and choose based on your color and textual preferences.



Another take on the boring corner transformation- Don’t ignore those out of the way corners! Take the mundane and create something magical with a quick trip to your garden center and a short list of needs.

Tires Take Two

Love the idea of upcycling old tires, but don’t have enough room to create falling pools? Spatial constrictions don’t need to be a hindrance. Simply use one, of any size, and add in an inexpensive fountain feature to get the desired effect of falling water.

Tiered Terracotta

Terracotta pots are popular for patio plantings due to their durability and old fashioned nostalgia. But they can be repurposed in so many ways, as seen by this miniature waterfall you can place in any garden or patio location. What’s even more convenient: you can simply pick it up or take it apart to winterize with very little hassle involved!

Build on Budget

Many of the ideas I’ve shared are very budget friendly, and this particular project shows just how little you have to spend to get your desired water feature, even if you want to go bigger than you think you can afford. Check out how to create your own concrete rocks, and consider using some of the mentioned materials in prior tutorials (such as tires) to save even more money!

Waterfall Reflection

All too often I notice landscaping sacrificed for the want of a pool or hot tub, as if the two cannot exist in harmony with one another.. If you are planning an inground pool, consider what it takes to convert your filter system into a waterfall to add additional interest and depth to your yard.

Existing Elegance

If you have an existing wall in place, then adding in pavers, basins, or even broken birdbaths with a little bit of concrete and well placed vegetation can turn blah into brilliance with just a little elbow grease.

*You might also like: 72 of the Best Bird Bath Ideas for Any Yard: #47 IS SUPER COOL!

Waterscape Alcove

Invite mystery into your yardscape with a bit of height and depth using rocks and water. This intriguing design was built into piled soil leftover from the pond and reinforced using concrete and stacked landscape rocks.

Meandering Waterdrop

Existing water sources can be carefully controlled by digging out the waterbed and adding a bit of river rock to keep both the water on course, and the soil from eroding. This also gives you the opportunity to use the water in your landscaping design and create the bubbling brook of your dreams.

Upcycle for Purpose

Old water pumps are easy to find in antique stores or flea markets, so grab one up the next time you see one. Since they are already built for the passage of water, running your hose through them is a piece of cake, and they make an artistic statement when used in a traditional sense.

Slabstone Put to Use

Gardening slabs and slate are beautifully thin and wide to disperse your water and create trickles and streams that will lull your yard to a sense of peace. Water sources are easy to hide beneath easy to lift slabs for maintenance and winterizing purposes.

Back It Up!

Back that old pickup truck into your yard space as an eclectic and amusing way to greet your visitors when they come to call. Why let an old junker rust away to nothing, when it can be given new life as a purposeful part of your garden blueprint?

Gutter Mania

Using materials in a non-traditional way is my favorite way to put building and housing supplies to use. You see a gutter, I see a trickling stream… water faucet? I see a waterfall feature. Let your imagination take flight and put together a wholly unique and artistic waterfall from the bits and pieces you find at a local hardware store.

Boxy Beauty

Pavers, bricks, concrete, and planters are all great materials to put to use in ways other than they were created for. It’s like building blocks for adults! Nothing is more rewarding than creating the perfect waterfall for your garden that nobody else will have.


Yes, you really can! Follow this tutorial to see how simple it is to create your own hand carved stone waterfall. All you need is the correct materials and tools, which are all readily available at a landscape supplier and garden center.


Waterwall features, although rather spacious, are unique in that they can be placed up against existing vertical planes, or be free floating and used to break up the flow of landscape areas. USe them as a window to take a peak into a new part of your garden.

Carved Creation

Similar to the carved feature above, why not combine multiple carved blocks to create your own waterfall along the top of a wall, or used as a garden border? The fun thing about using stone is how many ways it can be utilized in a landscape design.

Time For Tea

I’ve been trying to mix in a bunch of ways you can utilize objects you may already have around your home, or those easy to find in garage sales or flea markets. These types of materials make the most original waterscapes that express part of who you are as a gardener, like this teapot waterfall design.



I dream of an outdoor patio bar, and I’m determined to have a wine themed waterfall after seeing this fun tutorial. Visit your local party supply store for fun and decorative oversized glasses, and keep your favorite empty bottle of bubbly back for the perfect fit!

Soothing Shower

Get creative with this idea that is part waterwall and part shower head feature. Make your own pipe extension, or buy a waterbar, but be sure to place it where you will best enjoy the soothing drip of water as a highlight of your backyard decadence.

Rain Chain Waterfalls

I haven’t a clue why more rain chains aren’t used in waterfall designs, but this project nails it! I have always enjoyed the elegance of rain chain designs and the way they draw your eye to areas usually unnoticed and ignored.

Rustic Wheels

Old wheelbarrows have become one of my favorite finds to put to use in my garden design, hence why this particular waterfall speaks to my soul. Combined with the old pump, and details like an old tin cup round this design out to something I desperately want to recreate!

On Ice

Invite your guests to the party with this incredibly original bucket of drinks ‘on ice’ to create a background ambiance and give your patrons something to talk about. Just make sure they know the real from the decor!

Get the Party Started

If you like to entertain, this is the perfect design for your outdoor gathering space. Brightly colored glasses and wine bottles pair up to help set the mood for a fun and lively crew of company.

Wine Wall


This is an amazing take on the water wall idea I wish I had thought of. Colored glass bottles are a fun addition when added throughout your garden, but to integrate them into a waterfall feature by the case is ingenius. Mix and match to the design you want, and set into wood, concrete, or any other medium that fits your backyard decor.

Start Digging!

You know you all have been there: holding the broken end of an old sturdy garden tool that finally gave up the ghost. Save these pieces and visit a local flea market to pick up a few extra. Then be sure to ignore the looks your spouse might give you for bringing home broken tools, because they will be praising your creativeness when they see your creation!

Slippery Slide

Despite the depth and interest staggered materials provide when creating a waterfall, sometimes simple lines are all it takes to create the elegance you crave. Line up your basined materials to create a sleek design.

Farmyard Fun

A walk through an old farm or ranch will turn up most everything you need for a old fashioned waterfall made out of repurposed, and much loved tools and equipment.

Where Will You Begin?

I’ll admit, looking through all these amazing ideas have tickled my creative side and I am totally overwhelmed as which idea I love the most! But I know for sure that a few of these tutorials and tips are going to be put to use in creating at least one (and I strongly suspect multiples) of these waterfalls.

Do you have any favorites you can’t wait to try? Or any of your own and tips you’d love to share? Please comment below and let us know where you will begin! And as always, please share!

*You might also like: 10 Tips for Backyard Designs for Entertaining.


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Water features are beautiful as well as calming and peaceful. Here are 33 easy DIY tutorials to help you build your own! Whether indoors or outdoors – water features are an easy way to bring tranquility and relaxation to any home.

I think my favorite from the list below is #13… the “Large Pot Fountain”. I think when the water falls naturally onto the pebbles and then recirculates back through the ground and out again creates a really nice affect.

What’s YOUR favorite idea? Comment or simply “PIN” the idea you’d like to build. Thanks!

#1 Underground Solar Fountain

#2 Three Tiered Garden Fountain

#3 Bamboo Fountain

#4 Outdoor Garden Fountain

#5 Bird Bath Fountain

#6 Planter Fountain

#7 Miniature Grass Fountain

#8 Three Tiered Potted Fountain

#9 Bubbling Fountain

#10 Disappearing Fountain

#11 Three Tiered Flower Pot Fountain

#12 Indoor Waterfall

#13 Large Pot Fountain

#14 Large Planter Fountain

#15 Ceramic Fountain

#16 Mosaic Sink Fountain

#17 Chain Water Fountain

#18 Recirculating Water Fountain

#19 Ceramic Pot Fountain

#20 Sculptured Fountain

#21 Indoor Fountain

#22 Corner Shelf Fountain

#23 Silver Planter Fountain

#24 Small Vase Fountain

#25 Terracota Solar Fountain

#26 Stone Planter Fountain

#27 Terracota Planter Fountain

#28 Two Tiered Terracota Fountain

#29 Two Tiered Planter

#30 Unique Two Tiered Fountain

#31 Waterfall and Stream

#32 Waterfall Bird Bath Fountain

#33 Watering Can Fountain


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