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Natural-looking artesian DIY backyard water fountain

This DIY backyard water fountain features running water

Water comes up through a hole in the stone and overflows the fountain.

If you’re looking for eye-catching water features for your patio, deck or even front entry, this natural-looking artesian DIY water fountain will do the trick. We designed this fountain around a special stone, one with a 1-in. hole drilled through it. Water from the pump gurgles up through the hole and overflows the stone. To reduce maintenance, we eliminated the collection pond. A gravel-filled reservoir below collects the overflow for recirculation. Since no sunlight can reach the water in the reservoir and support algae growth, the water stays pristine. You’ll have algae growing near wet areas, but it only contributes to the natural look.

In this article, we’ll show you how to select and drill a boulder that’ll mimic a natural artesian well. We’ll also show you how to construct a simple under-gravel reservoir using 5-gal. pails. The decorative choices—the top-dressing stones, fountain stone and plants—we leave to your own creative eye and inspiration. You can design your own unique water features using these basic plans.

The whole building process is simpler than you might think, and you don’t need any special skills or tools. But it’s not a completely no-sweat job. You’ll have to dig an 8 x 10-ft. hole about 2 ft. deep and dump in gravel. That’s the only genuinely heavy work. You can easily have this project up, running and finished in a day once you’ve gathered the materials.

The fountain we show cost about $1,000 including the pump, rock fill, pond liner and pad, and all of the boulders, including the one that’s drilled. But your pond doesn’t have to be as large and elaborate as ours. You can design a smaller version that will cost as little as $200. All you need is one water-spouting boulder resting in a small area of decorative stone for a beautiful conversation piece for your garden.

Backyard Water Fountains: The planning steps

Test the water flow

Bring water from home and pour it over the water feature stone you choose to test the water flow.

Figure A: Fountain details

This illustration shows how the DIY water fountain is constructed. See the Additional Information section for a larger, printable image.

The water basin is a two-tiered hole: a shallow end where the boulders rest and a deeper end that serves as the reservoir (Figure A). The 5-gallon pails (Photos 5 – 8) create a large reservoir volume, so you don’t have to add water often. They also reduce the amount of coarse gravel needed to fill the hole. (We ran this fountain most of the summer and found that we only needed to add water every week or two, depending on the weather.) All of the pails but the one containing the pump are positioned about 5 in. below the surface to leave room for potted, water-loving plants.

We elevated the pump pail so the lid lies just below the surface for easy pump access. We drilled all of the pails with holes sized to keep out the gravel (Photo 5) but let the water seep in. If you build a smaller fountain with fewer 5-gallon pails, monitor the water level more frequently. If the reservoir goes dry, the pump may be ruined.

Begin your search for fountain stone by calling stone suppliers that either custom drill stones or have a selection of predrilled stones (or search online for natural stone). Prices will range between $50 for small stones and upwards of $2,000, plus delivery and placement charges, for 1-ton stones with natural basins.

Deciding on the fountain stone is the hard part. Bring several gallons of water with you and pour water over your stone selections to see how it flows. Adjust the stone to alter the flow. Look for a stone that has natural chutes or channels if you’re seeking a “stream-like ” flow, or one that has a natural basin if you’re after a gurgling-up-from-the-ground look. Pick a stone that’s less than 15 in. thick at the fountain hole location; that’s the limit for available drill shafts.

Our fountain stone cost $75, and we paid $150 for the boulders that supported and surrounded it. If you don’t have a source for drilled stones, buy a stone and drill it yourself. It’s easier than you think. (See “Drilling a Stone.”)

Drilling a Stone

Just about any stone is “drillable,” with only a few exceptions (petrified wood being one). You’ll need to rent a rotary hammer drill and a 1-in.-diameter masonry bit long enough to drill through the stone you choose.

Drilling your own stone may only take a few minutes, depending on the hardness and thickness of the stone. It’s noisy, so wear hearing and eye protection. Don’t force the drill; let the weight of the hammer drill do the work. Pull the bit out of the stone every inch or so to clear the dust. If you’ve picked out a rounded stone, stabilize it before drilling by digging a little crater in the ground to rest it in. The 1-in. bit may slide off the rounded surface when you start drilling. If so, drill a 1/2-in.-deep pilot hole with a 1/2-in. bit.

Backyard Water Fountains: Select a site and dig the hole

Photo 1: Mark the fountain location

Group the pails and roughly assemble the stone fountain. When you’re satisfied, mark the edges with spray paint.

Photo 2: Dig out the fountain

Dig the reservoir end of the hole 6 in. deeper than the pail height and the fountain end 6 in. deep overall.

Pick an area that has no more than a few inches of slope over the length and width of the water feature you plan to build.

Roughly assemble your fountain and other decorative large stones and cluster the 5-gallon pails to locate the deep end of the basin (Photo 1). Use a rope to shape a natural-appearing perimeter for the basin and gravel bed. Keep in mind that a larger basin means more digging!

Our excavation is about 4 ft. wide and 8 ft. long. Dig the deeper part of the hole with steep sides and a flat bottom to leave plenty of room for the pails. Use the depth of the pails as a guide to the proper depth (Photo 2).

Backyard Water Fountains: Lay in the padding and pond liner

Photo 3: Insert the carpet and liner pad

Lay carpeting in the bottom of the hole. Then lay in the liner pad, folding it to follow the contours of the hole.

Photo 4: Place the liner in the hole

Unfold the liner and center it over the hole. Push it into recesses and pleat it wherever necessary to fit against the sides of the hole.

Photo 5: Drill holes in the buckets and set them in the hole

Drill four columns of 1/2-in. holes around the middle and near the bottom and top of each pail. Then snap on the lids and rest the pails in the hole.

The whole purpose of the pond liner padding is to protect the waterproof liner from punctures, but it won’t offer complete protection. Cut off roots flush with the bottom and sides of the hole and dig out sharp stones.

Lay indoor/outdoor or any other old carpeting beneath the padding to further protect the liner (Photo 3), especially where the pails and heavy stones will sit. Then line the entire hole with the liner pad (Photo 3). If you need to cut it to fit the contours better, go ahead. Just do your best to keep folds to a minimum and avoid large voids between the soil and the pad.

Work in your socks when you’re installing the pond liner to reduce the chance of damage. Start by unfolding the liner and centering it over the hole. Work the liner well into the transition between the bottom and the sides, folding neat, flat pleats wherever necessary to help it fit (Photo 4). The weight of the fill and water will push the liner into any remaining small voids. Add another layer of carpeting or pond liner scraps under the boulder and pail positions to further guard against punctures (Photo 5).

Backyard Water Fountains: Add the pails and fill in the hole

Photo 6: Cut the rim off the bucket

Cut off the rim from the pump pail and cut and fold down a 1-1/2-in.-wide x 2-in. flap at the top for the water line and electrical cable.

Photo 7: Spread gravel around the buckets

Backfill around the reservoir pails with 1-in. to 2-in. gravel, resting the pump pail on the gravel so its top becomes even with grade. Keep the gravel 2 in. below grade.

Use either a spade bit or a twist bit to drill 1/2-in. drain holes in all the pails as we show in Photo 5. To make accessing the pump easier, we suggest cutting off the lid-locking lip of the pump-containing pail (Photo 6).

When you start backfilling around the pails, they’ll want to shift a bit, so keep a foot on the lids while you shovel a few inches of rock around each base. Be sure to keep the height of the pump pail about 2 in. below grade level (Photo 7). Stop filling at this point. The pea gravel will fill the final 2 inches (note: for this size fountain, about 25 bags of pea gravel were used).

Backyard Water Fountain: Lay in the top-dressing rock and arrange the fountain and filler stones

Photo 8: Attach the water line to the pump

Connect the water line to the pump and route it to the stone fountain location, avoiding areas where heavy stones will rest.

Photo 9: Spread the pea gravel

Pour in and level the pea gravel until it’s even with the edges (we used about 25 bags for this project). Then use a steel rake to even out the surface.

Photo 10: Adjust the fountain builders and test the water’s path

Place and roughly adjust the fountain boulders using a garden hose placed near the fountain hole to simulate the water’s path. Then flip over the boulder to access the underside of the hole.

Figure B: Fountain fittings

Use a hose clamp to attach the adapter to the water line. Then screw the elbow to the adapter.

Photo 11: Connect the fountain fittings to the water line

Cut the water line to length and attach the fountain fittings. Coat the plastic elbow with silicone sealant and work the fittings into the hole on the underside of the fountain stone.

Photo 12: Lock the stones in place with pond foam

Test the water flow by filling the basin and running the pump. Shim the stones as necessary, then fill around the stones with pond foam to lock them into place.

Photo 13: Decorate the fountain

Scoop out the pea gravel and set in potted pond plants, then finish the water feature with decorative topdressing and perimeter edging stones.

Corrugated tubing verses vinyl tubing

Corrugated pond tubing is sturdier than traditional vinyl tubing.

Hook up the pump to the water line and rest it on the bottom of the pump pail (Photo 8). Position the larger base rocks at this point, and then pour the pea gravel around them and top off the rest of the feature (Photo 9).

Arrange the fountain stone and other stone supports or features in the shallow end of the hole. Use a flowing garden hose near the hole in the fountain stone and tinker with the stones until the flow pattern approximates the look you’re after (Photo 10).

When you’re satisfied, tip over the fountain stone to expose the hole, cut the water line to length and clamp on the plastic fittings (Photo 11). Test-fit the fitting end in the fountain hole; you may have to grind or chisel off the plastic barbs on the fitting to make it tight. Coat the fitting with silicone caulk and slip it into the hole. Let it set for an hour and then reset the stone.

Now fill the reservoir by laying a garden hose on the gravel and running water through it until the pump pail is full. Rest the pump at the bottom of the pail and then plug it in for a test run. Readjust the stones as needed to get the ideal water flow.

If you stack boulders and smaller stones to form a more elaborate fountain, use expanding “pond foam” between the stones to stabilize the pieces. Protect the stones from overflowing foam by tucking aluminum foil in the areas you want to keep free of foam (Photo 12). Start with small amounts of foam and try to keep it out of sight by shoving the dispensing tube deep into the crevices.

After the foam sets (about two hours), tear away the foil and cut off any exposed foam with a knife or saw. If water “sticks” to the side of the stone as it runs off and your goal is a mini waterfall, let the stone dry and then apply a bead of silicone to the water side of the stone. The silicone will repel the water and help it “fall.”

Finish the water feature by trimming off the overhanging liner and pad even with the rim of the hole. The liner is best cut with a utility knife and the pad with a scissors. Add whatever other top-dressing or perimeter stones and plants you wish.

If you live in a cold climate, take your pump in for the winter and store it in a pail of water to keep the seals wet. Don’t worry about draining the reservoir; freezing won’t hurt it a bit.

Buying a Water Pump

A 300-gph (gallons per hour) water pump will give you the type of flow you see in our opening photo. If you’d like a smaller, gurgling flow, buy a 200-gph pump or install a restrictor valve at the pump to allow you adjust the flow.

We selected a low-voltage pump because it’s safer and the wiring is easier to install. In fact, you only need to bury the cable an inch or two below grade. For a standard 120-volt pump, however, you’ll have to apply for an electrical permit, bury the wire much deeper and install a GFCI protected outlet.

Additional Information

Required Tools for this Water Feature Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY water fountain project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Caulk gun
  • Cordless drill
  • Drill bit set
  • Dust mask
  • Garden rake
  • Hearing protection
  • Safety glasses
  • Spade
  • Tape measure
  • Utility knife
  • Wheelbarrow

You’ll need to rent a rotary hammer and a 1-in. masonry bit. You can use a corded or cordless drill.

Required Materials for this Water Feature Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.

  • 1- to 2-in. smooth round stone (about 1000 pounds for large fountain)
  • 1-in. elbow
  • 1-in. male adapter
  • A small roll of indoor/outdoor carpeting (or any other old carpeting you may have on hand).
  • Boulders
  • Corrugated pond tubing only.
  • Five 5-gallon pails with lids.
  • Garden hose
  • Pea gravel
  • Pond liner padding
  • Pump
  • Silicone caulk
  • Spray paint
  • Two tubing clamps
  • Waterproof liner

Last Updated on November 6, 2019

Your backyard is a place for your family to have fun together. It shouldn’t be a part of your home that you avoid because it has nothing to offer.

So here’s a DIY project that will turn your backyard into an amazing outdoor space!

It looks magnificent, doesn’t it? This rain shower fountain was built by the owners themselves, and with the right tools you can definitely build one yourself too!

It’s a simple but elegant water feature that will no doubt look great in any garden. You can also get waterproof LED strip lighting and install it above or below the water line, so that the water droplets are more visible. You can also do a bit of research to see if other lighting options are available to produce awesome visual water effects!

No matter what size your garden is, you can always build a rain shower fountain by simply adjusting the dimensions according to your space. Even a mini version will bring life to your backyard garden, especially at night!

Do you think your garden could use a rain shower fountain? 🙂

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You’ll need these materials:

  • 3 pcs 6”x6”x8’ Pressure Treated Lumber
  • 10’ 1 ¼” Copper Pipe
  • 2 pcs 1 ¼” Copper Elbows
  • Blow Torch and Copper Solder OR Copper Epoxy
  • 3’ of 1 ½” ID Plastic Tubing and (2) 1 ½” Elbows
  • 2’ of Toro Blue Stripe ½” Drip Tubing
  • Pondmaster MDWP-20 Waterfall Pump
  • 1-½” PVC Ball Valve
  • Exterior Wood Stain
  • 5 bags 50lb Fast Set Concrete
  • HDX 55 Gallon Tough Tote Plastic Storage Container
  • 40 mil PVC Pond Liner 5’ x 8’
  • 8 pcs 3/8” x 6” Landscape Timber Lag Screws
  • 200 lbs Black Mexican Beach Pebbles

And these tools:

  • Spirit Level
  • Post Hole Digger or Shovel
  • Miter Saw (optional)
  • Drill (with ¼” drill bit and 1 ½” hole saw bit)
  • Router (with 1” dish carving router bit and ½ “ straight router bit)
  • Oscillating Multi Tool OR Wood Chisel

Steps:

Prep the area: We removed the rocks, old pond, cut down the existing trees and bushes, and leveled the surface.

Cut and miter the beams: The finished size will be 65” wide x 80” high (this is the exposed size – remember that there is an extra 16” height buried in the ground). This makes our 2 vertical beams 96” each, and the horizontal beam 65”. Mitering the corners was difficult, due to the size of the beams, so this is optional. If you decide not to miter, just stack the top beam onto the vertical ones – it will still look good, and save you quite a bit of work. If you do this, though, just remember to cut 5 1/2” off the vertical beams to make up for the extra height, and to keep the same height-width ratio of the finished product.

Make the horizontal beam with water pipe assembly: If you’re facing the fountain, your water supply line will be on the RIGHT side. So, start on the LEFT side of the horizontal beam, and cut a channel into the underside of the beam to hold the copper pipe. Since the wood is pretty dense, we’re going to do this in progressive steps. First, use a straight ½” router bit and make a channel ¾” deep. Stop about 1” from the RIGHT end. Then, run a 1” dish carving bit along the left edge of the channel. Finish by running this same bit on the right edge of the channel. This will provide enough space for the 1 ¼” copper pipe.

Next, we’ll finish off the RIGHT end by cutting a 1 ½” hole so the pipe can pass through.

Drill water flow holes for the copper pipe and insert into routed beam: Insert copper pipe into beam. Then Drill ¼” holes into every 1” of the copper pipe. Blow out the metal shavings and make sure the inside of the pipe is clean. Solder a cap onto the LEFT end of the copper pipe.

Cut right side vertical beam for pipe fitting: Now we have to make a cutout in the RIGHT vertical beam to make room for the pipe. Using a 1 ½” hole saw, cut a channel for the pipe.

Finish copper pipe assembly: Solder the connections. Note that we placed a rag soaked in cold water on the pipe, a few inches from the connection. This keeps the pipe cool enough to prevent damage to the wood while soldering.

Next, we take ¼” of a Toro Blue Stripe drip line, and cut into ½” pieces. We insert a piece into each hole of the copper pipe. This is important, because the tubing causes the water to flow straight down. Without it, the water will flow in uneven directions.

Dig holes for beams and water container – check for proper fit: We’re setting the beams 16” into the ground. The water container is actually a 55 gallon storage bin from Home Depot. You can use whatever size you have available, preferably over 20 gallons so you’re not constantly refilling with water. Make sure your holes are of equal depth and the height of the beams are identical.

Stain the beams: First, apply base coat of Padre Brown. When dry, lightly sponge on some Ponderosa Green follow by Colonial Yellow in random patterns. Finish by sponging Slate to form your desired pattern.

Set beams into concrete: It’s easier to set one beam at a time. Make sure it’s straight, level and properly positioned, then pour in the fast setting cement. It only takes about 30 minutes to dry, then you can do the second beam, carefully aligning it to the first.

Install top beam: Once the concrete base has fully set, you can install the top beam. Secure it with 3/8” x 6” Landscape Timber screws. BE CAREFUL NOT TO SCREW INTO COPPER PIPE!

Prep container lid: The storage container we used has a lid, so we just cut a hole in it for the water flow and plastic tubing. If you’re using an open container, you’ll need to put a grate over it to hold the pebbles.

Put water pump into container and place PVC liner over container: Put pump inside container, running tubing and cord out through the hole in the lid. Then cut your PVC pond liner to fit. This fountain does splash a lot of water, so just be sure to allow enough room to catch the water and direct it back to the container. With the pvc liner in place, cut a hole to correspond with the hole you cut in the container lid.

Connect copper pipes and water line: Now we solder the last pipe – notice that we used a flame shield to protect the wood while soldering. If you don’t want to solder, there are also epoxies that are made for copper pipes. That would be much easier, but we’ve never used them, so we’re not sure how well it will hold up.

Connect water pump and cover with beach pebbles: We connected a valve to control the flow of water. Without it, the water flow is too strong, so this allows a range of adjustments.

Admire your hard work! Here’s a shot of our contemporary rain shower fountain at night!

Thanks to gracechichi for this great project!

If you love the sound of water and want to get an inexpensive water feature for your home or garden, try one of these DIY Container Water Fountain Ideas!

1. DIY 2-Tier Fountain

Build an ecstatic fountain from two large garden pots and a small pump. Watch the tutorial here!

2. DIY Container Fountain Tutorial

Create a container fountain for your backyard or urban balcony, quickly. To learn more, watch this tutorial video here.

3. Beautiful Container Water Fountain

A soothing addition to your garden, this perfect water fountain is easy to make. Visit LOWE’S to see the DIY.

4. Inexpensive Tiered Water Fountain

Get a few nice looking different sized pots to complete this tiered fountain project available at the Addicted 2 DIY.

5. DIY Bubble Fountain

Adding a small water feature in your garden is not very expensive, and you can make it yourself. Try this DIY tutorial here.

6. DIY Terracotta Pot Fountain

Check out five DIY terracotta pots fountain ideas with tutorials in this post here.

7. Easy Terracotta Pots Fountain

Get a few medium to large sized terracotta planters to create a water fountain. Visit Instructables to see the steps.

8. Unused Plant Pots Water Fountain

Make use of the heaps of unused plant pots sitting idly in your garden. This informative tutorial here shows how to do this.

9. Flower Pot Water Fountain

Take two flowerpots to make this water fountain for your front porch, patio or balcony garden. This simple project is available here to follow.

10. Seating Area Water Fountain

DIY this modern water feature for your small garden or outdoor seating area. The tutorial is here.

11. Whata Wata Fountain

This tiered water fountain project requires easily available items and a few steps. Everything in detail is here!

12. Easy Container Water Fountain

This is the simplest container water fountain tutorial in our list of DIY water fountains. Check out the instructions at the BHG.

13. Award Winning DIY Container Water Fountain Project

This water fountain project is another one to get inspired from. The tutorial is here.

14. Outdoor Container Water Fountain

This outdoor fountain idea is perfect for your yard. You’ll need a 5-gallon plastic bucket, slightly large sized pot, river rock, and water pump. Watch the video for help!

Wouldn’t you like to add some mind-relaxing and stunning water features to your garden? After doing your gardening, there is nothing more relaxing than sitting down beside a waterfall, fountain or pond. However, installing a full-blown waterfall, pond or fountain might be expensive. Don’t worry, there is an alternative! Water features do not have to be enormous in order to enjoy a similar effect. You can choose an inexpensive garden waterfall, pond or fountain with low maintenance.

Water features are perfect for large gardens as well as for patios. They can definitely transform the ambiance of your garden by placing it in the right place. There are a lot of reasons why water features are significant. Water features have low maintenance. You can even choose a pond that can match to your garden design. Take advantage of the natural sunlight which can make your water features look amazing. Water features can add design and texture to your garden. Ponds and fountains can be used as a natural habitat for fish, and pond plants can be used as natural decorations. Water features can easily attract birds and wildlife. During hot summer days, water can cool down your plants. If you want to make your yard look bigger then add water features to your garden. Water can provide serenity and tranquility to your garden.

There are a lot of water features that you can choose from. Sometimes it’s a bit confusing to choose which one will be appropriate in your yard or patio. When choosing, try to consider the price, the size of your space and the design of your garden. Here are some amazing water features to inspire you. Enjoy!

1. Amazing Water Features

Garden fountains can be purchased at garden shops and home centers.

2. Backyard Fountains

Originally posted by landscapingincapetown

Adding fish to your pond can bring more life to it.

3. Modern Water Feature Ideas

Originally posted by designrulz

A water feature is part of your garden design and landscaping.

4. Natural Stone Ponds

This is a beautiful natural stone water garden decorated with interesting elements.

5. Best Garden Water Features

Originally posted by stylepinner

Yeah, it’s kinda expensive but at least it won’t die.

6. Backyard Water Feature Ideas

Originally posted by hambrooks

Including a water feature on your garden can make it look awesome with no digging.

7. Garden Ponds

Originally posted by rrlandscapes

It can provide a soft touch to the hard elements such as rocks, marble, and others.

8. Garden Fountains

Water features can create a new look for your outdoor space.

9. Garden Waterfalls

Originally posted by me360e

Some examples of water features include ponds, fountains, waterfalls, streams, and others.

10. Beautiful Water Feature Ideas

For smaller gardens, a simple and child-friendly water feature is the best.

11. Deck Water Feature Ideas

Originally posted by homeimprovementpages

Fountains can provide a touch of Zen to your outdoor space.

12. DIY Garden Water Features

Elegant ponds are ideal for larger gardens.

13. Big Splash

This combination of pond and waterfall makes the garden look stunning.

14. Classic Fountain

Originally posted by hgtv

This is a classic European-style fountain in a fanciful setting.

15. Garden Waterfalls

Originally posted by jannelsonlandscapedesign

The sound of water can bring calmness, coolness and a relaxing environment to any garden.

16. Garden Water Features

Originally posted by experttrades

Water features are also suitable in modern contemporary environments.

17. Charming Water Feature

This water feature is composed of four water jets which can be set in a pond.

18. Garden Water Features Ideas

Ponds can add tranquility and ambiance to any landscape.

19. Stunning Garden Water Feature

Garden waterfalls do not only look amazing but it can also oxygenate the water.

20. Garden Pond

Floating plants such as water Lillies can be used to cover your pond.

21. Natural Water Feature

Choose a water feature that you can afford!

22. Latest Garden Water Feature

The soothing cascade of water can create a natural rhythm of beautiful music.

23. Japanese Garden Water Feature

The beautiful sound of the moving water can soothe the soul.

24. Creative Water Feature

Originally posted by theownerbuildernetwork

Water can bring life to any garden, most especially when it’s moving.

25. Exotic Garden

Originally posted by puertoricoaldia

Using a water feature can enhance your garden by generating wonderful sounds.

26. Inexpensive Water Feature

This water feature uses a combination of huge boulders, rocks as well as small pebbles making it look more natural.

27. Attractive Garden

Originally posted by aymag

You can enhance your water features by adding pond plants such as water Lillies.

28. Enormous Waterfall

Originally posted by personaltouchcolorado

The beautiful sound of water over the rock is one of the most natural enchanting symphonies.

29. Top Water Feature

The reflections and trickling sounds of the waterfalls can completely change the environment.

30. Traditional Garden Design

Originally posted by lakecountyonline

Moving water in a garden can easily attract birds.

31. Small Garden Water Features

Originally posted by outdoorlivinguk

Mosquitos do not breed in moving water.

32. Amazing Waterfall Design

The reflections from the water do not only look nice but it can also add an illusion.

33. Crystal Waterfalls

The falling water sparkle with the lights concealed in the basin.

34. Awesome Water Feature

A simple yet beautiful water feature.

35. Interesting Landscape Water Features

Originally posted by caoping8

Adding a water feature can transform your garden into a perfect paradise.

36. DIY Water Garden

A small water feature can make your garden look intimate.

37. Inspiring Landscaping

It doesn’t matter if you have a big or small area, you can still enjoy relaxing beside your water feature.

38. Asian Garden Style

The natural landscape is mixed with an Asian garden style.

39. Perfect Water Feature For Your Garden

Water features can be simple and small.

40. Artistic Fountain

This looks like a large vase, but actually, this wonderful work of art is a fountain.

41. Water Fountains For Yards

Water fountains are the traditional form of water feature.

After seeing these beautiful water features, are you ready to introduce them to your garden? You can add excitement to your outdoor space by having a waterfall, fountain or a simple pond in your garden. Whether you have a simple, elegant or huge water feature, it can be an eye-catching addition to your garden, especially if it has running water. Although some may cost a lot, you can easily create your own design by using inexpensive materials such as landscaping rocks. Sometimes it’s nice to have a place in your home where you can relax after having a busy day. Or a secret garden that is completely yours.

From a simple penchant for yellow flowers as a child to becoming a full-time gardener, nature advocate, and garden designer, I am extremely happy to finally have a platform for me to successfully spread knowledge and expertise in the garden. After highschool graduation, I took many courses related to garden design to feed myself with more knowledge and expertise other than what I learned from my mom growing up. Soon as I finished courses, I gained more experience through internships and most especially, garden shows! I also tried to join as many garden design competitions locally. For any garden design inquiries, ping me!

Fountains In The Garden – Information For Creating Garden Fountains

There’s nothing as soothing as the sound of splashing, falling and bubbling water. Water fountains add peace and serenity to a shady nook and you’ll find yourself spending more time outdoors when you have a fountain in the garden. Building a fountain is an easy weekend project that doesn’t require a lot of skill. Continue reading to learn more about creating garden fountains.

How to Create Fountains in the Garden

For basic water fountain design and construction, creating garden fountains begins with an underground unit to catch the falling water and circulate it back to the top. The easiest way to do this is to sink a large plastic bucket or tub into the ground so that the lip of the tub is even with the soil line.

Place the pump inside the bucket and make a notch in the lip of the tub for the electrical cord. You will need to attach a 1/2-inch copper pipe to the top of the pump. This pipe will carry the water to the top of your fountain. A pipe 2 feet longer than the height of your fountain is sufficient.

Cover the tub with a heavy framed steel or aluminum screen with a hole for the pipe cut in the center. The screen keeps debris out of the basin. Lay heavy wooden or metal planks across the tub to support the weight of your fountain.

This underground part of garden fountain designs is the same for most simple fountains. Make sure the basin in a few inches wider in diameter than your fountain so that it will catch the falling water. When your fountain is complete, you can use landscaping gravel around the base to hide the tub.

Water Fountain Design and Construction

There are many types of garden fountain designs. In fact, you’ll find lots of design inspiration at a large garden supply store. Here are a couple of simple ideas to get you started:

  • Waterfall fountain – Make a waterfall by stacking slate or rock paving stones. Drill a hole in the center of each stone large enough to accommodate the pipe, and thread the stones onto the pipe with the largest at the bottom and the smallest at the top. Check the way the water flows, and when you are pleased with the results, use a silicone adhesive to fix the stones in place. You may have to wedge some smaller stones between the larger ones to keep the structure stable.
  • Container fountain – An attractive ceramic pot makes a lovely fountain. Drill a hole in the bottom of the pot for the pipe and set the pot in place. Use caulk around the pipe to seal the hole. If you like taller fountains in the garden, use a two-pot design with a shallow pot sitting inside a taller pot. Use calking around the inside of the taller pot to hold the shallow pot in place and force the water to tumble over the side instead of seeping into the tall pot.

When adding water fountains to the garden, you should locate them less than 50 feet from an electrical supply outlet. Water pump manufacturers recommend against using extension cords, and most come with a 50-foot cord.

Creating and adding water fountains to the garden is a great way to enjoy soothing sounds all season long.

Water in the garden adds a natural element that can’t be beat. There is something about seeing and hearing water that calms the spirit and makes you feel more connected with your garden and yard. Did you know you can make your own outdoor fountain with just a few inexpensive supplies? Be creative in your use of vessels, and save your budget buys for the items that don’t show. In our Modern Garden Fountain Project, we used a Rubbermaid storage container for a basin instead of buying an expensive water fountain basin at the supply center. Use your imagination. If it can hold water, it’s a possibility! Great for any time of year, DIY water fountains can even be heated to supply water to the birds and wildlife during the frozen winter months. Try one of these tutorials to get you started on loving your new outdoor fountain!

Outdoor Fountain Ideas & Projects

DIY Fountain Tutorials

‘Frugal Family Times‘ has an easy to follow tutorial for this double bubbler outdoor fountain. You can choose any style pots for this project, but we always love cobalt blue in the garden! Oh, and there is a ‘how to’ video as well!

Here is another double bubbler backyard fountain from ‘Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom‘. It is so much cheaper to DIY a fountain, and it is an easy project. Just follow these tutorials!

One last double DIY outdoor water fountain for you from ‘HGTV‘. Lots of step by step photos and a video make this one easy to get done in an afternoon!

You thought double bubblers were cool? Try this DIY tiered outdoor water fountain from ‘Addicted 2 DIY‘!

Learn how to make a classic urn fountain for your outdoor space with this tutorial from ‘BHG‘.

‘This Old House‘ has step by step instructions on how to make a river rock fountain. Love this gorgeous project!

Ok, this stone outdoor fountain from ‘Family Handyman‘ is gorgeous, and yes, it really is a DIY! Full supply list, step by step photos and instructions, and even tips on customizing the size and stone shopping.

This next backyard fountain comes from ‘Instructables‘ and is a pretty ambitious project, but thought we would include it because it is just very cool. And don’t let projects that are more complex scare you off… The payoff is worth it!

If you like a little Asian elegance in your garden, try this bamboo DIY water fountain from ‘Saf Affect‘. Step by step instructions, and also just where to find the bamboo for this project!

‘Angie The Freckled Rose‘ shows us how to install an outdoor water fountain kit, and this slate stacked stone version is perfect for any classic garden!

Ok, so now we have a concrete outdoor water fountain that is another project that will take more than just an afternoon. But in the end, you will have this piece that would have cost many hundreds of dollars (or more!) to buy. From ‘Family Handyman‘. Complete step by step tutorial.

This last one we have for you doesn’t have a tutorial, but we thought it may inspire some of you. You could use the skills from the previous tutorial to cast the concrete and create your own version of this awesome backyard fountain! Photo source unknown.

Where to Buy Outdoor Fountains

We all know how sometimes we get excited about DIY’ing a project, and then time constraints make it hard to get it done. If you decide you want to buy your outdoor water fountain, we have some good suggestions for you. All of these come with free shipping, too!

Perfect for any garden, this Natural Stone Aquarock fountain kit from ‘Wayfair’, comes with the pump, the catch basin, and everything else you need except the shovel and 30 minutes of your time! We really like the natural look of this pretty backyard fountain.

If you are looking for a small water fountain for your garden space, try the Nashville Concrete fountain. This is cast from real concrete, so it will last forever. Comes with the pump, so all you do is add water. Free shipping… good thing, since it’s concrete, right? 🙂

The Avery Concrete Terrace fountain is perfect for the patio or deck. It is self contained so you don’t need to do much except plug in the pump!

If you are looking for a modern outdoor fountain perfect for the patio and for entertaining, The Venus fountain from ‘Allmodern’, might be just the one. This sophisticated fountain is made from resin, so it will last. It also has a flickering light that illuminates the bubbler at night!

This last one is a splurge, but I know exactly where it could go in our courtyard garden space! 😉 The Recife concrete outdoor fountain is spectacular. This one would be a focal point that would get all those ooohs & ahhhs! Lots of five star reviews (on Wayfair) with very happy owners! And yep, free shipping for this large outdoor water fountain!

So let us know, what are your creative ideas for a DIY outdoor water fountain? We think you will also want to check out our posts on Unique & Soothing Garden Fountains, and DIY Tabletop Fire Bowls!

Image Credits: Instructables, Frugal Family Times, Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, HGTV, Addicted 2 DIY, BHG, This Old House, Family Handyman, Saf Affect, Angie The Freckled Rose, Family Handyman


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The peaceful sound of a babbling brook or a softly falling waterfall can have immediate calming effects on our bodies, minds, and souls. Even if you don’t live near naturally flowing water or in a forest glen with these calming sounds, you can create your own waterfall oasis by either purchasing pricey manufactured fountains and waterfalls or by making your own at home. It’s amazing what you can do by gathering a few tools and referencing these diy water feature ideas – you’ll soon be basking in your own spa-like garden, bedroom, or living area.

24 Crystal Clear and Calming DIY Water Feature Ideas for Outdoor Beauty

You may have some of the resources you need tucked away in your basement or garage to create your own zen space. That’s the best part about these diy water feature ideas; if you have empty pots, basins, extra river rock, lying around from past projects you can easily put them to use and turn them into a soothing oasis that not only sounds pleasant but is also a nice accent to your outdoor patio or indoor space.

With a little bit of time and some items gathered from this diy water feature ideas list, you’ll be on your way to spa-like bliss after you just add water!

1. Simple Potted Bubble Fountain

DIY Project Details: scatteredthoughtsofacraftymom.com

Few things are more soothing than the sound of a simple fountain, so consider this simple bubbler made of two textured pots, the smaller one set within the other, tubing, gravel and a pump. The water bubbles up and falls down. After a stressful day pull up a chair by this fountain and enjoy a tall glass of iced tea.

2. Rustic Window Pane Falling Water Feature

DIY Project Details: interiorfrugalista.com

Keep cool with this unusual water feature is made of an old window pane fitted at the top with a perforated tube. The falling water resembles corrugated glass except you can put their hands through it and the sensation of cool, falling water provides pleasure for kids of all ages. Install uplights in the gravel-filled reservoir at the bottom to illuminate the wall of water at night.

3. Tippy Tea Pot and Wooden Barrel Fountain

DIY Project Details: hometalk.com

The is one of those whimsical water features that will make a visitor wonder how it was done. You may even wonder how it was done after you install it. In this fountain, water pours through an old repurposed teapot into a shallow bowl, then into a barrel. Plant hostas and arrange pots of bizzie lizzies around this feature to make this corner of the garden the place to be.

4. Beautiful Bamboo Trickling Waterfall Basin

DIY Project Details: safaffect.wordpress.com

Influenced by the simple fountains found in Japanese gardens, this water feature uses a length of bamboo supported on two narrower lengths of bamboo to gently trickle water into a ceramic basin filled with gravel. Placed near a matching ceramic pot filled with juniper, this fountain surrounds itself with a zone of peace that you and your friends and family will visit again and again.

5. Underground Water System Fountain

DIY Project Details: goodshomedesign.com

This buried fountain takes a bit of work to set up, but once it is installed and working it will be an irresistible lure to family and friends. It is a simple fountain in the center of a bed of river stones. Make it even lovelier by planting ornamental grasses, prostrate shrubs, small boulders and the pastel-colored flowers of your choice.

7. Overflowing Ceramic Pot Fountain

DIY Project Details: tatertotsandjello.com

Dramatic but simple, the water in this fountain leaps up from the spigot and bubbles in a big glazed ceramic pot before it overflows. The water hugs the outside of the pot before it disappears into the gravel reservoir, and running your fingers over the pot brings the tactile pleasure of cool water and smooth ceramic. This fountain is bound to be the focal point of your garden.

8. Pretty Little Pail Fountain

DIY Project Details: makingforliving.com

The water in this fountain burbles up from a little pot that is filled with gravel and is quite easy to assemble. One nice touch is to add bits of sea glass among the gravel for little pops of color. For balance, place the pot in the garden next to a plant in a glazed, ceramic pot.

9. Mini Oasis with Waterfall Water Feature

DIY Project Details: familyhandyman.com

Relax to the sound of a small waterfall in your garden. You create this one of tiers of rough-hewn stone built around a reservoir with a long “keystone” used for water distribution. Soften the fountain’s stones by planting prostrate plants around them as well as brightly colored flowers such as chrysanthemums, zinnias, and lazy susans.

10. Nested Ceramic Pots with Fountain Feature

DIY Project Details: lowes.com

Doesn’t blue glaze around the tops of these ceramic pots makes you think of water? When you install this water feature, the real water spouts from the smaller pot and overflows into the larger one, which is filled with colorful gravel. Place this fountain on the patio or deck as well as the garden.

11. Cascading Copper Wall Waterfall

DIY Project Details: jparisdesigns.com

Use a simple sheet of copper to assemble this attention-getting fountain. Like the other water wall, the water flows down it from a perforated pipe into a reservoir. The simplicity of this water feature refreshes the eye if your garden is especially busy, and it can serve as a focal point if your lawn is unadorned.

12. Fun and Fancy Free Wheelbarrow Waterfall

DIY Project Details: blog.capscreations.com

Another playful fountain is one made out of boulders, gravel, and a wheelbarrow. This red wheelbarrow is tipped in a way that makes your guests think that it’s building its own reservoir. Instead of rocks, water flows down in a cascade. This is a great way for you to repurpose a wheelbarrow that’s seen better days.

13. Babbling and Bubbling Brook in Tiered Pots

DIY Project Details: flyingkitten.wordpress.com

The babbling sound made by the flowing water in this tiered fountain is a refreshment, especially on a hot day. You make it of tiers of terra cotta colored pots. The lower three have rims over which the water playfully slips until it reaches the reservoir. If you want to hide the reservoir, plant some bright green ferns.

14. Loop de Loo Waterfall Chain

DIY Project Details: instructables.com

Chain fountains have always encouraged meditation in some people, especially when they hang from eaves overlooking a Zen garden. You’ll find they are as calming and interesting in the winter as they are in the spring and summer, for the water that pours between the chain freezes solid.

15. Incredible Stacked Rock Statue Water Feature

DIY Project Details: gardenfuzzgarden.com

Visitors may wonder how you got these flat rocks to keep from topping over as water cascades down them. The secret is to drill holes — you’ll need a heavy-duty drill for this job, admittedly — through the rocks and stack them on top of each other like pancakes. Pleasure is had not just in the sound of the water but in the way the light strikes the wet stone.

16. Peaceful and Elegant Ceramic Urn Water Feature

DIY Project Details: gardenstew.com

A lovely, large urn made of glazed ceramic is just right for a neglected corner of your garden. Surround it with boulders and paving stones and plant prostrate plants, including bright pink bizzie lizzies, around it. If you have a plain fence nearby, the urn enhances the look of it as well.

17. Treasury of Rocks and Bobbles Stacked Pail Fountain

DIY Project Details: bhg.com

The way running water makes colorful rocks and pebbles glisten is a joy, and you can embellish this fountain by filling its two metal containers with stones so colorful that some might qualify as semi-precious gems. Add a large blue bobble to make a dramatic statement.

18. Vineyard Inspired Barrel Fountain

DIY Project Details: hgtv.com

If you’re a wine lover, consider this imaginative fountain made of an old wine bottle and a wine barrel placed inside a reservoir. Conceal the reservoir with pretty ceramic Victorian planters filled with exotic plants such as Norfolk island pine.

19. Whimsical Floating Watering Cans Water Feature

DIY Project Details: dawnmarie100.blogspot.com

A variation on the watering can fountain, this fountain features one old-fashioned watering can emptying into another which empties into an old washtub. One trick is to attach the watering cans so cleverly to your fence that they really do seem to float. It will happily befuddle your friends. If the scenario is a bit too gray, add bright green and cream of hostas and the green ornamental grasses.

20. Basic but Beautiful Terra Cotta Pot Fountain

DIY Project Details: bhg.com

20. Hide the bubbling spray of a simple terra cotta pot fountain with plantings of pink polka dot plants and petunias. Even though the pot is surprisingly large, its placement probably means that the visitor to your garden will hear the water before they see the fountain. Soon enough, they’ll discover a lovely surprise.

21. My Ceramic Pot Overfloweth Water Feature

DIY Project Details: hiphousegirl.wordpress.com

Another big, glazed ceramic pot overflows with sheets of water in this water feature, which pleases the senses of touch, sight, and sound. Install the gravel and pebble-covered reservoir on a pad of concrete among mulch and before a planting of ornamental grasses. Place two round spotlights nearby to light up the fountain in the evening.

22. Water Tumbling Down the Wall Fun Feature

DIY Project Details: diyrecyclist.com

This cheery, cheeky fountain can almost be thought of as a steampunk version of the bamboo fountain. It’s also a wall fountain, and you’ll have the water flowing from a watering can into a pipe into another pipe into a downspout into a bucket. It then flows through the bucket’s spigot into another pipe and finally into a washtub filled with aquatic plants. Use grandma’s old galvanized metal containers.

23. River Rock Mini Fountain

DIY Project Details: instructables.com

Smoothed out from centuries of being pushed and pulled and tumbled by rushing water, river rocks are an ideal material to fill the reservoir of any fountain. The trick to this is to arrange these dozens of rocks in a way that looks artless as if your fountain has been there all along.

24. Big and Beautiful Planting Pots Fountain

DIY Project Details: thehappyhomebodies.com

Two capacious planting pots, both shades of celadon green with brown rims, make up this simple fountain. You’ll need to dig a hole to place the reservoir beneath the ground, and you’ll balance the bulk of the larger pot by placing smooth, light gray boulders around it. A bright green vine attached to a trellis behind the fountain adds softness.

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