Making your own garden fountain is a great DIY project. By adding a fountain to your backyard, you not only add a visual element, you add sound as well. There are fountains for every garden, including fountains that chase deer away and table top fountains. Fountains can be made from fiberglass and can look like concrete. You can also make them out of concrete either making your own mold or buying a prefabricated one.
Using Concrete for Fountain Molds
Making your own backyard fountain can be a simple weekend project. Although there are many different kinds of fountains, including simple-to-make varieties using flower pots, large bowls or other household items, you can also make your own fountain out of concrete. Concrete is a durable, inexpensive material, but it can be difficult to work with. Because of this, you may choose to use a product called Quikrete. Quikrete is a product line that contains over 100 concrete-related products. The advantage of Quikrete is that it is simple to mix and sets in as little as 10 minutes. Regular concrete needs to be mixed with aggregate, which is usually sand or gravel, and it takes a very long time to set. Either way, using concrete or Quikrete enables you to design your own fountain and, since you can build it wherever you choose, you can make it as large or small as you like, in nearly any shape.
Mixing concrete can be tricky: Use a large bucket fitted with a special drill bit or use a wheelbarrow. To mix Quikrete, use a Cretesheet, which is basically a heavy duty plastic sheet with handles. Add the Quikrete to the center, add the water, and with a friend holding one side and you holding the other, take turns lifting the sheet and mixing the Quikrete.
Types of Fountains
Molds may be bought from an online shop, a garden center, or you can make your own (instructions on making your own molds are online, including at the Quikrete website). Fountain molds can be free-form, made with wood and chicken wire, classically styled, or very modern looking. For a first project, though, buy a small mold. Then you will need the mold, the mixed concrete, access to water, and a release agent.
When you buy your fountain mold, also buy a fountain pump. Find out any specifications you will need to adhere to when you build your fountain. For example, you may need to be near a power source, since the pump will most likely run on electricity.
Caring for your fountain mold is important. The mold needs to be cleaned after use, and no release agent can be left on. Release agents may start to erode the mold, making it unusable. Because Quikrete sets so fast, have a hose ready to clean away any spills as you work.