Build a Water Feature


Build a striking water feature for your home or patio with copper foil and marine plywood. You can make this copper water feature a mini water wall that would be perfect for a tabletop display, or create a larger version to stand against your home's wall. Find all of the materials you need to make a copper water feature from your local home supply and craft stores.

Step 1

Have a sheet of marine plywood or acrylic cut to the desired size of your water wall at the time of purchase. Most home improvement stores will cut the materials for you at no additional cost.

Step 2

Purchase a fountain pump with enough power to send the water up the length of your copper water wall. Find pumps from your local home store, but chances are good that you'll find a better selection online. Remember to purchase plastic tubing that fits your pump and that is long enough to extend to the top of the copper water feature.

Step 3

Cut a sheet of copper foil to fit the face, edges and 3 inches along the back perimeter of your plywood or acrylic. You can find copper foil in rolls at your local craft store. This material is easy to cut; you can use tin snips or sharp household shears and easily trim the copper to fit.

Step 4

Place the cut copper foil face down and apply adhesive to the back side. Center the plywood or acrylic over the sheet. Wrap the foil around the edges of the sheeting and press it in place at the back. Let the adhesive dry.

Step 5

Stand the copper covered sheeting in a copper planter that's at least as wide as the sheeting and at least 6 inches deep for a tabletop display, or at least 16 inches deep for a full wall display.

Step 6

Brace the copper sheeting with bricks inside the planter. You can place the bricks on either side of the copper wall, or in front with the copper sheeting propped against the wall of your home.

Step 7

Attach the plastic to the fountain pump and place the pump into the planter. Run the electrical cord over the side of the planter, behind the copper wall. Run the plastic up the backside of the copper wall to the top and glue it in place so that the water will spill out over the copper. Fill the planter with water.

Tips and Warnings

  • Seal any drainage holes in the planter with plumber's putty or silicone before you assemble the water feature.

Things You'll Need

  • Marine plywood or acrylic sheet
  • Copper foil
  • Tin snips
  • Waterproof adhesive
  • Copper planter
  • Bricks
  • Fountain pump
  • Plastic tubing


  • About Waterproof Adhesive

Who Can Help

  • About Fountain Pumps
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About this Author

Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home-improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost-effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.