How to Build Garden Fountains


Garden fountains bring a soothing, peaceful atmosphere to your landscape. You can build your own garden fountain with a watering can, a planter and a stalk of timber bamboo for an interesting display that will suit any backyard garden. You can find the supplies you'll need at your local garden store, but check with online retailers for a wide selection of fountain pumps. You don't need special skills to build this simple garden fountain; if you can operate a drill, you're good to go.

Step 1

Cut a 5-foot long length of timber bamboo. Timber bamboo can be between 3 and 7 inches in diameter, making it an attractive and functional choice to house the plastic tubing for your garden fountain. You can easily saw the bamboo with a hacksaw or Skil saw, or you can have the clerk at the supply store cut it for you.

Step 2

Select any type of planter that you like for your fountain, just make sure that the top diameter is at least 16 inches so it will catch the water spillage from the watering can. Look for one that's also around 16 inches deep so it will hold an adequate amount of water for your fountain. Select a watering can that you like; copper or other metals look nice when paired with the bamboo.

Step 3

Seal any holes in the planter with plumber's putty.

Step 4

Measure the height of the planter. Drill a 1-inch hole in one side of the bamboo stalk equal to the height of the planter plus 16 inches. The extra 16 inches is so you can bury the bamboo stalk in the ground.

Step 5

Place the planter in your garden. Dig a 15-inch hole beside the planter and place the bamboo stalk. Fill in around the stalk with dirt so that it stands straight and secure.

Step 6

Place the fountain pump in the planter. Insert the plastic tubing in the hole you drilled in the bamboo. Run one end to the top of the bamboo and leave 12 inches of tube protruding from the top. Connect the other end of the plastic tubing to the fountain pump.

Step 7

Attach an S hook to the top opening of the bamboo stalk and hang the watering can so that the spout falls over the planter.

Step 8

Run the 12 inches of plastic tubing down into the watering can. Glue it to the side with waterproof adhesive. Fill the watering can and the planter with water before you turn on the pump.

Things You'll Need

  • Timber bamboo stalk
  • Measuring tape
  • Hacksaw
  • Drill and 1-inch hole bit
  • Watering can
  • Planter
  • Plumber's putty
  • Spade
  • Fountain pump
  • Plastic tubing
  • S hook
  • Waterproof adhesive


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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.