How to Create a Garden Water Feature


Create a soothing water feature for your garden with large-diameter bamboo stalks and a colorful ceramic planter. It's easy to cut the bamboo into sections and create a vertical stand with a trough-like water flow. You can find a wide selection of fountain pumps for this project at online retailers, or check your local garden store for a more limited selection.

Step 1

Select a bamboo stalk at least 1 inch in diameter from your local lumber supply. Cut the bamboo stalk into one 2-foot section and one 1-foot section. Slice the 1-foot section in half, lengthwise so that you have a trough for the water feature.

Step 2

Drill a 1-inch hole into one side of the 2-foot section of bamboo, 6 inches from the bottom and 6 inches from the top. The holes should line up with each other. Do not drill the holes all the way through the bamboo.

Step 3

Drill small holes on either side of one end of the trough section of bamboo. Cut a length of craft wire to fit around the circumference of the 2-foot section of bamboo, plus 2 inches.

Step 4

Insert one end of the wire into the hole on one side of the trough. Make a loop in the wire with round-nose pliers to hold the wire in place. Wrap the wire around the 2-foot section of bamboo so that the trough falls just beneath one of the 1-inch holes. Insert the other end of the wire into the small drilled hole opposite the first. Make a loop to hold the wire in place. The trough bamboo is attached perpendicular to the 2-foot section of bamboo. The water for your garden water feature will flow up through the vertical section, out of the hole, over the trough and back into the planter.

Step 5

Cut a 2-foot length of twine. Insert one end through one of the wire loops in the trough and tie a double overhand knot. Wrap the twine around the vertical bamboo pole several times beneath the trough as a decorative brace. End by inserting the twine through the loop on the opposite side of the trough and tying a double overhand knot.

Step 6

Select a planter that's at least 16 inches in diameter and 12 inches tall. Seal any drainage holes with silicone. Let the sealant dry.

Step 7

Make three stacks of two half-bricks. Attach the brick stacks together with waterproof adhesive. Stand the vertical bamboo stalk inside the planter and brace it with the three brick stacks.

Step 8

Wrap the fountain with screen mesh and secure it with a rubber band. Place the fountain pump inside the planter. Attach plastic tubing to the water spout on the pump and run the tubing through the remaining 1-inch hole in the vertical bamboo. Run the plastic tubing up to the 1-inch hole at the top where you attached the trough.

Step 9

Run the electrical cord over the side of the planter. If you choose a solar pump, the cord will be smaller and less visible. Fill the planter with water.

Things You'll Need

  • 3-foot-long bamboo stalk
  • Saw
  • Drill, small bit and 1-inch hole bit
  • 20-gauge craft wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Twine
  • Planter
  • Silicone
  • 6 half-bricks
  • Waterproof adhesive
  • Fountain pump
  • Screen mesh
  • Rubber band
  • Plastic tubing


  • About Bamboo

Who Can Help

  • Selecting Fountain Pumps
Keywords: bamboo water feature, planter water feature, garden fountain

About this Author

Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost effective decorating solutions. As a content creator for Demand Studios and private clientele, Kat's work is featured on sites across the web. Kally holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.