How to Make an Outdoor Water Fountain From a Pot


Outdoor water fountains are relaxing and calming landscape features. Although fountains come in a wide range of sizes, shapes and prices, you can make your own simple outdoor water fountain in a pot. Use a regular planter pot or even a decorative ceramic one to create your very own water feature. One basic pot design is a water fountain built from two glazed ceramic pots (one large and tall, and the other a shallow bowl-shaped pot). The water will pump upward through the pots and spill down the sides of the outer pot, back down into a plastic bucket containing the pump and hidden in the ground beneath the pots.

Step 1

Cut a one-half inch notch in the rim of the 5-gallon plastic bucket using sharp garden shears. Dig a hole into the ground where you plan to place your water fountain. Dig the hole deep enough so that the plastic bucket will fit into the hole and the rim will be level with the ground surface.

Step 2

Place the fountain pump into the bucket and place the bucket into the hole in the ground. Attach the plastic tube to the pump. Unravel the pump's power cord and drape it outside the bucket so that the cord is resting in the notch.

Step 3

Cut a one-half inch square in the center of the mesh. Insert the other end of the tube through the hole in the mesh. Place the mesh on top of the bucket.

Step 4

Thread the tubing through the drain hole in the planter pot, sliding the pot down as you're threading the tubing until the pot is sitting on top of the mesh.

Step 5

Line the inside rim of the planter pot with a bead of silicone caulking. Thread the tubing up through the hole in the bottom of the shallow bowl, setting the bowl into the planter pot as you're threading. Ensure that the outer sides of the bowl fit snugly into the planter pot and adheres to the caulking.

Step 6

Trim the extra tubing, leaving one-quarter inch protruding from the bottom of the bowl. Let the caulking dry overnight.

Step 7

Fill the plastic bucket with water, plug in the pump electrical cord and switch on the pump. Check all the tubing and the pump for any leakage or malfunctions. Place landscaping rocks around the planter pot to cover the mesh.

Tips and Warnings

  • Be sure to set up your outdoor water fountain near an electrical outlet to run your pump. Solar-powered pumps are available, but they are expensive. If you need to run an extension cord, be sure to select one that is approved for outdoor use and bury it to hide it.

Things You'll Need

  • Large planter pot, 30 inches deep
  • Smaller planter bowl, 6 inches deep
  • Plastic bucket, 5-gallon size
  • Garden shears
  • Shovel or trowel
  • Submersible fountain pump
  • 1 sheet of expanded steel mesh, 2 feet square
  • 42 inches of plastic tubing
  • Silicone caulking
  • Landscaping rocks


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