How to Build a Water Fountain Out of a Whiskey Barrel


A water fountain made from a whiskey barrel fits in well with a rustic or country style landscape. Build a water fountain out of a whiskey barrel with an old fountain head or an old well hand pump as the fountain spout to keep the rustic theme of the feature. Other ideas for spouts on a water barrel fountain include bamboo stalks, water faucets and copper tubing.

Step 1

Line the inside of the whiskey barrel with plastic pond liner. Staple the plastic liner to the inside rim of the whiskey barrel with a staple gun.

Step 2

Measure the height of the whiskey barrel. Cut two sections of copper pipe equal to the height of the barrel, plus 16 inches.

Step 3

Solder one copper end cap to one end of one length of copper pipe. Solder a 90-degree copper fitting to the other end of each pipe.

Step 4

Attach one copper pipe to the inside of the whiskey barrel with the open end of the 90-degree fitting at the top and facing the inside of the barrel. Elevate the copper pipe 4 inches from the bottom of the whiskey barrel. A pipe bracket will hold the pipe in a vertical position. Attach the bracket beneath the rim of the barrel, through the plastic pond liner.

Step 5

Attach the remaining length of pipe to the inside of the whiskey barrel in the same manner, directly opposite the first pipe.

Step 6

Measure the distance between the inside of each 90-degree fitting. Cut a length of copper pipe to fit this measurement. Measure and mark 4 inches from either end of the pipe.

Step 7

Drill small holes along one side of the pipe between the two marks. Solder the pipe to the inside of both 90-degree fittings. This pipe will create a rain curtain for the water barrel fountain.

Step 8

Place the pump inside the whiskey barrel. Drape the electrical cord over the side of the barrel, beside one of the copper pipes. Cut a length of plastic tubing to fit inside the length of one of the copper tubing side pipes, plus 6 inches. Insert the tubing inside the pipe with no end cap. Attach the other end of the tube to the submersible pump.

Step 9

Fill the whiskey barrel with water.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic pond liner
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
  • Measuring tape
  • Copper pipe
  • Pipe cutter
  • Copper end caps
  • 2 90-degree copper fittings
  • Flux
  • Solder
  • Propane torch
  • 2 pipe brackets
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Marker
  • Drill
  • Small drill bit
  • Plastic tubing
  • Submersible fountain pump


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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. 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.