How to Build a Water Feature for a Flower Bed


Water features add a soothing element to outdoor spaces such as patios, gardens and flower beds. To build any kind of water feature, you'll need a basin to hold the water and a pump to channel it to some type of spout. Planters, barrels and buckets are all ideal candidates for a water feature basin, as long as they are watertight. You can fashion spouts from old faucets, bamboo poles, copper pipes or similar items to add design interest to the water feature.

Step 1

Measure the height of the galvanized bucket. Cut a length of copper pipe three times as long as the height of the bucket, plus 12 inches.

Step 2

Measure and mark the cut copper pipe 12 inches from one end. This line indicates how deep the pipe will be inserted in the ground in the flower bed.

Step 3

Starting at the 12-inch line on your pipe, measure and mark a distance equal to the height of the bucket. Drill a 3/4-inch hole in one side of the pipe, 1/2 inch above the second mark. The hole will serve to channel the water from the galvanized bucket to the top of the pipe.

Step 4

Solder a 90-degree copper fitting to the end of the copper pipe that is farthest away from the drilled hole. The open end of the elbow fitting should line up with the drilled hole.

Step 5

Cut a 10-inch length of copper pipe. Solder it to the open end of the elbow fitting. Solder the remaining elbow fitting to the end of the 10-inch pipe. The open end of the elbow fitting should be facing down towards the drilled hole. This fitting will channel the water into the watering can and also help keep the watering can from sliding off of the copper pipe hanger.

Step 6

Place the galvanized bucket in the flower garden. Insert the copper pipe 12 inches into the ground beside the bucket. The drilled hole should be directly above the rim of the bucket.

Step 7

Cut a length of 1/2-inch diameter plastic tubing to fit from the bottom of the bucket to the top of the copper pipe. Insert the tubing through the hole in the pipe and force it to the top. Attach the other end of the tubing to the spout on the submersible fountain pump.

Step 8

Place the fountain pump inside the bucket. Run the electrical cord over the bucket next to the pipe. Fill the bucket with water.

Step 9

Hang the watering can over the 10-inch copper pipe so that the 90-degree fitting on the end of the pipe is facing into the opening of the watering can. Fill the watering can with water. Turn on the pump.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Galvanized bucket
  • Copper pipe
  • Pipe cutter
  • Marker
  • Drill
  • 3/4-inch hole bit
  • 2 90-degree copper fittings
  • Flux
  • Solder
  • Propane torch
  • Metal watering can
  • Plastic tubing
  • Scissors
  • 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.