How to Make a Fountain With a Flower Pot & Faucet


Fountains for the garden or backyard need not be ornate or complicated. You can make a simple fountain from a colorful ceramic flower pot and a decorative faucet, or a terracotta flower pot and an old, rustic faucet. Either way, the water feature will stand out anywhere you place it. Add the flower pot and faucet fountain to a flower bed or in the center of your landscape. The soothing sounds of trickling water will add a serene ambiance to any outdoor space.

Step 1

Measure and cut a 4-foot length of copper pipe. Measure 12 inches from one end and make a mark.

Step 2

Measure the height of the flower pot. Begin measuring the pipe at the 12-inch mark and place a mark on the pipe equal to the height of the flower pot.

Step 3

Drill a three-quarter-inch hole halfway through the copper pipe, 1 inch above the last mark. This hole is to insert the plastic tubing to carry the water from the pump in the flower pot to the faucet.

Step 4

Attach the copper connector to the end of the copper pipe with waterproof silicone sealant. Silicone sealant dries clear, so cover the outside of the pipe and the outside of the connector where they meet with a thick coat. Attach the faucet to the other end of the copper connector in the same manner. The spout of the faucet should be directly above the hole in the copper pipe. Allow the sealant to dry completely.

Step 5

Seal any drainage holes in the planter with the silicone sealant. Allow the sealant to dry completely.

Step 6

Place the flower pot into position in your yard or garden. Insert the copper pipe into the ground to the 12-inch line, directly beside the pot. The faucet spout should fall over the flower pot.

Step 7

Cut a 40-inch length of plastic tubing. Insert the tubing into the hole in the copper pipe. Push the tubing up inside the pipe until it reaches the faucet. Attach the other end of the plastic tube to the water spout on the submersible fountain pump.

Step 8

Place the pump inside the flower pot. Drape the cord over the side of the pot, close to the pipe. Run the cord to the electrical outlet. Fill the flower pot with water.

Tips and Warnings

  • Keep the electrical cord dry and away from water sources.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Copper pipe
  • Pipe cutter
  • 24-inch-diameter, 16-inch-deep flower pot
  • Marker
  • Drill
  • 3/4-inch hole bit
  • Faucet
  • Straight copper connector
  • Waterproof silicone sealant
  • Plastic tubing
  • Scissors
  • Submersible fountain pump


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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.