How to Make a Fountain Out of a Planter


A water fountain can be an attractive decorative element that you can add to your garden for very little money. Most fountains can be purchased for just a few hundred dollars. But if you are looking for an easy-to-make project at home that costs much less, put together your own fountain. A fountain can be easily constructed using large terra cotta pots or a barrel planter.

Step 1

Cut a hole into the center of your rubber stopper using a utility knife. The hole in the stopper should be just big enough to fit around the cord.

Step 2

Cut a long slit from the hole in the center of the stopper to the edge of the stopper.

Step 3

Thread the cord of your pump through the stopper by passing the cord down the slit and into the hole. Place the stopper into the drain hole in the bottom of your container.

Step 4

Situate the container in its final location and make adjustments to the cord's length.

Step 5

Place a thin line of caulk around the stopper, around the hole where the cord passes through the stopper and down the length of the slit in the stopper. Wait for silicone to dry before proceeding.

Step 6

Paint the inside of the container with polyurethane-based water sealant. This will protect metal fountains against rust, and prevent leaks and seepage in clay containers.

Step 7

Connect your fountain's head to the fountain with PVC tubing. Place the fountain head on the rim of your container.

Step 8

Fill container with water. Turn on the fountain and allow water to recirculate.

Things You'll Need

  • Planter
  • Water fountain pump
  • Fountain head
  • PVC tubing
  • Silicone caulk
  • Liquid water sealant
  • Paintbrush
  • Rubber stopper
  • Utility knife


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Who Can Help

  • Bluegrass Gardens:Make a Garden Water Fountain
Keywords: water feature, garden accents, landscape decorating

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After 10 years experience in writing, Tracy S. Morris has countless articles and two novels to her credit. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets" and "CatFancy," as well as the "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World," and several websites.