How to Make a Fountain Using a Flower Pot


Fountains add visual interest and stimulation to outdoor garden decor. Rather than purchasing a premade fountain, which can be expensive, you can make your own from a flowerpot for a fraction of the cost. Making a fountain using a flowerpot involves carefully waterproofing it to prevent water from leaking through its drainage holes. Flowerpots and decorative planters come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes to create the perfect accent for your outdoor living space.

Step 1

Flip the plant pot upside down on the work surface and wiggle the attached plant tray free of the tabs attaching the base to the main plant pot. Run a bead of sealant around the edge where the drainage tray joins the planter. Press the planter down onto the tray until it seals tightly. Allow the sealant to dry according to manufacturer recommendations on the tube of sealant.

Step 2

Flip the pot over and fill it partially with water once the sealant dries completely. Check for any leaks around the bottom edge. Apply additional sealant as needed around drainage holes to ensure a perfect seal.

Step 3

Pour a layer of gravel into the bottom of the planter to improve stability. Position the smaller pot on top of the gravel in the center of the larger pot. This small pot will act as the water reservoir for the pump.

Step 4

Purchase a pump that's small enough to fit inside the small flowerpot. Place the pump inside the small pot and pull the electrical cord toward the back portion of the pot. Drill a hole into the rear of the pot to accommodate the electrical plug or simply cover the cord with river rocks. Make sure the side of the small pot doesn't obstruct the pump intake. Attach the fountain spout to the top of the pump securely.

Step 5

Place a layer of river rocks around the inside of the planter to secure and hide the smaller pot. Layer the rocks to provide easy access to the pump. Other options include simply securing the smaller pot with river gravel instead of covering the entire bottom of the larger pot.

Step 6

Add water to the pot to a level 2 inches below the pot rim. Plug the pump in to an outdoor electrical supply. Adjust the speed of water flow and width of the fountain spray using the dial on the submerged pump and fountain spout.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic flowerpot with base
  • Smaller flowerpot or bucket
  • Silicone sealant
  • Gravel
  • Submersible pump
  • River rocks
  • Fountain spout
  • Electrical supply


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S.F. Heron is an avid gardener with three years of experience in online writing and a working background in aviation and earth and ocean sciences. She is published on various sites, including Helium, eHow and Xomba. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.