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How to Build a Water Fountain Out of a Whiskey Barrel

By Katherine Kally ; Updated September 21, 2017

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Fill the whiskey barrel with water.


Things You Will 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

About the Author


Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home-improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost-effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.