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How to Make an Outdoor Water Fountain

This little project can be intimidating, 
but it is easier than I thought.
First decide where you want to place your fountain, 
how large you want it to be, and how you want it to look.  
This will let you to know what supplies you 
will need for your project.
For this particular fountain, I used a reservoir, 
in other words, a plastic container/ tub.
I placed the tub on the ground and used the shovel 
to outline the size of the hole that I needed to dig. 
This way the tub can fit snugly in the ground. 
Don't do labor? No worries, have someone do it for you, 
I won't tell.
The hardest part was the digging, 
this can be a good work out though.
For me the best time do this little project is early in the morning 
when it's cool out and 
the pesky mosquitoes are not around to bother.
1. ...Make sure you have all your supplies.
  A Terra Cotta Urn for fountain, Shovel, River Rocks, Dirt that you have dug for re-fill, 
water pump with pipes and tubing.
2. Dig, dig, dig.
3. Fit tub in hole making sure that you leave two inches under it for drainage, 
do this before adding water.  The tub should come with a lid, 
so cover it leaving the opening exposed to fill with water later.
4.  Test the water pump by putting it into a bucket of water 
to see if the motor runs properly.
5. Connect pump to the pipe under the urn.
6. Fit the pump in the reservoir before adding water. 
   7. Once your pump is working properly adjust the water flow, 
and adjust level of urn...
...add your design elements, (ex. water inside the reservoir, rocks around the urn) 
The water pump should remain submerged in the water reservoir and accessible
 for adjustment, repair and cleaning by leaving it near the opening of the tub inside 
the reservoir.  This will allow you to easily remove the rocks over it 
and just reach in to grab when needed.
There you have it, a water feature for your yard.


  1. This is gorgeous. I have always wanted a fountain in our front garden area...this is a wonderful tutorial that has me thinking! Would be super delighted if you could link this {and any other fun projects you might have laying around} up at Mop It Up Monday:

    Have a great week!

  2. What a great idea, I love this project I have always wanted to have a water fountain. Stopping by from SITS girls

  3. I love this idea. How do you install the pump? Does it need an electrical outlet nearby?

    1. I'm glad that you like the fountain idea. As a matter of fact, you do need to plug the pump for it to work.
      If you have an outlet near by great, if not, you can do what I did and just add an extension cord.
      I keep it hidden behind the plants and patio furniture so it's not visible.

      Let me know if you have any other questions and thank you for visiting.

  4. Beautiful water fountain, and thank you for the tutorial, I want one for mine so will definitely take these steps. YOu did a great job, thank u for sharing.

  5. Love this! what a lovely beautiful fountain! I like doing/making my own and your directions and photos are great! We'd love it if you'd share this at our link party - Home is Where the Heart is!


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