The sound of running water is a soothing addition to any garden, but building an in-ground fountain can be daunting. Skip the digging, and instead build an easy container fountain.
This nearly-instant water feature can be placed anywhere you want to enjoy the look and sound of bubbling water.
Make a Fountain from a Container:
Step 1: Select and prepare pot
Choose a waterproof pot without holes for your fountain, or use a waterproof liner inside any sturdy pot. For ease of drilling, choose a durable plastic container.
Choose a fountain kit that includes feet to hold the pot off of the ground, or buy them separately. Glue feet to the bottom of the pot using waterproof sealant. Place the pot on a flat surface, and allow glue to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Step 2: Drill hole
Use a 1 ¼” hole drill bit and drill a hole in the bottom of the pot for the cord to run through. Place pump in bottom of container as a guide for drilling. If using liner, drill hole in the pot, put in the liner and then cut an X in the liner slightly smaller than the hole.
Step 3: Assemble pump
Assemble pump according to the manufacturer’s recommendations and place in the pot. Feed the electrical cord through the hole, then seal the hole with the waterproof sealant. Allow to dry according to manufacturer’s directions.
Step 4: Place fountain and add rocks
Place the fountain on a flat, stable spot close to an outdoor electrical outlet. You may want to place your fountain near a window, so you can enjoy it indoors as well as out. Avoid putting it under trees that can drop leaves and debris into it.
Once you find the right location, place river rocks around the base of the fountain to hide the feet. Fill the fountain with water, and plug it in.