Making a Homemade Water Fountain

Water adds life and movement as well as sound and sparkle to landscaping, whether it’s a pond or a garden fountain. Select a container that reflects your home’s style, whether it’s ornate, Zen, terracotta or wood. Make your own homemade water fountain from planters and containers found in a garden center. Choose a site near an electrical outlet so you can plug in the pump and safely conceal the cord.

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These are things you will need to make homemade water fountain:

  • Container
  • Drill
  • 5/8-inch drill bit
  • Round rasp
  • Ruler
  • Submersible pump
  • Aerosol acrylic sealer
  • Tube of marine-grade silicone sealant
  • Bucket

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After you prepare all those things, you need to start your project immediately.

Determine if the drain hole in the container is large enough for the pump cord plug. If not, gradually enlarge the hole with a rasp until the cord fits, trying to keep the hole as small as possible. If there is no hole, drill one in the side or bottom of the container using the 5/8-inch bit. Enlarge the hole with the rasp until the plug fits.

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Seal the inside of the container with two coats of acrylic sealant, allowing the first coat to dry completely before applying the second coat. Although some planters may already be waterproof, applying an acrylic sealant adds another layer of protection.

Place the pump in a bucket filled with water, plug it in and make sure it works.

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Test the pump’s placement by setting it inside the container. If the spout is more than four inches below the rim, place the pump on top of a brick or other heavy object. When the container is full, the spout should be one to two inches below the water surface.

Feed the cord through the hole in the container, leaving a few extra inches so you can reposition the pump. Seal the hole around the cord by generously filling it with marine-grade silicone sealant. Allow the sealant to dry for at least 24 hours.

Fill the container with water, leaving room at the top for the water to splash without pouring over the sides.

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After all those steps have been done, now you can enjoy your homemade water fountain. However, don’t ever forget to drain the fountain periodically for cleaning, maintenance and winterizing. You should also monitor the water level in the container to make sure it does not drop below the inlet port to avoid burning out the submersible pump. Consider purchasing a pump that will shut off automatically when the water level drops below a certain point. The last important thing to remember; you should add a few tablespoons of a wildlife-safe algaecide monthly to prevent algae growth.