By Julie A. Martens
Add the sound of trickling water to your outdoor living spaces. It’s an easy weekend project that doesn’t demand any special skills. Once assembled, a DIY fountain is a snap to maintain.
This fountain project costs under $100. The most expensive part is the pot. Remaining materials come in under $50—or less if you have some of these items on hand.
Step 1: Get a Container Fountain Kit
Look for a fountain kit designed for a pot.
A complete kit contains a pump, filter box, and usually several fountain nozzles that create various water spray patterns. Choose the spray you like best, based on appearance and the sound it makes.
Step 2: Choose a Pot
Take the fountain pump with you when you shop for a pot. For the easiest version of this $100 project, select a pot with a drainage hole that allows the pump’s electrical plug to slip through.
If the pot lacks a drainage hole, you need to drill one in either the lower side or bottom of the pot. You may need to enlarge an existing hole.
Use a masonry drill bit for ceramic, clay, or unglazed pottery; a spade bit for plastic; and a step bit for metal containers.
Step 3: Assemble the Pot Fountain
Discover detailed instructions in the video below
Pot Fountain Care
A DIY fountain is a low-maintenance affair.
- Summer: Keep the water level above the filter box.
- Fall: Check the debris screen frequently for autumn leaves.
- Winter: In the Mid-Atlantic region stop running the pump when water temperatures remain near 40 degrees F. Before frost empty your pot of all water. Cover it with a water-excluding tarp. If possible, store your pot fountain in a frost-free spot for winter. Disassemble and clean the filter.
- Spring: If you didn’t last winter, clean the filter before starting the fountain for the new garden season.
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