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Mid-Atlantic Gardening: Create a Pot Fountain on the Cheap

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For less than $100 you can transform an ordinary pot into a soothing fountain. This easy weekend project doesn’t require any special DIY skills.

Pot fountain
Container fountain kit

By Julie Martens Forney

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.

Any pot can be a fountain

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.

Drill or enlarge drainage hole

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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Pot Fountain Video Slideshow