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Mountain Gardening: Create a Movable Fountain for Under $100

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Create a one-of-a-kind movable fountain for your patio using a planter, ceiling diffuser, fountain kit and polished rocks - all for under $100.

 A movable fountain can fit any garden.
Materials included a planter, diffuser and fountain pump kit.

Lowe's challenged us regional garden experts to create something for our gardens for $100 or less. Faced with Lowe's $100 gift card, I couldn't decide what to build.

I wanted a project that was both fun and functional that could add a finishing touch to my patio garden. After searching Lowes.com for inspiration, I landed on the perfect idea: a water fountain I could move from place to place.

The hardest part about putting together this do-it-myself fountain was deciding on the container. The shelves in the garden center at my local Lowe's teem with beautiful planters in all shapes, sizes, styles and colors. I was trying to decide among three different planters when I spotted a red Carmelita planter that fit the Southwest feel of my patio garden.

Use a round drill bit to remove the center from the diffuser.

To create your own movable patio fountain, you'll need the following materials:

one large planter, with at least a 12-in opening (#354907)
one 5-quart plastic container (#206701)
one ceiling diffuser (#70431)
one fountain pump kit (#8417)
Polished rocks in assorted sizes (#139462)

Optional:
Plant stand (#375297) and clay saucer (#94458)

Assemble the pump and fountain.

Here's how to do it:

1. Assemble the materials.Plug the container's drainage hole with a cork or other stopper.

2. Drill out the center from the diffuser (a 1-in-round drill bit did the job).

3. Remove the pump from the packaging and follow assembly instructions.

4. Select a head for the fountain; I chose the bubbler over a spray.

5. Assemble the fountain by placing the plastic bucket inside the container, and the pump inside the bucket. Position the cord over the edge of the container and fill the bucket with water.

Add rocks in layers.

6. Place the diffuser over the pump extension tube.

You can choose a bubbler or spray fountain.

7. Cover the diffuser with a layer of large rocks and top with smaller rocks.

8. Plug in the fountain and enjoy the relaxing sound of water bubbling over rocks. What would be the perfect Lowe's planter for a movable fountain in your garden?