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Two-Tier Patio Water Fountain

Listen to the soft burble of water spilling over rocks in this DIY fountain you can add to your deck or patio.

Water fountain made from stacked flowerpots.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Drill and 1-1/8-in spade bit
  • Caulking gun (optional)


  • 15.2-in ceramic planter, #485144
  • 9.8-in ceramic planter, #485136
  • Water feature bubbler kit with pump, #8417
  • Plastic flowerpot, 7–8-in tall
  • 15.31-in black plastic plant saucer, #485112
  • .5 cu ft egg rock, #93893
  • 4 - drain stoppers, #386939
  • Clear silicone caulk, #396587

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If the ceramic pots or plastic saucers shown are unavailable in your area, select a combination where the saucer fits snugly inside the rim of the larger replacement pot. The smaller ceramic pot should have a centered drain hole. For the larger pot, you may need to select larger or smaller drain stoppers for the holes in the bottom.

Step 1

Caulk around stoppers to seal the flowerpot.

Apply clear silicone caulk around a drain hole in the bottom of the large ceramic pot and around a drain stopper. From inside the pot, firmly press the stopper into the hole and caulk again around the edges of the stopper. Repeat for the remaining holes.

Step 2

Seal the undersides of the holes

After the caulk has set for an hour, turn the pot over and seal around the stoppers from the underside. Take care to avoid pushing the stoppers loose with the tip of the caulk tube. Allow the caulk to dry overnight before continuing.

Step 3

Drill a hole in the plastic saucer.

Place the plastic saucer on a piece of scrap wood and drill a 1-1/8-inch hole at the center. Hold the bit steady to avoid accidentally cracking the plastic.

Step 4

Fill the ceramic pot with water to submerge the fountain pump.

Place the large pot where you’ll want your fountain. Turn a plastic pot roughly 7 to 8 inches tall upside down and rest it on the bottom of the large pot. With the extension tube installed, rest the pump on the top of the overturned pot and fill the large pot with water to about 1 inch below the rim.

Step 5

Install the plastic saucer on the fountain.

Fully extend the pump tubes and center the pump to allow the tube to pass through the hole in the saucer. Position the saucer so the rim is evenly supported by the inside of the large ceramic pot.

Step 6

Place the second pot on the saucer.

Place the smaller ceramic pot on the saucer with the extension tube coming up through the drain hole of the pot. Work carefully to avoid accidentally pulling the extension tube free of the pump.

Step 7

Install the fountain nozzle.

Select the nozzle of your choice and install it on the end of the extension tube. (The fountain kit comes with three options.) With water in the bottom pot, you can experiment with different nozzles to find the pattern you like.

Step 8

Add rocks to the pot and saucer.

Spread the rocks on a hard surface, such as a driveway or walk, and rinse them with water until they’re clean. Place rocks in the saucer to surround the upper pot. Then add rocks to the upper pot until they reach the nozzle.

Good to Know

Using rocks straight from the bag will add debris to the water in the fountain and clog the pump filter.

Step 9

This space-saving ceramic-pot fountain adds the gentle sound of burbling water to a deck or patio. --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

Plug in the fountain and adjust the nozzle as needed. Check that the water doesn’t splash outside the saucer and drain the fountain.


Explore more water feature projects:

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Deck-Top Pond

Concrete Sphere Fountain

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Good to Know

To maintain the fountain, periodically disassemble it to reach the pump. Then clean the pump filter in warm soapy water. In cold climates, disassemble the fountain and remove all of the water before storing it. Never allow water to freeze inside the pots.