I love my home, but I have always thought the front yard was pretty dull. We basically have all grass in the front yard, and a little planter area right next to the walkway. We have lived here for 10 years and in that time have never done anything with the little planter area. It has always had a pine tree and some scraggly bushes. So I thought “this is the year!!” and decided to add a little color to this front area of our home. Plus, I love the sound of fountains and I have wanted to add a fountain for a really long time. The problem with fountains is that they are really expensive.
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So when I saw a great tutorial on The Hip House Girl — with a DIY fountain you can make with a pot, I wanted to give it a try! And it took a few revisions but I love the new look to our front yard!!
Recirculating Ceramic Pot Fountain
Plus – there’s a $100 Lowe’s Gift Card giveaway at the bottom of the post – make something for YOUR home this Summer!!
Here’s what you need:
- Ceramic pot.
- 5-gallon bucket.
- Aluminum L-brackets
- Screen material.
- Submersible pump, hose and if you want — an attachment for fountain spray.
- outdoor plug with GFCI
Here’s a printable sketch and description of what I did (click on the link for more information):
Here’s what you do:
- Dig a hole to bury a 5-gallon bucket in your yard.
- Cut aluminum L-brackets to fit over the bucket (these will carry the weight of your pot and water for the fountain).
- Use wire cutters to make a square of wire mesh material to fit over the pot with a hole in the middle for the pump hose to go through. I also covered the mesh with some smaller window screen material to keep debris from falling inside of the bucket.
- Put the pump on the bottom of the bucket. I rested the pump on a plastic tupperware container filled with rocks. This keeps the debris that is collected at the bottom of the pot from getting in the pump.
- Run the tubing up through the mesh and through the ceramic pot above and attach it to the Nozzle kit to the top. I used rocks to hold the tubing in place at the bottom of the pot. I also ran the tubing through a length of PVC pipe to keep it straight. I painted the PVC pipe black to match the tubing. More details on this in the printable sketch.
- I had to experiment to find the right kind of caulk to use for this project. You need silicone caulk that is made to withstand water. Apply the caulk and allow it to dry according to the directions before you get it wet.
- Then add water, add power and you are ready to go!!
Be sure to see The Hip House Girl for her tutorial. And, Lowe’s also has a great tutorial on how to make a fountain with a pot on their Creative ideas website. This is a quick, weekend project that can bring you so much satisfaction! It’s perfect for a backyard project too!