Easy Garden Improvements – DIY Fountain

Whether you’re looking to add something nice and new to your own home, or want to upgrade a rental property or a home you plan to sell, here is a great, easy project that you’ll really enjoy for a long time to come.

Turn a few flower pots into this attractive terra cotta fountain that’s simple to make. Stay right here and we’ll show you how.

This fountain lets you enjoy the sound of trickling water, and is great on either a table top, or in a corner of your garden. Let’s take a look at what you’ll need. A fourteen inch terra cotta saucer. A seven inch saucer A six inch saucer. Three four inch saucers. A six inch flower pot and a four inch flower pot. You’ll also need a fountain pump, plastic tubing to fit the pump’s outlet, silicone sealer, clear spray sealer, a round file, and a drill with a three eighths inch masonry bit.

Start by spraying the inside of the fourteen inch saucer with clear spray. Let it dry, and give it an additional coat or two to make it water proof. While that’s drying, take the remaining saucers and flower pots, and soak them in water for at least an hour. That will make it easier to drill holes and file notches in them.

Place the seven inch saucer over a piece of wood for support, and drill a hole through the center using the masonry bit. Use the file if needed to enlarge the hole so the plastic tubing fits through. File four notches in the lip of the six inch flower pot. Make sure one of the notches is large enough for the power cord of the pump to fit through. Also file four notches in one of the four inch saucers. Take the seven inch saucer and file a notch in the lip. If you file at a slight downward angle it will work better as a spout for the water.

Attach the plastic tubing to the pump’s outlet. If it’s difficult to slide on, warm the tubing in hot water to soften it. Turn the six inch pot upside down and slide the tubing through. Set the seven inch saucer on top so the tubing also goes through the hole, and adjust the tube so the pump sits flat on the bottom. Then trim the end of the tube leaving about a half inch extra. Seal the end of the tube with the silicone sealant, and let it dry.

Take the four inch saucer with four notches, and place it over the tubing. Turn the four inch flower pot upside down, and place it next to the first column. Notch the six inch saucer, and place it on top. Take a four inch saucer, turn it upside down and place it next to the second column. Notch the last four inch saucer and place it on top.

Fill the base with water until it almost reaches the rim. Plug the pump into a ground fault protected outlet, and adjust the flower pots and flow of the pump as needed. Finish your terra cotta fountain with decorative rocks, gravel, potted plants, or anything else you would like to add. Remember to add additional water from time to time as needed.  We’re sure this will add a lovely, relaxing experience to your home.

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