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27 DIY Water Fountain To Make Your Garden More Appealing

A DIY water fountain is inexpensive to make and will provide you with a wealth of benefits. Not only is a water fountain an attractive addition to a garden or other outdoor area, but it’s also a stress reducer. Water fountains are easier to care for than ponds and waterfalls too.

The sound of running water calms the nerves and listening to the soothing sound of a DIY water fountain after a long, stressful workday will relax you. A homemade fountain can improve your quality of life, improve your health, make your garden more attractive and add value to your home. That’s a lot of return for a small investment of your time and money.

Check out these 27 DIY water fountain and features to discover the one you want to make this weekend.

1- Concrete Water Fountain

This modern design is easy to create and fits in perfectly with a clean-line design scheme. It provides beauty to look at and the sounds of both splashing and running water.

This free-standing fountain doesn’t require maintenance and can be placed anywhere you would like to enjoy the sound of moving water. Concrete can be colored with a special cement color so the DIY water fountain like this one by familyhandyman can be created to match your outdoor decor.

You may decide to add an extra ‘pop’ of outdoor color by coloring the cement a bright blue, red, or orange. One of the great thing about a DIY project is that you can personalize it with your favorite color or other unique design elements. You may also like to see other similar article such as diy rain barrels.

DIY water fountain
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2- Table Top DIY Water Fountain

A bowl, ball, pump, pea gravel, and water can be quickly joined together to create a DIY water fountain like this one by todayscreativelife with these easy-to-follow instructions. Five components and five minutes are all you need to create this attractive and soothing tabletop water fountain.

Easy to move, take this water feature anywhere you want so you can enjoy the sight and sound of running water wherever you are sitting.

As an added benefit, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the water. The fragrance will fill the air and put a smile on your face.

Table Top Water Fountain
Image via: todayscreativelife

3- Terra Cotta DIY Water Fountain

Terra cotta planters can easily be transformed into a large water feature for your garden with these detailed instructions.

The large size makes this fountain an inviting feature to place near your front entryway. The DIY water feature like this one by instructables will also be a welcoming sight and sound for you each time you return home.

The terra cotta material gives the homemade water fountain a natural look so it blends in well with any surrounding landscape. Use the large-sized fountain as the focal point of a flower garden. The inviting water and flowers will attract birds and butterflies to come and take a refreshing drink of water and have a meal of flower pollen. You may also like to see other similar article such as homemade water filters.

Terra Cotta Water Fountain
Image via: instructables

4- Disappearing In-Ground Water Fountain

This is ideal for a large courtyard entryway or garden seating area. The DIY water fountain like this one by instructables components are all underground and no one will know it’s there – until it’s turned on.

This large disappearing fountain looks like a geyser gushing up from the ground when it’s turned on. There is no pond to maintain with this design. The stones surrounding the base of the water feature keep an underground basin hidden from view. All you will see is water coming up from the ground, splashing back down and disappearing under the decorative stones.

Simple design that is easy to construct with these free DIY building plans.

Disappearing In-Ground Water Fountain
Image via: instructables

5- Glass Table DIY Water Fountain

Use these free plans to recycle an old glass top table into a gorgeous DIY garden fountain like this one by centraltexasgardener. An ideal feature to place along a serene walking path in a garden with a bench nearby.

Take a stroll through a colorful garden, then stop a relax while listening to the sound of running water.  A great way to unwind and de-stress after a long day.

This unique design makes the glass tabletop look as though it is rising out of a bed of river rocks with sheets of water running down on each side of the glass. The see-through water feature allows for a wide variety of ways to express your own garden design on each side of the water feature.

Glass Table Water Fountain
Image via: centraltexasgardener

6- Laminar Flow Water Fountain

With this unusual and charming homemade water fountain by makezine, the water becomes the feature instead of the fountain.

Laminar flow delivers a smooth, steady flow of water that doesn’t splash or cause any type of water turbulence. As the water rises from the fountain, it is manipulated into different patterns and creates spell-binding effects.

Laminar flow tubing can be structured to make the water have a sphere-like look, a dancing effect or many other flow patterns. The DIY build is easy, and so is achieving the desired water effect with these instructions.

Laminar Flow Water Fountain
Image via: makezine

7- DIY Water Fountain Planter

These free plans will show you how to make a water feature like this one by flowerpatchfarmhouse that is also a planter. The galvanized steel tubs give it a farmhouse look, and a few inexpensive solar lights will illuminate it at night.

The large size and lighting make this an ideal planter to use in a central location of a walking garden. Create four pathways through the flower garden, all leading to this centrally located illuminated water fountain planter. Add some seating and small tables and you’ll have a perfect little hideaway right in the middle of your flower garden. A great place to escape with a cup of tea and a good book.

Water Fountain Planter
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8- Showering Water Fountain

Gentle showers of a waterfall from this DIY water fountain by thecreativemeandmymcg and creating the relaxing sound of a soft, summer rain shower.

Detailed plans provided written instructions as well as a picture tutorial that will walk you through this easy build process. The basic build is very simple and allows you to add your own personal touches on the outside so the fountain will fit in perfectly with your outdoor decor.

Add ledge to hold some potted plants, side seating, and don’t forget about placing a rubber ducky in the water for a touch of whimsy.

Showering Water Fountain
Image via: thecreativemeandmymcg

9- DIY Bamboo Water Fountain

A great tabletop water feature that has an oriental flare with the usage of bamboo. Start this easy DIY build with a large, decorative bowl. Any heavy ceramic bowl will do or you make one from concrete. Paint it any color desired to match your outdoor decor.

The most visible parts of this designs are created with bamboo and give DIY water fountain like this one by safaffect an oriental look. The small size makes it great for use on the balcony of an apartment or condo, and the sound of running water will help to drown out the surrounding noises.

DIY water fountain
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10- Buried DIY Water Fountain

A great asset to a tranquil backyard garden. This buried fountain makes the water appear to rise out of the ground in an upright stream.

All the components are hidden underground and out of sight. The water stream is surrounded by smooth river rocks placed in a circular pattern, but that can be adapted to your own personal style. Create a square or star pattern, use colorful pea gravel or add a couple of large boulders that can double as seating. The decorative possibilities this buried water fountain provide are limitless.

Plant flowers in a semi-circle around the perimeter of the DIY water fountain like this one by goodshomedesign, add some solar lights and bench for resting so you can have your own backyard oasis.

Buried Water Fountain
Image via: goodshomedesign

11- Whimsical Water Fountain

Add a touch of whimsy to your front walkway to a flower garden with this unique DIY water feature by fleamarketgardening created from recycled galvanized components.

An old galvanized washtub, galvanized bucket, watering can and tubing can be stacked together at an angle to create planters and a water feature that takes up a very small space, yet will have a big impact as an outdoor decorative piece.

Grow herbs, flowers or vegetables in the planters as a never-ending supply of water seems to be pouring out of the tops water can and down into the tub below. Great use of space and recycled components. You may also like to see other similar article such as diy water pump.

Whimsical Water Fountain
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12- Pond Water Fountain

Use these free plans to design and build your own pond water fountain like this one by ohmy-creative that can grow aquatic plants and fish while providing you with the soothing sound of running water.

Transform an unused space in your landscape into a thriving oasis for plants, fish, and people with this idea. A mixture of flat and round stones surround an underground pond liner so nothing is visible but water. A hidden water pump keeps the water flowing for a waterfall effect over the flat stones on one end of the small pond.

Add colorful plants around the perimeter of the pond and colorful Koi fish inside pond for a bounty of color that will complement the relaxing sound of the waterfall.

Pond Water Fountain
Image via: ohmy-creative

13- Tea Kettle DIY Water Fountain

Give grandma’s tea kettle and grandpa’s wine barrel new life by recycling them into a one-of-a-kind DIY water fountain like this one by hometalk for your landscape.

Recycling antiques, especially if they belonged to an ancestor, is a great way to pay homage to them, preserve history and create something beautiful for you to enjoy. Tea kettles and wine barrels are not items often used in today’s modern homes, but they can become re-used in new and decorative ways that fit in perfectly with modern home and landscape design.

This unique idea and free building plans will show you how to put together old antiques to create one new, nostalgic homemade water fountain that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Tea Kettle Water Fountain
Image via: hometalk

14- Planter Pots DIY Water Fountain

Use these detailed plans and a couple of old decorative planter pots to create a lovely tabletop water fountain like this one by interiorfrugalista.

Great for small outdoor spaces, this water fountain boasts one unique feature – it sprays water upwards instead of running it downwards. The concealed sprayer creates a gentle spray of water from the top of the planter pot fountain, and the bi-level design catches all the water so there’s no mess.

Some of the water will create an over-spray on surrounding plants, making the space adjacent to the water fountain a perfect place for planting water-loving plants.

Planter Pots Water Fountain
Image via: interiorfrugalista

15- Three-Tiered Water Fountain

Large and stately, this classic design commands attention. Three tiers of trickling water in the DIY water fountain like this one by instructables will make it the show-stopping centerpiece of any garden. The trickling water will also drown out surrounding noise so you can enjoy relief from city noises and neighbors.

Start with this statuesque water fountain, then create your garden sanctuary around it. This ideal garden focal point is an easy DIY project with detailed instructions.

Three-Tiered Water Fountain
Image via: instructables

16- Pottery Water Fountain

If you would like a smaller scale, three-tiered fountain like this one by jparisdesigns than the previous design. this might be the one for you. Made from three pottery bowls in graduating sizes, this is an easy and inexpensive creation.

Three decorative pottery bowls can be purchased very cheaply at a flea market or salvage store, then put together using these free plans to create a unique water feature. The lovely colors and sound of soothing water will make this a welcomed addition to any backyard garden.

Can be used in the front yard near the entryway too to increase curb appeal and allow you to start unwinding before you even enter your door after work. The sound and sight of running water are so relaxing that just looking at it for a minute before entering your home can improve your mood. You may also like to see other similar article such as diy self watering planters.

Pottery Water Fountain
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17- Large Pot DIY Water Fountain

One large ceramic pot can equal one lovely DIY water fountain like this one by lowes for your garden. Make this homemade fountain the focal point in your garden by placing it in the center, then planting low growing flowers all around it.

This large ceramic pot has water over-flowing its edges all the time to provide a soothing sight and sound. Place a bench and bird feeder nearby and you may even have the joy of watching birds take a bath in the gently flowing water of this garden fountain.

Large Pot Water Fountain
Image via: lowes

18- DIY Vessel Fountain

It is one of the simplest ways of forming a beautiful and gorgeous looking diy water fountains like this one by tallcloverfarm.

Materials needed:

  • An over sized vessel – make sure it is absolutely attractive because it would be the point for the waterfall.
  • Water pump
  • Bricks or stones – these are required for further beautification
  • Basin – the water container (this must be according to the size of fountain you want).

Simply dig in the hole, fix the basin and add bricks around it for aesthetic appeal. You need to fix the vessel and pump together on the basin.

Image via: tallcloverfarm

19- Concrete Made Fountain

If you are looking for a small garden fountain like this one by familyhandyman, here is the perfect choice for you. The actual beauty of the fountain lies in its main vessel or structure, which is made from concrete. You can simply get over the entire process in two days. River stones must be used for decoration in this type of design.

Concrete made fountain
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20- Stone Assembled Fountain

You do not have to go an extra-mile in bringing out the best in your garden. Here is a simplest answer to your most inquired question, how to make a water fountain like this one by instructables. All you need is:

  • Stones – mix sized
  • Waterproof base (dish)
  • Pump
  • Drill machine
  • Small rocks
  • Copper pipe
  • Gravel

All you need is two days to bring out the wonderful diy water fountain. You might face trouble in getting the stones drilled, but you can take professional help for from expert. This is an ideal backyard fountain too.

Stone assembled fountain
Image via: instructables

21- Ceramic Planter Fountain

This is the most decorative kind of fountain by landscaping.about that requires little more effort information. It might cost you around $200 – it is a large garden fountain plan, so work according to your need. There is technicality involved, so you might need help from some professional too.

22- Oversized Pot Fountain

If you think, how to build fountain using a pot like this one by finegardening, here is the quick and simple process for you.

Material needed:

  • Oversized Pot
  • Pumping machine
  • Oversized water basin
  • Grating

You need to follow the detailed plan for getting the exact information about the project. However, a quick overview is to make a hole in the pot, install the reservoir, adjust the pumping machine and add the finishing. It is up to you what kind of appeal you want to add.

Oversized Pot fountain
Image via: finegardening

23- Laughing Fountain

Follow simple eight steps to get a simple yet stylish kind of a diy water fountain like this one by sunset that can enhance the appeal of your garden. You do not need to spend lots of money over this plan; you need:

  • A plastic bucket – the shape and size you want your fountain to be
  • A smaller ceramic container
  • Plastic tubing
  • Stones for detailing
  • Necessary supplies
Laughing fountain
Image via: sunset

24- Floral Pot Fountain

Look for the older flowerpots that you must have thrown in the backyard. It is time to make the most of various flowerpots together and form a diy water fountain. With a little creative approach, you can have five to six in a big garden space. Follow the link and get the knowledge from this video tutorial by landscaping.wonderhowto:

Floral pot fountain
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25- Container To A Fountain

Within your garden space, you can make this kind of stone garden fountain by gardengatemagazine. Use cobblestones for filling the slanted container, as they look gorgeous. You do not need any special material for having executing this plan. Make sure you place this kind of fountain where here is a bunch of bright flowers because it would look really beautiful.

Container to a fountain
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26- Marble Water Fountain

For having a beautiful marble fountain like this one by familyhandyman, you need to understand some technical details. Here is a tip – always use light color marble so that it looks appealing. For your ease, the link on the image will guide you towards coming up with a sexy looking garden fountain.

Marble fountain
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27- Natural Set-Up For Fountain

This kind of diy water fountain by familyhandyman is formed by simply arranging the big and small cobble stones – the technical comes into play when you are supposed to adjust the water pump without destroying the outlook.

Natural set-up for fountain
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  2. Very helpful. Excellent instructions

  3. I saw something that looked like a concrete made fountain in a friends garden awhile back and loved it. I have been looking for something like it, but have not been able to get what I am looking for within my budget. I had no idea that it was possible to do something like this myself. I will have to give this a try.

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