Create this water feature in an afternoon
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Nothing is more relaxing than the sound of moving water in the garden. Here's how to build a one-of-a-kind water feature in a weekend.

This water feature consists of an underground, waterproof basin; sturdy grating; and a pot of your choice. Most of the supplies you will need can be found at a plumbing supply or hardware store or a nursery that carries water garden supplies.

Step 1: Plumb the pot

  • For this step, you'll need your decorative pot, a 1 3/4" by 1" barb fitting, a 1 3/4" PVC female adapter, plumbers epoxy, and a drill with a half-inch masonry bit.
  • First, using a masonry bit, create a drainage hole in the bottom of the pot. If yours already has a hole, it'll probably need to be widened by slowly rotating the masonry bit around the sides of the hole.
  • Then put the barb fitting into the hole so the threaded end goes inside the pot.
  • Next, thread the PVC female adapter onto the end of the barb inside of the pot.
  • Finally, put plumber's epoxy around the base of the fitting to seal it in place and make the container watertight.

Step 2: Install the reservoir

  • For this step, you'll need a waterproof catch basin, a few cinder blocks, some sand, a heavy duty plastic grate, four feet of flexible tubing, a submersible pump, two hose clamps, flexible screen/mesh, and a reciprocating saw.
  • TIP: A pot 30 inches tall or less will need a pump rated at 950 gallons per hour (gph) or less. A taller pot requires 950 gallons or more.
  • Dig a hole deep enough to allow your catch basin to sit slightly above ground level.
  • Shovel in a 1" layer of sand. This allows you to easily level the reservoir by shifting the sand.
  • Place two or three cinder blocks in the center of the basin to give additional support to the pot.
  • Cut a trap door in the corner of the plastic grate that is large enough for the pump to easily pass through. This gives you easy access to the pump for maintenance without having to disassemble the entire fountain.
  • Cut a small hole in the center of the grate for the flexible tubing.
  • Attach the one end of the tubing to the pump, clamp it in place, and poke the other end out the hole in the center of the grate.
  • Place the screening over the grate and cut a corresponding hole for the flexible tubing.

Step 3: Place the fountain

  • For this step, you will a length of 3/4" PVC pipe, black spray paint, and some decorative stones.
  • Cut a piece of 3/4" PVC pipe so that it is the same height as the pot and spray the top 6" with black paint.
  • Then, place the PVC pipe (black side up) into the PVC female adaptor in the bottom of the pot.
  • Bring the pot over to reservoir. Twist the flexible tubing onto the barb sticking out of the bottom of the pot and clamp in place.
  • Slowly lift the pot into a standing position. If you have a large pot, you may need a friend to help you with this step.
  • Place decorative stones on top of the screening to disguise the reservoir.
  • Then, fill the reservoir with water, turn on the pump, and enjoy.

Special thanks to Nelson Water Gardens for donating the materials for this project.