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Two DIY Fountains

Fountain in a pot

It's that time of year when I start thinking garden fountains, and these two ideas are easy enough for any diy-er to tackle.

First up is a bubbling fountain, pictured above, from Sunset. To make one, you'll need to assemble the following:

  • 'One 5-gal. plastic bucket, slightly wider than large pot's base diameter
  • Tin snips
  • Electric drill with a masonry bit
  • Submersible fountain pump that lifts water at least 3 ft.
  • One 2-ft. square of very sturdy expanded steel mesh
  • 42 in. of plastic tubing that fits the pump outlet
  • Two glazed ceramic containers, one smaller in diameter so it nests into the other
  • Silicone caulking
  • Stones to cover the steel mesh'

Go to this step by step how-to to see it come together.

 Next is this 3-tiered fountain from Martha. 

Pyramidal Pots Water Fountain

Again, you'll need some supplies. They are...

  • Three terra-cotta display pots 
  • Two support pots (Martha says that the size of the pots don't really matter. They just need to nest within each other as shown in the how-to's diagram.)
  • Foam sealant
  • 1" diameter flexible plastic tubing
  • A 375-gallon-per-hour pump
  • Wooden shims
  • A flow-control valve

For the entire tutorial, visit this page at Martha.  

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