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How to make a water fountain

Creating a water fountain or water feature has been such a rewarding diy project. The sound it makes literally washes away the stress of the day.

So join me in this tutorial, where I walk you through how we made it.

I teamed up with smartpond and Lowe's to hopefully inspire you to add a water feature to your garden or yard. I have been compensated for this article, but all opinions, ideas and pictures are my own.



This is a picture heavy post, but I tried to use collages so I did not bore you into a scrolling frenzy. 

First I want to thank Stacey at Poofing the Pillows for thinking of me  and partnering me up on this project. If you are not familiar with her blog, then be sure to drop by. I cannot wait to see what she comes up with! Second I want to thank smartpond for contacting me, working with them has been a dream come true.

smartpond water feature - How to make a water fountain

I know you are going to love it as much as I do. 

If you are a current reader of my blog, then you know we have been sand deep and wheelbarrow high in a huge backyard makeover. I'm talking dust bowl to oasis. So when smartpond contacted me, their timing was perfect. 

 I enlisted my hard working husband to be my welder, muscle and partner in this. Getting started with how we made ours:


Materials List:


1 - Low Water Shut Off Fountain Pump (smartpond)

1 - 2' x 4' x 2' Water Trough/Stock tank (Tractor Supply)

1- 2' x 8' long corrugated metal sheet (Lowe's Home Improvement Store)

1 -12 gallon kitchen garbage can

Potting Soil 

2 - Japanese Honeysuckle vines

2 - Pinky Winky Hydrangea bushes

1 - Garden Watering Can (thrift store)

Scrap Lumber

Scrap Metal Frame ** See Notation

Various Plumbing parts. (pipe elbows, flange, washers and wing nuts) * See notation

6 to 8 Bricks (optional)


Heavy Duty wire cutters

Staple gun and staples

Drill 

Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Protective gloves

10 oz. Apple Cider Vinegar in a spray bottle



* I did not specify the size of plumbing parts, because you can pick a smaller size or whatever suits your needs. We actually had the pipe elbows and flanges left over from another diy project. The size we used was 1".

** The scrap metal frame is something we had laying around. It's actually the "side" of a metal shelving unit. You could easily build a similar frame out of pallet or scrap wood or whatever you have laying around. 

Assembly:

I bought the tank and galvanized metal and started playing with it. So when Greg brought out the scrap shelf frame he had in his scrap pile and asked if I wanted to use it to "picture frame" around the corrugated metal?

I said hell yeah! So he got to work "sandwiching" the metal roofing to the frame. Then he welded metal pins to the bottom of the frame. (see the middle picture, below). These pins are going to be used to secure it to the large tank. Once he had the pins welded, he made the necessary holes in the tank, to secure it with washers and wing nuts. 

How to make a custom water feature


Using leftover plumbing flanges, elbows and brass screws he also created a spout for the water to come out.

I used blue arrows pointing below to show exactly where the plumbing flange and 2" elbow located on the front, are secured in the back and how (using left over nuts and bolts). 

It also shows the plumbing elbow and valve where the water will enter in from the back.

How to make a custom water fountain

Next I got to work distressing the brand new trough or stock tank. I tried a couple of different methods but so far what worked best was sanding or grinding off the glossy finish first. Then wearing protective gloves, coat the entire area with a thick coat of Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner and let it marinate.

 I left it on for about 18 hours and rinsed it off. Then using a spray bottle I sprayed it with Apple Cider Vinegar. Once a day for two days.

How to age metal so it looks old.

I should hopefully start seeing some rusty spots very soon! 

Now for the fun part. I used a kitchen garbage can as my water reservoir. I had planned on using a plastic tub, but then height was an issue. The tank is two feet tall. So instead of boosting up a huge plastic tub, I bought a garbage can that is only two inches shorter then my tank.

I added a 6 bricks inside the garbage can, for the pump to sit on and for height to keep within the GPH guidelines. The distance on ours is 3 feet from the top of the water line to the spout.


After turning on the pump,  I started to
test different "covers" so I could cover the garbage can. My goal was to plant a small garden around the fountain. We tried using more leftover sheet metal, but I wasn't liking how much water bounced into the potting soil and not back in the water reservoir. I had to refill the garbage can every ten minutes. So the auto shut off feature works great!

Water Fountain

So back to Lowe's I went and found something that seems to be working perfectly. It's called Hardware Cloth, but I call it wire mesh. You can find this in the fencing aisle of your local Lowe's. Using the mesh, now more water is getting directly in the reservoir and not watering the plants. 

We made a frame out of scrap wood, sized to fit over the top of the garbage can, and I got too work cutting and stapling the mesh to the wood frame. Our frame has a notch on the left side to allow the tubing and power cord to go through, so after I had the mesh/cloth all stapled.....I cut out a flap to let the cords go through. See below.


I popped the frame and mesh over the top of my garbage can. Filled it with water, adding two very large bags of potting soil to the empty spaces in the tank and got to work on planting.

I used some annuals that I had lying around, two hydrangea bushes and 2 Honeysuckle vines.

You ready to see the finished product?

Water Fountain - A step by step tutorial on how to make a custom water fountain.

The pump being the work horse it is, the water just poured out of the spout. We decided to try to add something so it would let the water trickle and not "pour" so much. Greg goes scrounging around in his scrap pile again, and finds get this:

a vintage commercial coffee pot filter. Where does he find this stuff!

He placed it underneath the spout and it literally turned the water into the sound of a rain forest.

Perfect! 

DIY Water Fountain


DIY Water Fountain




DIY Water Fountain



DIY Water Fountain


DIY Water Feature for the garden

Once the flowers fill in a bit more, it will cover more of the edges where mesh is showing.

But I am loving it, the sound is so peaceful, we will definitely be spending every spare minute out here.

DIY Fountain Project


DIY Fountain Project





Now for the giveaway!

The winner will be chosen on June 14th. To enter leave me a comment below. Each comment will be given a number in the order received. One comment per day equals one chance to win. That's it. That's all you need to do. If you do not have a blog, please make sure in your comment you leave me a way to contact you if you win. I will need an email address. 


Good Luck and come back daily to enter!

UPDATE: (June 14th)
The contest has ended and the winner is Vickie of Texas. Congrats Vickie!!



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