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Patio Water Feature is My Retreat

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Team Challenge! One year for my summer birthday gift, my hubby purchased a plug in fountain for the patio. That winter it was left outside and cracked in the cold temperatures. So the following year, he built me my very own Water feature! I have fallen in love with these and this year I decided to try and do it on my own. With a bit of trial and error I figured it out and love the results!
Time: 30 Minutes Cost: $50 Difficulty: Medium
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This is my patio before picture! Boring, dirty, empty, drab! This year we are a little late starting our fountain, but it's still necessary, as far as I'm concerned!
  • patio water feature is my retreat
You will want to start this project with a submersible pond pump. Make sure it's unplugged before using!!! My mistake was I had it plugged in while I was standing in water and couldn't figure out why I was getting zapped!
  • patio water feature is my retreat
Next you will place the pump into the bottom of a large pail. Fill the pail with rocks and bricks to cover the pump the best you can.
  • patio water feature is my retreat
Drill a hole into the back of a watering can to fit the pump hose into. I found this watering can at our local gardening store. You may have to screw the hose into the opening. Make sure the hose is in far enough not to pop back out.
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I placed the watering can inside another smaller pail and stabilized it using more rocks. It may need a bit of leverage to pour the water into the big pail. Just be sure the watering can is on a good angle. Wrap the cords and wires around the back of the smaller pail. It doesn't matter to much if you hide them, because the decor will cover it all.
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Fill both pails with water. I made sure the pump was plugged in and turned it on! It took second for the watering can to fill up but it worked wonderfully! Now my favorite part! The decorating!
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I found these colorful fall flowers at the dollar store. Once I pulled these apart, I added them to my water feature. Depending on the season, you can change your flowers to match!
  • patio water feature is my retreat
I didn't get many pictures the actual decorating part! I had other plants to hide all my cords, and the fall flowers were placed in the two pails to hide all the rocks!
  • patio water feature is my retreat
I am so so so happy with this! As you can see I have some ivy growing on the right hand side. By next year, I hope it's grown enough to cover my lattice! This is by far one of my favorite ways to relax! A good book on my favorite chair and listening to the gentle sounds of my water feature!!!

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  • Adele DuranGO
    Adele DuranGO Durango, CO
    on Sep 7, 2017

    Oh yaaa, this is sweet!

  • Nicki Redekop
    Nicki Redekop Canada
    on Sep 7, 2017

    wow!! thank you very much!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer Elizabeth City, NC
    on Sep 7, 2017

    Ahh nature, relax and enjoy!

  • Wendy
    Wendy
    on Sep 9, 2017

    What a peaceful and beautiful relaxation spot. I love the collaborative efforts!!

  • Lynne Webb
    Lynne Webb
    on Sep 16, 2017

    I am blessed with an abundance of outdoor electric outlets thanks to a previous owner who had an above ground pool and a hot tub. This is a real inspiration for probably next Spring. Just thinking, this would be great for apartment dwellers with sliding glass doors and patios even if it meant plugging and unplugging. To work all day and come home to a personal oasis.

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