Terra Cotta Pot Fountain

Back yard ideas easy 21 hours ago
INSTRUCTIONS: You can see from the picture what kind of pots I used. The large basin on the bottom is plastic. You can also use a very large terra cotta saucer, but it doesn't hold much water and you have to keep refilling. I know because I tried it.

You can use any size pots you want. I like the strawberry pot because the water comes out of the holes.

The pump sits on the bottom of the big basin. You put a large size pot upside down in the big bowl to cover the pump as you see it in the picture, then stack other pots as you like. Then you just run clear hose (Lowes) from the pump (also Lowes) up to the top saucer. You have to do a little cutting and drilling on the first pot that the pump is under. Cut out a little space on the edge of that pot so the electrical cord can run through and so that the pot can sit flat and also drill a few holes in the upper rim of that pot so water can flow inside to the pump. Since the pots already have holes in the bottom, you will only have to drill through the center of the saucers to run the hose up.

You have to use a masonry bit. They are a little expensive, but well worth it. You should get a bit large enough to drill a hole the same size as the holes in the pots. Then get a hose wide enough, but one that will easily slide through to the top. I got everything I needed

  • Debby Boyle
    Debby Boyle Necedah, WI
    Very nice & would be cheap to make.
  • Nancy a Butcher
    Nancy a Butcher Chillicothe, OH
    What a good idea Love it !!
  • Jonell Everett
    Jonell Everett Clarkton, MO
    Love this idea..
  • Suz
    Suz Oklahoma City, OK
    ...awe relaxing those fountains--thanks for posting!...
  • Sondra A
    Sondra A Janesville, WI
    Very nice! and appears to be fairly simple and inexpensive to do.
  • Rosalee Carruthers
    What a fabulous idea!
  • Judith Lamb
    Judith Lamb Barling, AR
    Beautiful fountain! Thanks for sharing your idea.
  • Lynne
    Lynne Detroit, MI
    love the fountain!..looks beautiful, and the directions are so easy..thanks for the post
  • Marsha J
    Marsha J Chelsea, MA
    nice, and very doable. Have the drill bits in a set of them for concrete, wood, etc. not very $. Did you also GLUE? will check this out later...fabulous concept.
  • Joyce D
    Joyce D Hallstead, PA
    Great piece of garden ART! Found a use for a small garden fountain that has been stored!
  • Judy Gerardi
    Judy Gerardi Anaheim, CA
    WOW I have everything but the bottom basin, so off to my favorite store later. Thanks for a great idea. Do the birds come to it?
  • Mari
    Mari Beaumont, TX
    I love this idea. And, since it would be sitting in the sun a solar pump would work perfectly. Also a light inside of the strawberry pot would really make it stand out at night.
  • Judy Gerardi
    Judy Gerardi Anaheim, CA
    I made the fountain! I used a mosaiced pot for the base and a strawberry pot that I already had (ready to mosaic). I didn't glue it as I thought it might be easier to clean without. Still thinking about that one. Also got a few bags of assorted rocks at
  • Rachel
    Rachel Deland, FL
    Hi Debbie, I love your work of art and I hope to try it soon! Thank you for sharing it with us all!
  • Becky H
    Becky H Tampa, FL
    I would think you could use pot feet for the bottom pot, so the water could flow through and to allow the cord to the pump to fit under.
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