Abi Partridge
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DIY Tub or Bucket Water Feature

Make this water feature for your outside space. The sound of water flowing is relaxing and to watch it is therapeutic. It adds an extra touch to a coastal themed garden. This is a simple feature with beachey pebbles and would suit a country or beach style garden. It also works well for a pond less or small outside space.
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Assemble your items.
diy tub or bucket water feature, ponds water features
Cut hole in the bottom of the plastic plant pot. Cut garden wire to fit the top of the pail, cut the tubing to just at the wire level. Then remove the wire.
Place pump with tubing inside bucket, place the plant pot over and thread tubing through the hole. Place plug cable over side of bucket.
diy tub or bucket water feature, ponds water features
Fit wire into the bucket above pot and pump, place pebbles on wire to cover.
diy tub or bucket water feature, ponds water features
Pour some water into the bucket and plug in to outside safe and waterproof socket and turn on. You may need to adjust the amount of water in the bucket, too much and it will spill over the sides. You will probably need to top up the water in hot weather.
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Place your pond less water feature in your garden, balcony or courtyard and enjoy.

Suggested materials:

  • Bucket or pail  (vintage shop)
  • Water pump  (amazon)
  • Pebbles  (pound shop)
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Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Hanneke Bennett
    on Jun 21, 2016

    Not actually a question! I really love this idea and am thinking to use a narrower gauge wire so there's less chance for the stones to fall through. What's your thought on that?

    • Hanneke Bennett
      on Jun 22, 2016

      Haha! Of course it is! Just wondering out loud how hard it would be to bend it would be, I guess!

  • Melody
    on Jun 22, 2016

    the water pump, is it submersible or the "keep it dry" pump?

    • Sue Kiene
      on Jun 26, 2016

      Any type of submersible hydroponic pump will work. It would probably be a good idea to have a dial down feature on it so you can adjust the amount of water that flows. Mine is an Active Agua but it is not solar. Mine will move up to a 1000 gallon per hour but its use is to take my sump pump water thru a hose out to my vegetable or flower gardens.

  • Pat
    on Jun 27, 2016

    This is one of the items on my to do list now. Thanks for the idea. By the way, do they make solar powered pumps?

    • J
      on Jun 29, 2016

      Yes. I believe Harbor freight and amazon both have them

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  • Cheryl Gillman
    on May 21, 2018

    This is such a great idea!! I rent so can't actually dig a pond but this is the next best thing! Definitely going to make this for my deck!!

  • Charitie Drye
    on Aug 15, 2018

    I have an added idea. Put it in the ground, like a babbling spring

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