New Water Feature From Old Birdbath and Rusted Fountain

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What do you do with a "customized" plastic birdbath and rusty, old water fountain? You combine them to make a cool, new water feature for your yard, of course!
The fountain pieces had been used around the garden as planters and platforms for other yard decor....the fountain had been used with a tray to hold water for the birds that frequent the yard. Time for an upgrade!
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1. My husband and I decided on a layout of the miscellaneous pieces. The bird feeder did not make the final cut for this project - save it for another day.
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2. All chosen parts were spray painted with Rust-Oleum "Hammered" in a dark copper color. My husband drilled the holes off center, to accommodate the electrical cord for the water pump. He knew the pump would sit to one side of the center -
  • new water feature from old birdbath and rusted fountain, outdoor living, ponds water features, repurposing upcycling
The hole is off-center, because the cord will snake through the scroll design at the base of the former birdbath.
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The dogs approve of the upgrade to their handiwork!
  • new water feature from old birdbath and rusted fountain, outdoor living, ponds water features, repurposing upcycling
The pump wire was run through the column of the original birdbath, down to the base. Flexible plumbing hose was attached to the water pump, and cut to fit under the old water fountain base. The water pump was turned to its highest setting to be able to pump water through the fountain parts.
  • new water feature from old birdbath and rusted fountain, outdoor living, ponds water features, repurposing upcycling
Set up in the garden - and filled with water. Success! Now, the hole is covered by the freshly painted "old" water fountain base, and the slight chips from when the dogs knocked it over in their puppy days add character to the "new" base. Set the new feature atop a 16" X 16" concrete paver for stability. The garden is now fenced off from the rest of the yard and offset from our patio. ;)
  • new water feature from old birdbath and rusted fountain, outdoor living, ponds water features, repurposing upcycling
A landscape (putty colored) extension cord was plugged into the fountain pump cord to reach the outdoor (weather-proof and grounded) electrical outlet.

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