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One of the Easiest (and Coolest) DIY Water Features

7 Materials
4 Hours

In just one afternoon, you can build this easy and super cool pondless water fountain. What’s so interesting about this is that the basin is “invisible” so it looks like water from the fountain is just seeping into the ground. Detailed instructions can be found on my blog at
  • Dig a hole to fit your basin. I actually built my fountain inside a raised garden bed, which worked out great…. A lot less digging. But, you can put this anywhere. Just make sure that you bury the basin but keep the top of the basin level with the ground so that you can set the grill on top at exactly ground level.
  • Put your basin into the hole and backfill the outside to make sure it’s nice and secure.
  • Assemble your pump and place it at the bottom of the basin.
  • Set the mesh screen food cover tent over your pump, and then place some rocks/stones along the edges to hold the mesh down so it doesn’t float away when you fill the basin with water. Like I said, this is an optional step but it seems to make a lot of sense and will keep any debris from getting into your pump and causing it to clog up.
  • Set your grate on top of the basin and dirt. Make sure it overlaps the edge of the basin so that any rocks or other items you place around the fountain won’t fall in.
  • Once your grill is in place, cover the grate with the hardware cloth. This is basically chicken wire, and adds an extra layer of support for any rocks. Since the hardware cloth has really small gaps between the wires, you won’t have to worry about smaller rocks falling through the grate.
  • An additional optional step you can take at this time is to cut a “trap” into the hardware cloth. I did this by measuring my pump and cutting 3 sides of a rectangle into the hardware cloth to create an opening I can put my hand into. I then folded the cloth back down, but if I ever need to access my pump I know that I can reach it through this hole without having to take the entire fountain apart. Make sure after you create this hole that you know where it is, and that when you are placing your stones you don’t make it too difficult to access in the future. This will save you a lot of trouble when you have to take your pump in for the winter, or have to replace the pump in the future.
  • Use the garden stakes to secure the hardware cloth to the ground so it won’t slide around.
  • Cover the edges of the hardware cloth and grill with dirt.
  • Place decorative rocks or other objects onto the hardware mesh/grill area that is above the basin. This is where you can get creative and even make a waterfall, pump station, or any other awesome idea you find on Pinterest. Experiment with all of the sprayers that come with the pump and see which one you like. You can also purchase packs of additional fountain nozzle heads if you’d like to. This type of fountain works the same as the regular pond fountains so go crazy!
  • Fill your basin with water
  • Turn on your pump & enjoy! Make sure you check the water level of your basin from time to time so that you don’t burn out the pump. Since the water is underground, you are less likely to have evaporation so you shouldn’t have to fill the basin up too often.
Closeup of the fountain in action.
I told you this was an easy DIY project. And there’s just so much room for customization and creativity. Just think, in an afternoon you can have a beautiful, soothing water feature to relax to all summer. Just dig a hole for your basin and put your pump in, cover it with a grill and hardware cloth, and decorate with rocks or other found objects. I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with…

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Suggested materials:

  • Medium Submersible Fountain Pump  (
  • Water basin  (
  • Grate to cover water basin  (
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Have a question about this project?

1 question
  • Gabrielle Falk
    on Jul 23, 2019

    What exactly is 'hardware cloth'? I'm from Sydney, Australia, and I have never heard of it. Probably have something similar in the hardware shop; but could u pls give me a brief description of what it is, and how does it function in your lovely garden fountain. Thank You

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