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We've been looking to add a water feature to our yard for well over a year now. We've kicked a few ideas around in that time. I liked ponds, for example. Robin pointed out that we have a dog who would spend all his time in said pond and we would never have a dry pet again. I felt this was a good point.
We settled on a standalone fountain type water feature. We decided to build it ourselves because:

a) we like building things ourselves and

b) most store-bought water features look exactly like store-bought water features and cost a lot more than the individual parts that go into them.  It's a poorly kept secret that we're a bit frugal.
We started planning, and here is the a blueprint for the final design that we came up with.
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The first step was to seal the pump into the bottom of our pot.
For the second step, we had to prepare our bucket to cover the pump. The bucket needs to be shorter than the depth of the large pot, but not much, otherwise the top pot will sit too low. We held the small pot in place and tried a few different heights till we found one that worked. 
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After positioning our pots on top of one another, we inserted a hose through the drain hole. (Don't forget to click on the link below for even more detail on this awesome DIY, so you can make your very own!)

Suggested materials:

  • 2 Pots
  • Fountain Pump
  • Plastic Bucket
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  • Jami
    on Nov 16, 2017

    What was the water pressure "gph" of the pump you used? I'm looking at prices and they're anywhere from $7.-$1,500. Quite the price range!
  • Jami
    on Nov 16, 2017

    What was the water pressure "gph" of the pump you used? I was looking for one online and they're anywhere from $7.-$1,500. Quite the price range!
  • Penelope
    on Oct 18, 2018

    Want to do one but it has to reuse water ? How would I do it ? It has to be smaller to set on outside table ?

    • Leslie
      on May 11, 2020

      Penelope, you can use a solar pump too. Easy to work with, no electrical cords needed.

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  • Karena Stetson
    on Aug 1, 2019

    Nice water fountain but I’d use a solar powered pump instead.

    • Gabrielle Falk
      on May 25, 2020

      Hi. You can also get solar pumps, that have back-up batteries. If you have too much shade from your trees (don't forget leaf litter in the pond), if feasible, you might look at getting installed, an outside electrical power supply. I have one for my big pond in the front garden. Always get a licensed electrician to do the job. The outside power point (double adaptor) is also used for electric powered garden equipment. So much easier than dragging a long electrical cable around.

  • Tish Ann
    on Aug 1, 2019

    i love’s mine 😊

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