At Charlotte's House
At Charlotte's House
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  • Southport, CT

DIY Garden Fountain


So I'll admit to being moderately obsessed with concrete and all of the things that can be considered concrete molds. When this little idea came to mind... a $15 solar fountain kit... some problem solving about the concrete molds (hint: Goodwill was involved) and a quick trip to Home Depot, and for once I can say this fountain is just as I'd imagined it! A lovely trickling little moment in the corner of our patio flower bed.
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diy garden fountain, crafts, flowers, gardening, ponds water features

I have this set to be a gentle little gurgle, but you could easily have it more 'fountain-y' if you wanted it!
diy garden fountain, crafts, flowers, gardening, ponds water features

My materials. Including a solar fountain kit, a bucket and some vinyl tubing (not pictured).
diy garden fountain, crafts, flowers, gardening, ponds water features

This was my rough design... at first I was thinking the catch basin would hold enough water to circulate through the orb for the fountain... but I ended up burying a catch basin (bucket) underneath the concrete shapes.
diy garden fountain, crafts, flowers, gardening, ponds water features

My poor globe needed a little surgery so that I could release it from the cured concrete.
diy garden fountain, crafts, flowers, gardening, ponds water features

PVC pipes made a channel for the vinyl tubing to sneak through.
diy garden fountain, crafts, flowers, gardening, ponds water features

These cardboard concrete molds are sold in 4-5' sections in the concrete section of Home Depot for maybe $6 a piece. I have most of it left over... for my fountain showroom. ;)
diy garden fountain, crafts, flowers, gardening, ponds water features

To support the fountain, I grabbed whatever I had on hand and these fit the bill.
diy garden fountain, crafts, flowers, gardening, ponds water features

Ignore the concrete caulk.... I got a little eager with this mold and it cracked on me.
diy garden fountain, crafts, flowers, gardening, ponds water features

I'm hoping that this moss and creeping jenny will work its way over and around this rock 'garden' to make this corner of the patio even more interesting!






diy garden fountain, crafts, flowers, gardening, ponds water features

diy garden fountain, crafts, flowers, gardening, ponds water features
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  • Jaci
    on May 1, 2018

    Can you post the link to the solar powered pump you used, please?

    • Susan
      7 days ago

      I just ordered a solar powered pump that works beautifully with different attachments from Amazon for 13.99.

  • Liz
    on Jun 24, 2018

    Did you have to cover it with something so the water did not eat away at the cement? Or is it waterproof when it comes out of the mold.

    • Anna Bailey
      6 days ago

      FYI. ..But driveways don't constantly have water on them...there is a 'concrete sealer' that should be used,(can find at Ace hardware or probably any hardware store) water will find a crack or an little spot & if it gets real cold ...it will crack the cement! & since my family does cement statuary & fountains, guess I kinda know what Im talking about. ..seal it to make it last...

  • Jo Ann Specker
    7 days ago

    where is solar panel positioned?

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