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
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I have this set to be a gentle little gurgle, but you could easily have it more 'fountain-y' if you wanted it!
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My materials. Including a solar fountain kit, a bucket and some vinyl tubing (not pictured).
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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.
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My poor globe needed a little surgery so that I could release it from the cured concrete.
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PVC pipes made a channel for the vinyl tubing to sneak through.
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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. ;)
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To support the fountain, I grabbed whatever I had on hand and these fit the bill.
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Ignore the concrete caulk.... I got a little eager with this mold and it cracked on me.
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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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  • Rosanne
    on May 1, 2018

    This project stated that you used a solar pump, but the pump listed is not solar powered, according to the Amazon description. If you do know where you can get a $15 solar pump, please let me know

  • Jaci
    on May 1, 2018

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

  • 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.

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  • Debg
    on May 1, 2018

    You are a treasure. Love concrete so thank you for the stimulation to go create

  • Carolyn
    on May 1, 2018

    Awesome job At Charlotte’s house !! Love ❤️ your fountain

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