Stacked Planter Fountain

8 Materials
$100
3 Days
Medium

The inspiration for this project came from one of my favorite people, my Mom. She has her back porch set up perfected, a covered gazebo, beautiful green grass, an oasis of a garden with an included water feature surrounded by lush floral and evergreens. Shes even painted her concrete slab to look like over sized terracotta tiles... Creativity runs in my blood, I'm convinced.


I have really been trying to create a back yard space that we want to be in. We have almost an acre fenced out back and so far the only thing we have done with it is occupy it with my pet chickens. They have a 10x14 foot coop off the the side of my backyard and are now contained to one corner of the space with a fenced off run, don't worry, they have more than enough room, and I will likely be doing a tutorial on their upgraded fence soon! If any of you own chickens, you know containment is the only hope you have for any kind of garden bed. So now that these landscape destroyers are contained I can finally create the beautiful backyard I've been dreaming of since I bought my home in 2015!


I started researching fountains, and OH MY are they pricey! I wanted something on the larger scale to really be the focal point of my patio transformation, but most in my price range were tiny, like the kind you may sit in the middle of a patio side table.... I thought I may have to put my fountain on the back burner and save for the one I really wanted. I was searching pinterest for other ideas, decorative planters and so forth when inspiration struck! A stacked flower pot fountain! There were a couple posts on pinterest about assembling one on your own but nothing that really fit the bill. I wanted it as simple, yet, substaintal as possible! Here is what I collected for this project:

Supplies:

-2 larger resin (or really whatever type pot you have, or purchase, you want 2 different sizes ideally, mine were 20" and 16" and came from walmart on clearance and for the 2 of them cost me around $25!)

-5 gallon bucket, or large pot to hold up the top pot

-Fountain pump- mine came from home depot, but they also have them at lowes and on amazon.

Hole drill bit and drill if your pot doesnt have a large drainage hole your cord can fit through

-Any type of water proof sealer- I just JB Weld made for boats, also from Home Depot

-an extension cord, if needed to reach your outlet, make sure its rated for outdoor use

-any large rocks you have laying around, or you can purchase these as well

-plants of choice- I chose Creeping Jenny for a nice contrast with my teal pots


Start by preparing your space for the garden, this was probably the most challenging part of this whole project for me, these weeds made themselves at home and it really was a battle to kill them! Once all your weeds are killed, level the spot where your fountain will sit. I set mine on top of a stepping stone I had laying around because this spot in our yard was very rocky and I couln't get the pot to sit level without it.

Weed free and ready to go! I actually left the stepping stone exactly where it was and put black weed barrier right over the top so I didn't risk it not being level once i moved it! AND leaving it under meant I wouldn't have to worry about it peaking through the mulch once everything was all said and done! Once your loaction is ready its time to start working on the fountain itself! YAY!

Start by dry fitting your fountain, I placed my 5 gallon bucket upside down inside my large pot, then set the smaller pot on top of the bucket, I tested my pump at this point to make sure it worked, you will want to do this before you assemble, once you caulk the cord to the pot, you wont be able to return the pump if for whatever reason it isnt working. Drill a hole in each pot, I placed my hole in the bottom toward one edge so it would be hidden completely once its in place, and also, if I want to dissemble and just use the planters at a later time they don't have huge holes in the side of them... But this step is really whatever is easier for you. Now its time to attach the pump and seal the hole! To seal the hole I used JB Weld WaterWeld, honestly becuase its what the guy at Home Depot reccommended, but this stuff is great!

Feed your cord through the hole, give yourself some slack on the cord so you can center your pump once its all assembled, mix your putty as directed and seal the hole and cord together, I really globbed it on there, haha. I've never used this product before and it was so easy! And dries in 1 hour! That's perfect for this impatient DIYer, like myself.

10 out of 10 reccommend! This stuff is so easy to use!!

Once the product has dried, position the pump, I ended up centering it and then surrounded it with rocks from my yard to keep it in its place, I did have to go back in once I filled the fountain and tweek the position a bit once the fountain was on, it was leaning to one side, but it wasn't hard, and honestly, as hot as it is here in Georgia in Mid-August, it was pretty refreshing to play in the water! Haha

Almost there guys! Fountain is in place! Cord is coming out the bottom of the top pot and runs down the bucket to the hole in the bottom pot! I purchased a drop cord for outdoor use since the pump cord was not long enough, make sure you buy a cord rated for outdoor if you need an extension cord! Next step is just planting the plants! I used a good amount of rock in the bottom pot before filling it the remainder of the way with potting soil, this will act as drainage for the plants as well as weight to keep your fountain stable! Don't skimp on this part! We don't want that beauty to blow or get knocked over! Now, get to planting! You can use whatever plants you like!

My little buddy approves! I have Creeping Jenny planted in the pot, and just love this color pop, and little did I know this plant also gets small yellow flowers! What a happy surprise!

I'm so pleased with how this all came together! In this photo you have 2 dipladenia on the right and left of the fountain, and a balloon plant out front. I also used a few different varieties of annuals for color!

How relaxing! This makes the best sounds! Let me know if you guys build your own! Follow me over on instagram @redstusticworkshop for sneak peaks on upcoming tutorials!


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3 of 19 questions
  • Grandmasue10
    Grandmasue10
    on Feb 9, 2021

    At first I thought the water spilled over into the bottom pot. I thought the plants would die from overwatering, but in one of the pictures, it looks like it just recirculates in the top pot.....or does it?

    • Red's Rustic Rehab
      Red's Rustic Rehab
      on Feb 20, 2021

      It just recirculates from the top pot, there’s only the upside down bucket, rocks, dirt and plants in the bottom pot :)

  • Carlena Sue Biggs
    Carlena Sue Biggs
    on Mar 10, 2021

    How often do you have to add water? OR should I just check it every week? It looks like there is a pipe that the water spurts from....so did you add a pipe from the pump?

    • Carlena Sue Biggs
      Carlena Sue Biggs
      on Mar 10, 2021

      I just read all the other comments. Thank you for answering all my question before I asked...lol


  • Garden Gurl63
    Garden Gurl63
    on Mar 15, 2021

    How much water should be above the pump - do you need anything special other than what comes in the kit for the pump?

    • Red's Rustic Rehab
      Red's Rustic Rehab
      on Mar 30, 2021

      All I needed in addition to what it came with was an outdoor extension cord, always make sure the pump is entirely covered with water, I used 3-4 gallons to cover mine but that will vary based on the container it is in !:) sorry for the delayed answer!

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  • Susan Beery
    Susan Beery
    on Mar 11, 2021

    You can always incorporate a thin rope or shoe string and add a few drops of peppermint essential oils (add more when the scent disappears), and tie into a bow on a pot. Why? Flies, gnats, ants, mosquitoes do not like peppermint oil. Problem solved!! I do this at every entry door to our home. Critters & insects stay outside. It’s rare to find a fly, gnat, ant or stink bug inside our country home.

  • Susan Beery
    Susan Beery
    on Mar 11, 2021

    Then again..we plant in raised beds, flower pots, etc and have no shrubbery planted near our home. The bushes attract bugs & insects. Think about that when landscaping. Take it away from your home, decks, walks, patios. Helps to make porch sitting enjoyable

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