How to Build a Homemade Water Fountain With Terracotta Plant Pots

Dreaming of a picturesque garden oasis but don't want to spend a fortune? You're in luck!

With this step-by-step tutorial, you can create a stunning homemade water fountain using terracotta pots and a little creativity.

Follow along as I guide you through the process of building your very own budget-friendly fountain.

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1. Prepare the Saucers

Begin by applying clear spray sealant to both sides of the 14-inch saucer.

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Apply two coats and allow them to dry thoroughly.

Drilling holes in saucers and pots

2. Drill Holes

Next, use a drill to make a hole in the bottom of the 7-inch saucer and the 6-inch pot.

Creating holes for water flow in the terracotta pots and saucers

Have some water handy, to clean off the debris as your drill.

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The hole should be large enough for the pipe of the pump to fit through.

Creating notches in the terracotta pot lip

Then, use a round file to create four notches in the lip of the 6-inch pot.

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Ensure that one of the notches is large enough for the fountain cord to pass through.

Filing notches in the terracotta saucer rim

Similarly, notch one of the 5-inch saucers four times and notch the lip of the 7-inch saucer once.

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3. Assemble the Fountain

Start by placing the fountain pump on the 14-inch saucer. We will cover it with the 6-inch pot with the hole drilled in it, and finally, add the 7-inch notched saucer.

Assembling the fountain pump and tubing for a homemade water feature

Thread the pipe through the inverted terracotta planter and lower it over the pump.

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Slide the pipe through the upright 7-inch saucer and position it over the 6-inch pot.

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Trim any extra piping as needed.

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Lastly, seal all connections with silicone for a watertight finish.

Allow it to dry overnight.

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4. Stack the Saucers

Once the silicone is dry and the pipe is secure, fill the 7-inch saucer with pebbles.

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Place a 5-inch saucer upside down on top of the pebbles.

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Then, position the upside-down 4-inch pot next to the 6-inch pot.

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Notch another 5-inch saucer and stack it on top of the 4-inch pot.

Create a tiered design with the pots and planters

Repeat this process with two more 5-inch saucers.

Stacking terracotta saucers and pots to create the fountain tiers

Place one saucer upside down and stack a second one on top right side up.

Placing a plant in the water feature

5. Decorate and Add Water

Now, it’s time to decorate — this is up to your imagination.

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I placed a potted plant on the 5-inch saucers.

Adding Water and Decor

Then, I carried on decorating the homemade water fountain with pebbles, decorative stones, and moss.

Filling the fountain with water

Finish off by filling the 14-inch saucer with water, plug in the fountain pump, and turn it on.

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How to Build a Fountain From Terracotta Planters and Saucers

Now that you've completed your homemade water fountain, sit back, relax, and enjoy the soothing sounds of flowing water in your outdoor oasis.

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Have fun experimenting with different plant arrangements and decorative elements to personalize your homemade fountain.

If you have any questions or want to share your fountain-building experience, feel free to comment below!

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  • Sherry Miller Sherry Miller on May 19, 2024
    This is so pretty. What is the plant you have in it. Evidently it can handle having its roots wet all the time. Would this work with a violet?
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    • Sheri silver Sheri silver on May 19, 2024
      Hi! It's a bird's nest fern. The nice thing about this DIY is that you can rearrange the pots and saucers however you like. So if you're concerned about wet roots put the plant in a saucer and then place on the fountain!
  • Sherry Miller Sherry Miller on May 19, 2024
    Thank you