DIY Garden Fountain

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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.

I have this set to be a gentle little gurgle, but you could easily have it more 'fountain-y' if you wanted it!

My materials. Including a solar fountain kit, a bucket and some vinyl tubing (not pictured).

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.

My poor globe needed a little surgery so that I could release it from the cured concrete.

PVC pipes made a channel for the vinyl tubing to sneak through.

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. ;)

To support the fountain, I grabbed whatever I had on hand and these fit the bill.

Ignore the concrete caulk.... I got a little eager with this mold and it cracked on me.

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!

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  • Liz 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.

  • Jo Ann Specker Jo Ann Specker on Apr 11, 2019

    where is solar panel positioned?

  • Joann Joann on Oct 17, 2020

    How long did you have to wait before you put water in

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  • Sharlene Laurie Waugh Sharlene Laurie Waugh on Mar 25, 2020

    A modern yet classic-looking green piece ... simply beautiful ... thank you for sharing!

  • Melissa Melissa on May 11, 2020

    Don't worry--the creeping jenny will take over in no time! I was excited to see those cardboard concrete forms. I didn't know there was such a thing, but now that I know, I am going to try a few hypertufa containers.