Up Cycled Fountain

Linda kelley
by Linda kelley
Last night a friend and I were walking the doggies when I came across this broken fountain on the curb.
Knowing I could use it some way, I took it home. It's resin so it wasn't heavy at all. In the morning I checked it out more thoroughly. The pump didn't work, the wires were cut, and top piece of fountain was broken. This is what it looked like:
I have wanted to try a fairy garden....but then I also seen where people have put plants in these.

I live in the desert and I have lots of succulents in and out of the house. I purchase the succulents when they are very small in the tiny containers. Like 2" pots. The price for succulents this size isn't so high, and I know they will grow. Last week I purchased this soil knowing I was going to transplant some of my plants.
After I cleaned up the fountain, I put some small rocks into the bottom of the fountain for drainage.
I mixed up the soil with some water in my wheelbarrow. I then added the succulents. Then I added some color and sparkle with the gems.
I think it came out nice...As they grow too big for the fountain...I will move to a bigger space. I didn't cut the pipe in the center that was on the fountain originally. It's kind of off centered in the bowl....I was thinking of putting my butterfly dish on top, but it broke while I was trying to affix it on the pipe...ugh!
I love where I put it. There is a Iceberg rose in back of the fountain. It just had dozens of fragrant blooms...yummy!

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  • Sharon Boyd Sharon Boyd on Apr 21, 2016
    Beautiful! did you have to drill holes for drainage?

  • Susan Dooley Susan Dooley on Apr 21, 2016
    Very cute!! Would one of those inexpensive solar lights fit in the pipe?? It's an idea anyway!!

  • Grama Debbie Grama Debbie on Apr 28, 2016
    Do succulents survive outside zero to 30 degrees winters? Should I bring the planter in? What lighting is best for succulents? I'm totally new to this, but love the multiple plants with very few Fairy Garden pieces added using a small piece of driftwood. Grama Debbie

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  • Lisa Lisa on Apr 27, 2016
    Lol...small world!

  • Cor32419347 Cor32419347 on Sep 20, 2018

    Yes! I have an old fountain behind my shed. I am going to get my husband to put it by our front gate and try your project. I live in Texas and our winter days are few and far between! I love your idea!! Especially the sparkly filler. I may do it up with Halloween items 🎃 first.