How to Make a Garden Fountain

A fountain Is composed of three things: water, which flows up a pipe and trickles back down in a continuous cycle; a pump, which propels the water; and a piece of sculpture, over which the water flows. The sculpture can be built from any material that will withstand constant water. For the project shown here, we used large stones found on-site, but pavers, some metals, or pottery.

Shopping List:
a Pump : Look for one labeled “submersible.”
½-Inch Copper Pipe: to carry the water from the pump to the top of the fountain.
Waterproof Basin: such as a plastic storage bin.
Stones: or other material to make the fountain body. Choose something that stacks easil.
Small Rocks: such as terra-cotta shards or tumbled glass, to cover the top of the pit.
Screen: to protect the pump from debris.
Composite Decking: such as Trex or TimberTech, to support the fountain.
Drainage Gravel: for in and under the catch basin.
1-inch PVC Conduit: to carry the pump’s power cord underground to the outlet.
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