Don’t you just love the look of an awesome water feature? I always knew that I wanted something to fill the space in my garden. It was finally time to turn that thought into action. I wanted to create my DIY Water Feature to look like a pot with water falling into it. My vision for this project changed a couple of times while I was completing it. That’s usually how it goes with the projects I do. I always end up loving the final result! This time was no different. It looks sooo good!
Almost all of the supplies you need for your DIY Water Feature can get at your local hardware store.
- Concrete Form- I used this plastic utility panel
- Pea Gravel
- Stone Tile
- 5-gallon bucket
- PVC Pipes
- Solar Powered Water Pump
- Bathroom Faucet
- Decorative Rocks
Ok, some thing that is important to note about creating your DIY Water Feature, is that we will do a lot of jumping around on it. The order things should be done is kinda all over. Also, this is not the order I did it when I made my water feature. I learned so much while doing it, so I am going to give you the directions in the order I would do it if I did it again. Sound good? If you watch the videos and get confused, just stay with me. Ok?
Step 1: The DIY Water Feature Pot
Now, the pot. I could not find a premade pot that was what I was envisioning, so I made one myself. I had no idea if it would work, but I was really hopeful! Thankfully it worked! I got a plastic utility panel and formed it into a cylinder. I glued it together then taped it so it would stay while the glue dried.
Take a few pieces of rebar, about the height you want the pot to be. Hammer each piece about 1 foot into the ground, in a circle, inside the plastic cylinder. I added pea gravel to the bottom of the plastic cylinder form to help hold the concrete in place.
Now, it was time to start mixing up the concrete. Initially, I used a bucket and drill with this attachment (which I use all the time) to mix the concrete, but that was taking too long, so I switched to a rubbermaid tub and shovel. I filled the bottom half of my custom pot with concrete, making sure it was spread evenly.
Step 2: Beginning the DIY Water Feature Tower
As you will see in the video, I started with the tower just one cinder block wide. I later decided to do it 2 wide, because it was more proportional. I suggest you just lay them 2 wide from the beginning. Laying them brick style, will make the tower little more sturdy.
Start by hammering 2 pieces of rebar about a foot into the ground. Lay the cinder blocks 3 high positioning the rebar through the centers of the cinderblocks. I stopped the cinder blocks about one brick higher than where the concrete in the pot ended.
To accommodate the water pump, I placed a bucket in the concrete where I wanted it to go. I drilled a hole through the side of the bucket, the plastic sheeting, and the top cinder block. You will need a special masonry drill bit to drill thorough the cinder block. Then, I fed a PVC pipe through the hole and secured it with silicone. This PVC pipe will house the tubing for the water pump.
Step 3: Completing the Pot and Tower
With everything in its place, I filled the rest of the cylinder with concrete. Once it was dry, I removed the plastic sheeting – I was amazed at how well it held! I attached a PVC elbow where the pipe passed through the cinder block and ran more PVC pipe up the back of the pot.
Lay the remaining cinder blocks so the tower is the height you want it to be.
Step 4: Pumping Life into My DIY Water Feature
Time for the exciting part – installing the water pump! I enlisted some help from my mom. We made sure everything was correctly set up, and when we turned on the pump, we watched our water feature come to life!
Step 5: Adding Those Custom Touches
For the cinder block panel, I enhanced its aesthetics by tiling it with pretty stone tiles (similar one linked).
Step 6: Wrap up your DIY Water Feature!
Now for the finishing touches. I used a bathroom faucet for the water outlet (this is the one I used. I used the shower head for my shower, and saved the faucet for this project) – painted it black (see this blog post on how you can paint a bathroom faucet to last) and installed it according to the instructions. The last few things were to finish up the tiling, fill the pot with water, place decorative rocks on top, and turn on the garden water feature I’ve always dreamed of. It’s the perfect addition to my garden, I now enjoy the soothing sounds of flowing water and take pride in the fruits of my labor!
Follow along for more DIY’s and fun at…