Building a Patio Fountain Building a Patio Fountain

What You'll Need
3 Flower pots of increasing sizes (2 with a hole at their base)
2 Plastic flower pot stands
2 Plastic tubes
Pump hose
Water fountain pump
Waterproof sealant
Paint of your choice
Handsaw

Building a patio fountain can be an easy and inexpensive way of adding a touch of class and a bit of fun to the area. Moreover, since fountains tend to draw attention, it will add a focal point to your patio allowing you to concentrate all other decorative elements around it.

Step 1 - Preparation

As basins for your fountain you will be using the flower pots. So the first thing to do is to clean them thoroughly and allow them to dry. If your largest pot has holes at its base it is very important to seal them. So it is important to get your waterproof sealant and fill in the hole. Once the holes are filled in you can apply 2 coats of paint over the three pots. This way your pots will have better water proofing and water will be better prevented from seeping out of your fountain basins. Keep in mind that the paint will take a few hours to completely dry, so once you are ready from the paint you can set them aside.

Step 2 – Installing the Pump

Once the pots have dried you can move on to installing the pump in the largest pot in such a manner that its opening is not blocked in any way. Now get a plastic tube, attach it to the top opening of the water pump in a vertical direction. You should cut the pipe’s length, with the help of a handsaw, to be only a little bit shorter than the total height of your flowerpots. Now you can insert the electrical cord that was provided with the water fountain pump up to the top of the tube and exiting at the back side of the base pot.

Step 3 – Placing the Second and Third Pots

At this point you can start adding the other 2 pots. Get a plastic stand and place it in the largest pot, making sure that the stands fit in exactly. You might also need to cut down the stand with a handsaw in such a way that when installed the second pot will be at least 1 inch below the top rim of the larger pot. Once the stand is in place you can put the medium-sized pot in place making sure to insert the plastic tube in the base hole. Now get your waterproof sealant and seal off any remaining area in the pot. As soon as this is done you can install the third and smallest pot by repeating Step 3. Once the third pot is installed, you can cut off any remainder pipe with the help of a handsaw.

Step 4 – Finishing Up

Allow enough time for the sealing material to dry well before considering testing the fountain. In order to test your fountain, start by filling in the largest pot with water and switch on the pump. Water should be pushed upwards through the puts and once the pots are filled to their brim, water should start cascading off onto the larger pots.

Using plastic flower pots is a fun and inexpensive way to create a personalized fountain. Remember that you can use your imagination to decorate the pots, and you can also add small pebbles in each pot to have lower water consumption.

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