Make A Bubbler Fountain In 5 Steps

What You'll Need
Container such as plastic bin or wide bucket
Submersible pond pump
Rigid pond tubing
Decorative rocks
Small saw (for the tubing)

A bubbler fountain is an attractive and fun addition to any yard or garden. Bubbler fountains provide soothing sounds and lend a tranquil nature to an area and the best part is that they are easy to construct. Here is a simple design that you can follow to make your own bubbler fountain in a five easy steps.


Step 1. Choosing the Location for Your Fountain

There are several factors to consider when choosing a location for your bubbler fountain. Sunlight is an important consideration for the placement of your fountain. Spots in direct sunlight will cause your fountain to quickly loose water through evaporation. Areas located directly under trees with leaves that may drop into your fountain and cause clogging should also be avoided. If the ground is too rocky or root filled you may have trouble digging out a level space. Another important considerations for fountain placement is power. Make sure that you choose a spot that is close enough to an electrical outlet that you will not need to run an overly long extension cord. Most importantly, you should choose a spot that is attractive. Make sure that your fountain is not obstructed by shrubbery or in a spot that looks out of place.

Step 2. Choosing Your Water Container

The basic design of the bubbling fountain involves placing a watertight container into a hole up to its rim and then putting decorative rocks above the container for the water to flow down. To do this, you must pick a suitable container such as a small barrel or plastic bin. Make sure that it is not too deep, about a foot or two should be perfect. Also, make sure that the container is wide enough for your design.

Step 3. Digging a Hole for Your Fountain

This step is fairly self explanatory. Dig a hole that is deep and uniform enough that your container can rest in it with its rim flush with the hole’s rim.

Step 4. Creating the Pump Apparatus

Now that you have your container in place it is time to add the pump. You will be using a submergible pond pump. It is best to choose a pump with the water output on the top. This will make adding the tubing easier. Take a length of rigid plastic tubing that is long enough to reach from the pump to where you want the water to pour from and attach it to the pump’s water output using sealant or calking if necessary. If you cannot find a pump with the output on the top you can use a piece of flexible tube to turn the rigid tube upward.

Step 5. Adding the Rocks

This is the fun part! The idea here is to create a mound of rocks that are placed such that water will flow down them in an attractive way. To start you will need to create your base structure. This will consist of larger rocks arranged to fill the container to its rim. When arranging the base structure it is important to protect the pump and to ensure that its water intake area is kept clear. Once the base structure is arranged, fill the container with water and turn on the pump. At this point water should begin to pour from the top of the rigid tube which is sticking straight up from the center of the base structure. With the water running, you can build up the rest of the rock structure, placing rocks wherever you wish to flow the water. Build the pile up to a peak and try to arrange the rocks so that they hide the top of the tubing.

There you have it! For very little money and just a bit of work you have created a wonderful, animated decoration for your garden. The basic design that you have created can be manipulated to include other elements such as sculptures, bowels or shells. The simple structure that you have to work with will allow you to express your own unique style.

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