Now that it’s spring, everyone’s going to be paying attention to your yard or garden when they come over for barbecues. If you’re looking to add a little something special to make your garden unique, why not try this DIY Terra Cotta Fountain?

You’ll get the soothing sounds of running water in your backyard at a fraction of the price that you would pay for a pre-assembled fountain. We’ve got all the info you need to make it happen right here!

What You’ll Need:

  • 14” terra cotta saucer
  • 7” terra cotta saucer
  • 6” terra cotta saucer
  • 3 4” terra cotta saucers
  • 6” flowerpot
  • 4” flowerpot
  • Fountain pump
  • Plastic tubing
  • Silicone sealer
  • Clear spray sealer
  • Round file
  • Drill with ⅜” masonry bit


What You’ll Do:

First, spray the inside of the 14” saucer with clear spray. Let it dry, and then add an additional coat or 2 to make it waterproof. Then, place the smaller flowerpot inside the larger one, and soak these in a bucket of water. Do the same thing with the non-sprayed saucers. Allow everything to soak for at least 1 hour.

Place the 7” saucer over a small piece of wood for support and drill a hole through the center using the ⅜” masonry bit. Use the file to enlarge the hole if necessary. You want to make sure your tubing will be able to fit through it.

Next, file 4 notches in the lid of the 6” flowerpot. The notches should be straight across from each other, and on 4 sides. Make sure one of the notches is big enough for the power cord of the fountain pump to fit through.

File 4 notches in one of the 4” saucers. Then, take the 7” saucer and file a notch in the lip. File slightly downward on this one so that it works effectively as a spout for the fountain. Next, attach the plastic tubing to the pump’s outlet. If it’s difficult to slide it on, warm the tubing up in some hot water to soften it up.

Take your 6” pot and slide it, upside down, so that the tubing comes through its center. Feed the tubing through the 7” saucer, and lay this on top. Adjust the tube so the pump sits flat on the bottom. Trim the end of the tube to leave about a ½” of length extending from the top. Seal the end of the tube with the silicone sealer, and let it dry.

Next, take the 4” saucer with 4 notches and place it over the tubing. Turn the 4” flowerpot upside down and place it next to the first column. Then, place the 6” saucer on top of it. Turn another 4” saucer upside down and place it next to your second column. Then, place the last 4” saucer on top of this.

Fill the base of your fountain with water until it almost reaches the rim. Plug the pump into a ground fault-protected outlet and adjust the flowerpots, and flow of the pump, as needed. Finally, add some finishing touches to your fountain! Use decorative rocks and plants to make it even more beautiful. There you have it! A lovely, soothing fountain that will look great out in your garden or anywhere you place it.

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