7 DIY Fountain Ideas To Bring Something Special To Your Patio

Last updated on October 17, 2019 | Written by | DIY Home

There are few things you can add to your backyard or front yard garden that make it as welcoming as a fountain. It might seem like an intimidating task to take on and build yourself, but you can totally change your lawn’s or your patio;s aesthetic with one of these DIY fountain ideas. If you already have a pond or smaller body of water on your property, it might be easier to add a fountain into the mix. But even if you don’t, there are plenty of ways to add a unique DIY fence to your property.

You could always opt for a store-bought kit to guide you along the way, but truth be told, there are other ways to achieve what you want in a garden fountain. Maybe you want something that incorporates flower pots to blend in with your other outdoor floral arrangements. Or, you might prefer a fountain in your yard that looks like it was a lot more complicated to create than it actually was. Whatever your reason or skill level, these DIY fountain ideas could very well be what you need.

1. Galvanized Bucket Fountain

The key ingredients for this DIY fountain are a watering can and galvanized bucket. Not only are these two water containers inexpensive to find in most places, but they don’t need to be painted or adorned with any decoration to look like they totally belong in your garden or yard. You might need to have a fence to make arranging the setup a little easier, but it’s an inexpensive way to create what looks like a lot more costly fountain.

2. Rock Fountain

This one definitely isn’t for the beginner in you, but if you already have some landscaping experience or you know someone who does who can help you, then you have very little to worry about. And instead of being a fountain that trickles water from one basin to another, this one has the appearance of shooting out of the ground. That means you can essentially dig a hole to place it almost anywhere that has a decent patch of grass and could use some sprucing up.

3. Flower Pot Fountain

The most important thing you will need for this tired fountain is a solar powered bird bath fountain pump. But once you have that, all that’s left to get are a couple of differently sized flower pots, river rocks, and a plastic pail and saucer. Only the top tier of the fountain actually has water in it, but the rocks surrounding the bottom of the pot and circling the top of the larger pot add something extra to the overall design.

4. Water Wall

This water wall is admittedly different than your typical garden water fountain or even in-ground fountain that you might see on someone’s property. But it can make your backyard or patio feel like an oasis. The plans for this one do make it a total DIY project and you can tackle it yourself, but you will need experience and you will need to exercise extreme caution every step of the way. If you can do that, then this water wall might be exactly what your garden or patio needs.

5. Wine Bottle Fountain

Who doesn’t have several empty wine bottles sitting around? OK, a lot of people probably don’t, but if you are an avid wine drinker and are willing to save your empties, you can re-purpose them for this wine bottle fountain. These days, it seems like you can do almost anything with empty wine bottles and call it art. And most of the time, it works out. This way, you can essentially recycle your bottles while making art and creating a fountain that is small enough for your front or back patio or backyard.

6. Small Pond And Fountain

If you would rather have a fountain and pond combination, it really isn’t as intimidating as you might think. Sure, you might need to have more experience in these things to really get the job done properly, but this combination can totally transform your backyard. And, truth be told, it’s a loss less costly than you might think to get it all done yourself.

7. Artesian Fountain

The beauty of this artesian fountain is that you can build it almost anywhere on your property and make it bigger or smaller so suit your needs. The downside is that it is a more complex project and will require some experience and previous know how. 

One of the best parts about adding a fountain to your backyard or patio is the relaxing sound of water gently falling over rocks or something similar. Fountains are also just a nice looking decoration you can add to bring something special to your property, even if you don’t have that much outdoor space to work with. The beauty of these DIY fountains are that there are options for almost any skill level or interest.