A $30 submersible pump and some creativity – make a fountain for this summer’s garden.
To get you going I have a collection of some homemade fountain photos and videos I’ve collected over the years. I have four of my own DIY fountains – seen in the first video below.
Pretty much anything that can stand up to water can become a fountain – metal, glass, ceramic, rubber, bamboo, concrete, stone and more. What do you have around your garage/attic/basement that could become a fountain – bowling balls, musical instruments, unused pots, ceramic art, wine bottles, teapots, watering cans, old tools.
Basically, all you need is bowl or pot, a cheap submersible pump, some tools, flexible tubing, and an afternoon to make most of what you see here. My four fountains started around this time of year planning, designing and then building in my basement and bringing them outside in the spring.
I’ve taken videos of a few of them because a photo of a fountain doesn’t convey the sound or movement of a fountain, and can’t appreciate them as much.
I have a couple extra submersible pumps sitting around. There’s a Japanese Sōzu water fountain that clacks a bamboo tube against a rock and makes noises to startle deer. I’d like to make one of those. I don’t have deer, but if it startles a squirrel I’m fine with that. I just have to figure out where it could fit in the yard! It’s a small space for five fountains!
In the video below are my current fountains. They all get stored indoors in late Fall and get re-set up in the spring. You can stop by and see them during Garden Walk Buffalo and Tours of Open Gardens in July.
Below is a great one found on Manchester Place, in the Patti garden on Garden Walk Buffalo.
I love the fountain below–though its planning belies its simplicity. This is The Evans Garden in Williamsville, NY on Gardens Buffalo Niagara’s Tour of Open Gardens in July.
The fountain below is in the Hough-Sako Garden on Richmond Avenue on Garden Walk Buffalo.