Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Making a simple water feature

This water feature was actually bought 'as is' and was a Christmas present I received quite a few years ago now.

A calming corner created on our outdoor patio
After spending some time in storage I dragged it out and found that the pump had died and it needed a little maintenance and tlc, but while fixing it  I noticed that it would be really easy to make your own and cost a fraction of the price.  Most things you might already have around your home.

Ceramic pot as the base of the water feature

You need to start with a pot of some kind.  This is a rather large ceramic pot but it could just as easily be a small pot of either ceramic, terracotta or even painted plastic.  You may even already have one that is not taken up by a potted plant and is just waiting for this moment.  All it needs to have is a hole in the bottom for the electrical cord to come out of and lead to the power source.

Top view of the inside of the pot
On the inside of my pot there are little corner 'shelves' where the water reservoir sits but if your pot doesn't have one of those you could put some old bricks or blocks of wood (whatever you can find laying around) into the bottom.  You just need to raise the container holding the water to about 5cm (2 inches) from the top.  What is harder to see is all the extra cord bundled in the bottom so there is not extra mess on the outside where you can see it.  The cord leads out of the hole in the bottom to the electricity outlet on the wall.  The cord coming from the top leads to the pump.

Items required

These are the items, that I needed for my water feature.  The black water pump & a water spout, some polystyrene that you could recycle from packing materials, the red bucket which is the water reservoir and the pot.  You can pick up the pumps and water spouts from your local nursery or like me try and find a second hand one.  This is the one I picked up for $8 from our local Recycle Centre.  The bigger your water feature the more powerful your pump needs to be.  The pump I have can push out 11 litres per minute if the length of the water spout is 0.5 metres which is about how long mine is.

Putting it all together
With the cord in the bottom of the pot through the hole and ready to be connected to the power outlet, you then fill the bucket 3/4 full with water and place the pump into the water.  They usually have little suction caps on the base like little feet to grip onto the bottom of the water reservoir so the pump doesn't float.  Connect the water spout.

Almost ready to go
Cut your polystyrene foam to fit snug around the edges of your ceramic pot and also cut a hole in the middle for the water spout to poke through.  The polystyrene tray hides all the ugliness below and you can cover it in whatever you like.  I have used polished river rocks that are easily bought in the cheap shops but you could make use of shells you have collected on holiday, go for a bush walk and pick up some stones and gnarled pieces of wood, or visit a local creek and get a few rocks from there.  Maybe you already have some on a path or garden bed that you could take then from.  You don't need many.

Finished and working
This fountain doesn't sprout water high into the air, it is just enough to make that lovely splashing sound as it falls onto the rocks below.  It is nice to sit out on the patio and listen to the bubbling of the water.  Somehow it makes you feel cooler and instantly relaxed.

I would love to hear of your creations as you make your own water features.

1 comment:

  1. love this water pot...and love the sound of splashing water...or trickling ...or just dribbling...just a really good sound and it is very relaxing


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