How Do You Build A Garden Fountain?

Garden fountains can add a nice tranquil feature to any garden. They have been popular for centuries in several different cultures. AT one time the only way to have a garden fountain was to invest in some serious cash to buy one but these days it is a lot easier and much cheaper. You can create your own garden fountain with the right materials. You can practically make it out of anything as long as you have a pump and electricity. A garden fountain can be very traditional such as with a pedestal and a statue or ornament in the center. There are garden fountains that come out of walls. You can even put one in the middle of a garden pond with the fish.

So let’s say you have your garden and you want to put in a fountain. How do you build a garden fountain? Where do you get the supplies? Even if you do not consider yourself a “Bob the Builder” type, don’t worry because it is relatively easy.

Types Of Garden Fountains

There are many shapes, styles and types of garden fountains. Many of them you can buy or you can even customize it to fit your garden. The first thing before buying any supplies is to figure out what kind of fountain you want to build. If you have never done this before, start out small and simple. The more intricate the garden fountain, the harder it will be to put together. The most common type of fountain is a central one with a center spout and a basin. You usually see some form of ornament or statuary acting as the spout. For other types of fountains, there are pond fountains, floating fountains, wall plaque fountains, and many more.

Garden Fountain Materials


The basic garden fountain materials you need are going to be a pump, some underground conduit, an electric cord, rubber tubing, and silicone sealant. You can get these supplies at most any nursery or garden supply store. There are several styles of pumps to choose from. Some send out a tall spray while some gurgle and bubble to pick one that is right for your design.

Where To Put The Garden Fountain

For a good spot to put the fountain, it all comes down to design. If you have a very basic garden, with a path, you can place the fountain in the middle as the center feature. If your garden is large with many paths winding to and fro, a fountain can be stuck over in a corner of beside one of the paths. Where ever you decide to place it, you also need to be practical. A fountain has to have power to work so try to find a spot close to an outdoor outlet. If you have to dig a trench and bury a line, try not to destroy parts of your garden that are complete. Planning ahead is always a good idea.

Steps For Putting A Garden Fountain Together

So now you know what kind of fountain you want and have bought all of the materials. Now it is time to put it together.

  1. The first thing to do is to make sure you have a power source nearby. If you do not have an outdoor power outlet, you will need to install one. If you are familiar with working with electricity, you can do it yourself. If not, hire an electrician to do it for you. If your fountain is going to be far from the house, then you will need to lay an underground conduit.
  2. Next you want to remove any weeds, rocks, or other debris and make sure the ground is level, otherwise your fountain will lean to one side and the water will not cascade evenly. Check to make sure your power cord is long enough to reach the site.
  3. Now you’re ready to assemble the garden fountain. Put your fountain together according to whatever design you chose. The key is to have a reservoir pot or basin at the bottom to catch the water. Here you will place the pump. You will want to attach it to something heavy like a brick. If you have to, drill a hole in the basin to run your electrical cord through to the pump. Use the silicone sealant to seal the hole around the cord. If you have multiple items stacked on top of one another, you may have to use the silicone to waterproof any cracks. If you have a statue or ornament to act as a spout but it doesn’t have holes for the tubing, you can just drill a hole in the bottom of it and then another one on the top. Run the tubing from the pump through this so the water can pump out through the spout.
  4. Allow the sealant time to dry. If the bottom of your basin has been painted with acrylic paint, you will need to seal this or over time, the paint will peel away. Fill the reservoir with water before turning on the pump. Once everything is dry, plug the fountain in and the water should come cascading out of the spout.