Step-by-step: build a soothing fountain

Use these easy-to-follow instructions and make your own burbling fountain

Fountain in a pot
Rob D. Brodman


This fountain is made from one deep (30-in.) pot and one shallow (6-in.) pot. Each pot has a single drain hole in its bottom.

  • One 5-gal. plastic bucket, slightly wider than large pot's base diameter
  • Tin snips
  • Electric drill with a masonry bit
  • Submersible fountain pump that lifts water at least 3 ft.
  • One 2-ft. square of very sturdy expanded steel mesh
  • 42 in. of plastic tubing that fits the pump outlet
  • Two glazed ceramic containers, one smaller in diameter so it nests into the other
  • Silicone caulking
  • Stones to cover the steel mesh


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