Learning how to make a fountain isn't hard, and making one from materials you already have can be a fulfilling experience. At its most basic, a fountain is simply a reservoir of water recycled by a pump. Once you wrap your mind around the simplicity of a fountain, you quickly come to realize that creating one is more about creativity than engineering.
How To Make A Fountain: Start With The Reservoir
The reservoir of a fountain is the basin that holds the water that is circulated by the pond pump. One of the best places to look for a reservoir is in your garden. An old watering can or galvanized tub can make a great fountain reservoir. That whiskey barrel you used as a planter last year would make a great reservoir once it was waterproofed with some pond liner.
Perhaps the simplest reservoir you could find in your garden is a clay pot. Clay or terra cotta pots are great for starter fountains because they simple to use and already have access holes drilled through them. Stacking a couple of pots can quickly create an interesting waterfall effect. If you decide to use clay pots, be sure to seal them with acrylic sealer to make them completely waterproof.
Anatomy Of A Fountain
Once you've decided on a reservoir, you'll need several other parts to create your fountain:
Building A Clay Pot Fountain
Although these instructions are for a clay pot fountain, the same basic steps are used for other types fountains:
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