What is needed to build a bird bath fountain?

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What is needed to build a bird bath fountain?

A bird bath with a fountain keeps the water circulating and prevents it from becoming stagnant. Building a bird bath isn't especially challenging and takes only a few hours.

Base Options

It's up to the builder to decide how simple or elaborate the bird bath fountain will be. The base that will be the foundation for the bath can be a large, flat-topped rock, a bed of attractive gravel or river rock, a section of terra-cotta pipe, a concrete form shaped in a hollow pit dug by the builder, or a purchased stand.

The Basin

The focal point of the bird bath is the basin for holding the water. The numerous possibilities include an old porcelain sink, a large terra-cotta saucer used for flower pots, a shallow glass or ceramic bowl, a large stone with a depression in its centre, or a conventional, purchased bird bath.

Fountain Features

Just about anything with a hole running through its centre can be the basis for creating the fountain. Garden centres stock a plethora of ready-made fountain heads, from frogs and fish that spout water from their mouths, to cherubs and maidens spilling water from urns and pitchers. However, upside-down flower pots, a cascade of large rocks, or a piece of yard art that the builder drills a hole through can provide an interesting fountain.


A small, 6-volt pump is required to generate the fountain effect. If building a larger fountain, a heavier-duty DC pump with more voltage for pushing larger amounts of water through the fountain's system may be needed. Pumps can be bought at a garden centre.

Tubing and PVC Pipe

Tubing or thin PVC pipe are needed to run the water from the pump to the fountain attachment. Sometimes, fountain attachments have everything the bird-bath builder needs. Silicone sealant is required for connecting tubing or PVC pipe.


The fountain must have an electrical socket nearby for the pump to plug into. One option is to purchase a small solar panel, or solar-powered fountain attachment, to generate power. However, then the bird bath fountain will only operate during daylight hours.

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