How to make a homemade pond waterfall

Updated February 21, 2017

Making a homemade waterfall for your pond is a simple matter of selecting the right materials and the design best suited for your garden. A pond waterfall adds a layer of interest to your garden with the soothing sounds of the tinkling water. Making your own homemade waterfall may take you an afternoon, but your enjoyment will last for years.

Design and layout your pond waterfall in tune with the natural elements of your garden. If you have a wooded area, boulders and river rock will fit in nicely. Slate works well with spaces that are open and green all around. Place your waterfall on the side of your pond with the highest natural elevation--this will save you a few stones. Keep in mind the viewpoint as well. If you can see your waterfall from your home, you can enjoy it at night by adding a few solar lights.

Purchase your materials from your local garden supply store or home improvement store. If the land around your homemade pond is flat, you will need more of the base stones to build it up. Find the least expensive rocks for the elevation layer of your waterfall. It doesn't matter what they look like, you will cover them with other decorative stone. Your top layer of stone can be slate, cobblestone, river rock, or another type of natural rock available. Buy a bit more stones than you think you will need. Your pump should be strong enough to force the water to the top of your waterfall and you will need to purchase extra plastic tubing to reach from the bottom of your pond to the top of your waterfall.

Build your homemade pond waterfall beginning with the largest of your elevation stones. Your waterfall may be as wide as you like as long as it is in scale with the pond. A gradual, winding waterfall has the highest elevation furthest away from the pond, while a steep waterfall will begin close to the pond's edge. Stack your elevation rocks to the desired size and pitch of your finished waterfall. It doesn't have to look perfect; you will be covering all of it with other stones. It does need to be a solid structure, with largest stones on the bottom, gradually decreasing in size as you stack.

Mix your cement and anchor the structural rocks together. Let the cement dry before adding the remaining material. Stack the finishing stones so that they completely cover your homemade waterfall structure. Cement or a waterproof adhesive will keep the stones in place.

Attach the plastic tubing to your pump. Place your pump inside a stocking to help keep debris from its mechanisms and attach it to a brick with a rubber band. Place the pump in the pond and thread the plastic tubing inconspicuously up the stones of your waterfall. Bring your homemade pond waterfall to life by plugging in the pump.


Look around your back yard, and maybe your neighbours, for large rocks that you can use to build your base.


Wear gloves to protect your hands while you work with large rocks.

Things You'll Need

  • Slate
  • Large rock
  • Cement
  • Pump
  • Stocking
  • Brick
  • Waterproof adhesive
  • Gloves
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About the Author

Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home-improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost-effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.