Design Ideas for a Wishing Well Fountain

Written by katherine kally
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Create a wishing well fountain to suit your landscape design using readily available resources from your property or local garden supply centres. Wishing well fountains may be shallow enough to see the coins lying inside the basin, but this is not always the case. They may follow a traditional well design, complete with a pitched roof, or they may resemble an old country well with a circular rock wall.


Make a rustic-style wishing well fountain in a circular shape using natural rocks and stones. Create a circular stone wall to the desired size of the wishing well by stacking rows of rocks. Set the first row in a layer of thinset mortar on excavated ground, and then attach subsequent rows on top of previous rows with thinset. After the thinset dries, cover the space inside the wall with thick plastic. Add a submersible fountain pump with an attached fountain head in the centre of the plastic; make a platform for the pump with bricks if necessary.

Wood Wishing Well

Purchase a wooden wishing well garden ornament as the basic design for your wishing well fountain. Cover the wooden well section of the ornament with plastic pond liner; attach the liner to the wood with staples or waterproof construction adhesive. Place a submersible fountain pump with a fountain head extension inside the well. If the wooden well cavity is too deep, make a platform for the pump with bricks. The fountainhead extension must reach above the water line.


Cover the sides of a round, square or rectangular concrete planter with pavers or natural slate stones to make a contemporary wishing well fountain. Use thinset to attach the pavers or stones to the concrete. After the thinset dries, seal the inside of the planter with concrete sealer. Add a submersible fountain pump and fountain head to the centre of the planter.


Create a Mediterranean style wishing well fountain using colourful mosaic tiles and any shape of shallow concrete planter. Cover the inside and outside of the concrete planter with small ceramic tiles using thinset. Leave up to 1/4 inch of space between each tile so you can add the grout after the thinset dries. Place the tiles randomly or draw a design pattern onto the concrete and then fill it in with appropriate colours to create an image. Finish the wishing well fountain with a fountain pump and a fountain head in the centre.

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