DIY Home Water Features

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DIY Home Water Features
Fountains decorate a home. (above rocky waters image by Paul Mitchell from

The two main components of any water feature are a reservoir and a recirculating fountain pump. To make a do-it-yourself, or, DIY water feature at home, you will need in the feature design a fountainhead to direct the water from the pump to the fountain rim or tubing to channel the water from the pump to a spout.

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Home Fountain

Create a simple DIY home water feature with a decorative tabletop fountain. A sealed planter, bowl, vase or any watertight container large enough to house a small submersible pump can work as the reservoir for your tabletop fountain. For example, place the pump in at least an 8-inch diameter bowl, attach a fountainhead, camouflage the pump with decorative stones and you have a table top fountain. The same construction principle applies to larger indoor or outdoor fountains. Select a suitable size container and a larger capacity fountain pump. Direct the water with tubing from any part of the fountain design.

DIY Home Water Features
Fountains add dimension to a landscape. (water fountain image by Vanessa van Rensburg from

Water Wall

A water wall stands out as distinctive home water feature. Make one in a weekend. Construct the water wall with a large rectangular planter as the reservoir and a sheet of acrylic or glass as the water wall design. Cover one side of marine plywood with ceramic or metal tiles to create a more intricate design for the water feature. Use a submersible waterfall pump to force the water from the reservoir on the floor to the top of the water wall. Plastic or copper tubing channels the flow. Install a water wall indoors or outdoors in a place you'd like hear the soothing sounds of water trickling. Make sure to brace the water wall at the top of the wall with brackets to prevent it from toppling forward.

Garden Pond

A garden pond is a more labour-intensive type of DIY home water feature, primarily due to the necessary excavation. Pre-formed plastic pond liners are available in many landscape supply stores to simplify the building process. Once you fit the liner into a hole equal to its overall size and depth, you can add a submersible fountain pump to circulate the water. Decorate around the perimeter of the garden pond with river rock, slate stones, flagstone or other pavers that suit your landscape. Add solar lighting, flowering plants and foliage to the space to attract birds and insects to the new ecosystem.

DIY Home Water Features
Add water lilies and other water plants to enhance a garden pond. (Water Lily, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Vancouver image by Oren Sarid from

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