Look what I made!
That’s right – I made this beautiful water feature. And you can make one, too!
DIY Water Fountain Kit
Available for pre-order now and pick up mid-April from The Pot Shop in Sandy and St. George, Utah. Order yours today!
Sandy: (801) 567-1255
St. George: (435) 656-2151
Included in the DIY Fountain Kit:
1. Water Pump
2. PVC Stand Pipe
3. Bulkhead Fitting
4. Cord Plug
5. Pipe Nipple
6. PVC Tee
7. Sticky Sealer
8. Diamond Hole Saw Drill Bit
9. PVC Slip Plug
10. PVC Nipple
11. Detailed Instruction Sheet
You will also need:
2. Channel Lock Pliers
5. Sharpie or pencil
6. PVC cutter
7. Vaseline or other lubricant
As with any DIY project, you can spend as much or as little as you’d like. You pick the pot and any accessories you’d like: topper, stand, pot feet, rocks, etc. All are available at The Pot Shop! I mean, look at the selection of pots!
I was surprised at how easily the fountain went together. The hardest part is drilling the two holes. But, with the included drill bit, even that was a breeze!
I did practice at the shop and got the hang of it quickly:
Step 1: You will need to drill a hole in the center of the bottom and about 2” up from the bottom on the back of the pot.
* Look from the top to determine where the center is – not just where the pre-drilled hole is.
* With drill turning, start hole on an angle and, while drill running, rotate up so you are drilling at a 90 degree angle to the pot.
* Use water to speed up the process and protect the drill from burning up.
Step 2: Remove the nut from the bulkhead fitting. Roll the sticky stuff into a snake and wrap around bulkhead fitting so it sits on the flange beneath the thread, as shown.
Step 3: Thread bulkhead through hold in bottom of pot and add nut. Hand tighten and then use channel lock pliers to tighten. When tightened, the sticky stuff will have squished out from under flange.
Now is a good time to clean out the inside of the pot, if needed:
Step 4: Insert pipe plug into the bulkhead fitting in bottom of pot.
Step 5: Screw pipe nipple into the pump. Then add tee.
Step 6: Thread plug through hole in side and add tee (with pump) onto the short piece of PVC pipe in bottom of pot.
Step 7: Spread plug apart and wrap around cord with the small end toward the outside edge of the pot. Add Vaseline to bottom of cord plug. Push in as far as you can by hand and lightly tap with a soft hammer (mallet) until it will hold water. Does not need to be in completely.
Step 8: Add long piece of PVC to pump. Measure the distance from the top of the pot to the pipe. Decide if how long you want the pipe to be: same height as the pot, shorter or taller than the top of the pot. This will be determined by what, if any, topper you use.
Step 9: Plug it!
Step 10: To give the fountain a finished look, add a decorative topper as shown or small decorative ball. This step is not necessary.
Step 11: Place pot where you would like it. Add a stand or feet, if desired. Fill pot with water (do not run pump without water). You can adjust the flow of the pump by turning the adjustment on the side of the pump. You can adjust the sound of the pump by the amount of water is in the fountain or by adding rocks to the water.
Isn’t this a fun project! You are only limited by your creativity! Look at the selection of pots!
It’s also a great Mother’s Day gift idea!
Not only will you feel accomplished for creating a beautiful fountain, you will get to relax to the sound of running water all summer long!
P.S. Fairy Garden classes are beginning in April!