I think sometimes we forget what our garden is supposed so be… A respite from the rest of the world. Some place calm, tranquil and relaxing, even if we play and entertain there as well! Introducing water as an element in our garden is a good way to disguise noise in the neighborhood, add a sense of nature, and soothe ourselves. These soothing DIY water fountain ideas are meant to inspire you. We hope you pick one to recreate for your own yard, or at least just convince you that you need one of these. And BTW, making your own garden fountain saves money over buying one as well. More cash for those prize Dahlias! (Or whatever you fancy…)

7 Soothing DIY Garden Fountains


DIY Garden Fountain Ideas

How to Make a Garden Fountain

Build this DIY solar garden fountain from a galvanized tub and awesome water plants! This tutorial is from ‘A Piece of Rainbow‘ and we are in love with this little patio outdoor water garden. Simple to make, easy to maintain. And, it takes no electricity, so you don’t need to be near an outdoor receptacle.


DIY Solar Fountain Ideas

From ‘Ramshackle Glam‘, learn how to make a DIY solar fountain with a pot and a solar pump! We used a similar technique and solar pump over at our post DIY Modern Water Feature for Under $30!


Ceramic Pot Bubbler Fountain

This garden fountain idea may look substantial and difficult, but all it is is a large ceramic pot set in the garden, with a simple bubbler placed inside. Go check out this water feature and the whole garden over at ‘Sunset Magazine‘. What a focal point for any backyard! (Or front!)


DIY Outdoor Wall Fountains

From ‘Central Texas Gardener‘, learn how Elayne Lansford made this glass table top into a water wall. This is amazing! I think we need to head out to the thrift store to look for an old patio table. Good instructions and step by step photos for this DIY garden fountain idea.



Marie (well, her hubby!) at ‘The Interior Frugalista‘ made this DIY water wall for her garden. Lot’s of photos in her tutorial to take you through it, and I love this project! Can you imagine such an amazing piece in your garden?

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Sphere Garden Fountains You Can Make

Charlotte at ‘Ciburbanity‘ made this DIY fountain created with concrete and Goodwill! Click on over to her tutorial to find out what I mean. I love spheres in the garden, they remind us about the circle of everything, which is nature’s deepest truth.



Container Outdoor Garden Fountains

Ok, time to go smaller scale. Jordan at ‘The Happy Homebodies‘ has a tutorial on this flower pot DIY garden fountain idea that is perfect for a quiet corner. Lot’s of photo’s here too, and great instructions.



Jen from ‘Tater Tots and Jello‘ has a complete tutorial for her recirculating ceramic pot DIY garden fountain that would be perfect for my backyard! Lot’s of great photos and step by steps as well for this garden fountain idea. BTW, if you haven’t visited her site yet, you have to check out her kitchen… since it’s one of my fav’s in the blogosphere!



Outdoor Copper Water Fountain

Ok, now for some inspiration! Teri from ‘Gone Walk About‘ took this photo of a copper tubing DIY outdoor water fountain at the Nashville Lawn and Garden Show. Check out all her great home and garden posts at her site! Steve and I think this may be added to our project list. If we decide to tackle it, then we will update with a tutorial!



Garden Fountain Inspiration

Finally, this copper water wall is amazing, we found it on Pinterest. Unfortunately, look as we might, we could not find a good source for it. If anyone knows where this fountain comes from, please let us know so we can share it with you all! In the meantime, we’ll just dream about this garden fountain idea!



Where to Buy Garden Fountians

If you want to purchase a fountain for your garden, here are some great choices to get that sound of water going in your backyard!

This tiered concrete garden fountain is stunning, and a gorgeous piece of art for your patio or garden! Lighted with Led lights, and poured from cement, this piece is the perfect way to modernize your backyard space. We are willing to bet you will get tons of compliments on this fountain, not to mention, you will love it yourself! Free shipping too. Gift idea? Yes please!



This classic jar fountain has an Led light at the top to illuminate the trickle of water, and can be used indoors or out. It comes in four colors and is made with fiberglass and concrete so it will be stable in the wind, rain and fade resistant in the sun.


This polystone planter fountain allows you to grow a pretty mini garden with your fountain, you can even create a water garden with fish! Comes with everything you need, including the pump.


Ok, this one is my dream fountain! This concrete outdoor fountain (Yes, concrete, yet free shipping!) is a modern masterpiece, but classic enough to be used in almost any yard. This one is on my Christmas list right now. Weatherproof and lighted. Love this one!


Don’t care for any of these, or they don’t fit your budget? Then go look at all the choices over at ‘Wayfair’!

So are you feeling the need for water in the garden yet? These DIY Garden Fountain Ideas should get you started! And then jump right on over to our posts on DIY Easy Container Water Gardens or DIY Tabletop Fire Bowls! Don’t forget to pin a favorite (or two!) for later!

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  1. Cheryl August 14, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    A bit late posting, but the copper water wall fountain can also be made with stainless steel or rusty metal. Instructables has one made out of pressure treated lumber. The latter one would probably be a DIY project. I think the average person would faint at the cost of one prebuilt in copper!

  2. Rhonda June 26, 2017 at 10:56 am

    I noticed that the copper tubing fountain did not have a tutorial. So I looked on Amazon and found copper tubing. I would assume that you can bend it or have it bent (rounded) then attach rubber tubing that would attach to the pump, which sits at the bottom of the pot. I see the power cord running over the side of the pot.
    LOL I will ask my genius “Do it Himself” hubby if this is correct. If not I will change my post.

    We are going to make one ourselves!

    1. Cheryl August 14, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      Curving copper piping is a skill (Copper creases easily). Machines for doing so are priced in the thousands of dollars. They can be curved by hand by a professional, but I wouldn’t know where to start to find one!

    2. Joe Rosenman March 17, 2021 at 8:34 pm

      I don’t *know* the answer but I can guess based upon having seen brass musical instruments being made—which involves bending brass. The tube must be filled with a flexible material which, after bending (usually over a jig so that it will comport to the correct bend and length). The material would then be washed out; excess pipe could easily be removed with plumbers tools. I don’t know if the material would need to be frozen, cold, or room temp; some research would be needed. And practice to make a smooth bend even with the correct prep—but it should be in the realm of possible.

  3. Pam January 23, 2017 at 8:29 am

    I absolutely love all the ideas you have shared…I have always been a city girl & have no sence of creativity nor do I have a green thumb (I killed my catus) We moved to the country, bought a 6 acer ranch and tho our horses take up a good deal of it. But..we still have alot of nothing.. trees but empty, I have gotten so many incredible ideas from you. Thank, thank you, thank you!!
    I have 2 questions I’m hoping you can help me with?
    1. Where can I find pallets?
    2. I have been looking for what I’ve always thought was called an “Orange Blossom” bush, this may not be what it’s called! What I remember about it is, that is has white flowers that look like an looks like a blooming apple or orange tree (I’ve never seen a real orange tree, so I’m going by pictures) The smell it puts out is so amazing…(I still remember it after 60+yrs later) its of oranges. Like Honeysuckle it’s something you couldn’t ever forget! I have searched places & nurseries for years and can’t find it anywhere! If you or anyone have the correct name and no where I can find them, I would be enterally greatful!! I no they’re real and do they do exist, my grandmother had one & I have to find at least one!!! Thank you so much for your time! I’ve never gone public before and my husband thinks I’m crazy. But I’m so desperate to find one!! Thanks again!!

    1. Kathy Woodard January 24, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      Hi Pam!
      1.. Pallets can be gotten from a lot of businesses for free (ask first!) or put an ad in Craigslist and you will have tons of people telling you where to find them in your area…

      2. Are you perhaps talking about the Mock Orange Bush? http://www.hortmag.com/plants/mockorange It’s an old fashioned garden plant, so I took a shot it might be the one you’re looking for…

      Hope this helped!

      1. Mary ann March 7, 2017 at 7:55 am

        Yes, that’s correct! Grew one in my Minnesota garden. Is very easy to prune to a good shape, too. Mock orange.
        Folks would ask for my lavender flower trimmings from my 30 ft. Row of plants to add to their water fountains to prevent scum from growing. I’m in the Deep South now and can’t keep lavender alive here, but scum thrives.
        Does anyone have knowledge of lavender doing this?
        Btw. Lavender in France grows in gravel lined rows. Mine loved cement walkways.

  4. me August 15, 2016 at 2:17 am

    LOTS, LOTS, LOTS!!! not Lot’s, that is a word that doesn’t even exist!!!!

    1. Kathy Woodard September 7, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      Thx for correcting me, you are correct in the usage of “lots”..

  5. Николай June 1, 2016 at 5:12 am

    Truly wonderful soothing fountains. I am glad that all of them can be made with your own hands, making them accessible to the many fans of this country rest!

  6. Julie Myers September 23, 2015 at 7:06 am

    I love the look of all these fountains! Right now I am trying to improve the look of my garden, and I think that a fountain would make it look fantastic. I especially like the fountain here that is the copper water wall. It is such a creative idea, and although it is very simple, it looks great! I will look around to see if I can get this put in, and then I will be sure to let you know if I find the source for the fountain, since you weren’t able to find it. Thanks for sharing these great pictures!

  7. Avery September 1, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    I saw the copper water wall done on the DIY channel “Yard Crashers”!
    It was on the episode called “California Casual”
    It aired here in Texas July 4, 2015.
    Hope this helps. :-)

    1. Kathy Woodard September 17, 2015 at 8:49 am

      Thanks Avery! We will try to find a link to attach to it, maybe they have great instructions!

    1. Kathy Woodard August 27, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      Thanks for sharing this Nancy!

  8. Dave April 10, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Sweet! I just found a way to re-purpose that old round glass tabletop in the garage. Thanks!

    1. Polly Burfiend October 10, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      I am trying to get instructions on how to make this fountain out of a table top. I have one and want to make it but don’t know what I need to do I. If anyone can tell me what I need I would be ever so grateful. I am a member of pinterest but could not find the instructions on how to make it and what I need , thank you email address myappaloosa@bresnan.net

  9. L.R. April 8, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Regarding your following post:
    “This copper water wall is amazing, we found it on Pinterest. Unfortunately, look as we might, we could not find a good source for it. If anyone knows where this fountain comes from, please let us know so we can share it with you all! In the meantime, we’ll just dream about it!”…

    I found it on this website for ordering out of the U.K.
    I would love to know if anyone knew how to build this as a D.I.Y. also ;))



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