DIY waterfalls

If you’ve been thinking about starting a water feature project in the garden this season, have you thought about adding the sights and sounds of a waterfall to your yard? Waterfalls are great for stress reduction- both watching and listening to water falling is a relaxing experience. Waterfalls can also block some neighborhood or traffic noise, attract birds and other wildlife, and let’s face it… the best reason for building a garden waterfall is that they look AMAZING. (And for the practical side of you, or your S.O., add value to your home.) And yes, you can DIY a garden waterfall! Not only is it much cheeper to do it yourself, it’s a fun project, especially for a couple or a family. Installing a waterfall is not difficult…it just takes some basic knowledge, and yes, who are we fooling’…some hard work. But most of us DIY’ers aren’t afraid of getting dirty and dragging our garden mud through the kitchen for a day or two… So here are our picks for DIY waterfall tutorials for our TGG readers. Have you installed a DIY water feature? Share with other TGG readers in comments!

From Family Handyman, this backyard waterfall project can be done in less than one day. It’s rated as simple, and is small enough to be installed without having to excavate half the backyard! Pretty and functional, and it could even be used by a front walk. Good instructions.

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There are several options on Family Handyman, and really useful information like this waterfall fountain graphic from their low maintenance water feature project to help you understand the dynamics of the pumps and water lines.

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And if you would like to go all out and build their backyard waterfall and stream, they have so many photos walking you through the steps!

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‘Reinventing the Ordinary’ did a great job with their DIY waterfall project, and their instructions are simple and if you don’t have the mechanics of how pumps and water lines work for such a project, check out a few of the other tutorials first. Then this will make perfect sense. Ehow has a good basic tutorial. Love this!

DIY Waterfall


Susan at Oh My Creative has a great tutorial for you for this DIY waterfall and pond. She supplies you with good instructions, and step by step photos… Great job Susan!

DIY Waterfall


Good step by step instructions over at Passion For Ponds, for this nice DIY waterfall project.

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Lastly, DIY Network has a great tutorial on a DIY waterfall, with photos and instructions.


Image Credits: DIY Network, Family Handyman, Family Handyman, Family Handyman, Reinventing the Ordinary, Oh My Creative, Passion For Ponds, DIY Netwrok

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  1. Betty September 19, 2015 at 11:23 am

    We have a huge pond out back and we’re getting this elgee on the sides where the shallow area is and its looks like slime but when you pull it up and it dries it looks like cardboard after being wet and dried out. Is that good elgee or bad for the pond. It’s not a spring pond just man made one.

  2. Andre August 8, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    I love it get out their and start doing it it does take time heart, cash, blood and sweat but in the end its your yard feature.

  3. Vee June 19, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    I live in Northern New York and I want to do this. Question – When the temperature is 6 degrees average for the month of Feb with 3 feet of snow, what should I have done with this the previous fall {if anything}? Is this something I will have to redo every winter?

    1. Kathy Woodard August 4, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      I would think emptying it of water in the fall would protect it… Call you local nursery and ask what their recommendation is for your area, they should know!

    2. Susie September 11, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      Cut all plants back, turn off pump, before leaves fall, cover with a net, putting in a frame made of pvc to hold net above water. No decaying vegetation in pond.

  4. C May 15, 2015 at 5:32 am

    I agree that doing your own projects are feasible now a days with all the info you can get from websites like yours. Taking time to read directions from experienced DIY ers makes it fun to accomplish your own design for a lot less money….I have seen some beautiful designs from people who just did their own design and built it.

    Just never use black rubber roofing sheets to line pond if you are putting in fish…also have it deep enough with some shelter to hide if predators can invade their habitat. Have fun and take your time…..we did.

  5. Amanda May 12, 2015 at 4:59 am

    I think your website was very useful!! I don’t think you were trying to come off saying it was simple. You gave good details! Anyone with common sense knows any type of project like this will be time consuming and bumps in the road. So I say bravo and ty

  6. kathie lavoie March 16, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    I have been an avid water gardener for 10+ years now, and at this time I have dug and re-dug the same pond 5 times. Each time has been a learning experience, and I wouldn’t change that or ask for professional help. I take great pride in being able to say “I did that”, and I find that to be true for my fellow water garden friends. Thanks for the ideas!

  7. William L. January 25, 2015 at 10:04 am

    I think water features are excellent landscaping additions when done properly. Your article helps sell water features but gives people a false sense that anyone can simply start digging and put together a successful waterfall or water feature. Having designed and installed many successful water features and seeing your article with the pictures its no wonder i get calls from folks requesting me to fix or renovate their existing water feature. My advice is always at least consult a professional before diving into project like a water feature.

    1. Kathy Woodard March 12, 2015 at 12:35 pm

      I understand your perspective, but I think each DIY’er has to decide for themselves their capabilities…

    2. Jerome M. May 19, 2015 at 8:58 pm

      You may get calls from individuals that couldn’t complete the project, but you have no way of knowing how many are successful in creating their own since they have no reason to call. One thing I will bring up about having a professional is that they should also be mindful of existing utilities where a general home owner may not. It should be left up to the individual whether they can tackle a project like this without paying an additional person for their advise before getting anything done.

    3. Jill Corral-Blossom August 20, 2016 at 11:50 pm

      You’re making a living helping those DIYers who didn’t succeed. Just my opinion but maybe you should be thanking the writer for supplying you with new customers. Just saying.
      But if you can’t handle the business send them my way.
      From a successful pond DIYer

    4. Susie September 11, 2017 at 5:55 pm

      I completely agree!! As a professional pond builder, I see DIY projects done incorrectly all the time. The builder has spent a lot of $$ and effort to have a big fail…either do lots of homework or call a pro


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