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 an outdoor waterfall to your yard? Garden waterfalls are great for stress reduction – both watching and listening to water falling is a relaxing experience. Backyard 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 do a DIY garden waterfall! Not only is it much cheeper to do it yourself, it’s a fun project, especially for a couple or a family.
How to Build a Backyard Waterfall
Installing a DIY outdoor 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.
DIY Waterfall Projects
Ok, go big or go home, right? So we start out with this DIY waterfall wall from ‘DIY Network‘, because it’s awesome. Like, “How fast can I drive to Home Depot?”, type of awesome. And copper? Yes, please. And believe it or not, this is a DIY tutorial! I love these type of outdoor projects where you can make a really amazing focal point for your backyard, on a budget.
Want your yard to look like it was done by high end landscape designers? Learn how to build a backyard waterfall with this innovative stone design from ‘HGTV‘. I know this looks complicated, but it’s just landscape bricks with a cap, and these experts walk you through how to plumb the waterfall.
Linda at ‘The Summery Umbrella‘ made this DIY waterfall and they show us exactly how they did it, on a budget! This whole project cost them right around $300. They show you how to use concrete to make the base and base rocks, then add found rocks and plants to add to the design.
Think you need a whole team to do a project like this? Think again… Adele on ‘Hometalk‘ shared how just her and her son created this huge DIY backyard waterfall and stream feature! Lots of step by step photos to walk you through it. This is a great way to take advantage of a slope in your yard and make it the coolest part of the garden. Of course, you can scale yours down a bit. :) If you have to.
Go all out and build ‘Family Handyman’s‘ backyard waterfall and stream. They have lots of great photos walking you through all the steps!
Also 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.
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!
Good step by step instructions over at Passion For Ponds, for this nice DIY waterfall project.
Lastly, ‘DIY Network‘ has a great tutorial on a DIY waterfall, with photos and instructions.