Friday, June 12, 2009

Pyramidal Pot Water Fountain

Over three years ago I discovered this "How to" fountain in a Martha Stewart magazine. I was thrilled because it looked simple to do and had a great look to it. I made a mental note to do this is at our new home when we moved to Tennessee. A year later we finally remembered to do it and had created the perfect spot for the fountain. I was able to find large enough pots at a discount store and a garden water pump at Home Depot, the other materials were purchased at a hardware store. All though it seemed simple enough we had issues with it and it took longer than we expected, however it was worth all the trial and errors. I especially love the sound . Ed did a great job with the rocks and placement.

Here is the article and info on how you do it. You can also find it on Martha Stewart's web site.

You don't need a lakefront property to enjoy the benefits of backyard water. Stacked pots filled with a pump and filled to the brim produce sounds reminiscent of lapping waves. The vessels' rolled rims -- and resulting cascades -- amplify the sound of the water.

Water Fountain How-To
1. Collect three "display" pots and two "support" pots. The measurements should not matter, so long as the bases and tops correspond as shown above. (The display pots we used measure as follows: 12 inches wide at top, 6 inches at base; 17 inches at top, 8 inches wide at base; 23 inches at top, 12 inches at base. The smaller support pot is 8 inches at top, 6 inches at base; the larger one is 12 inches at top, 10 inches at base.)

2. Plug the drainage hole of the largest pot with foam sealant. Place the pot on a level surface. Cut a length of 1-inch-diameter flexible plastic tubing that, when inserted into a 375-gallon-per-hour pump, extends through both support pots and 6 inches above the base of the smallest display pot. Insert the tubing into the pump.

3. Place the pump in the base pot, running the power cord over the rim, toward a grounded exterior outlet. Invert the larger support pot over pump, propping it on wooden shims to allow water to flow underneath; feed the tubing through the drainage hole. Spray foam sealant around tubing to seal.

4. Position the second display pot; feed tube through hole. Seal with foam. Repeat with the remaining support and display pots. Add a flow-control valve a few inches from the end of the tube. Add water until the pots are overflowing; plug the pump into the outlet, adjusting pressure as needed.

First Published: March 2006


  1. Oh MAN!!! that is perfect and it look so perfect in the space you picked too .I just love plain clay pots!!! What were the problems and how long did it take I want one!!!Except in the summer here in AZ the water would evaporate fast. But the birds would sure love it. I will look at my garden space for the most shade and maybe I can put one in too .

  2. I love the sound of running water. We have a fountain in our back yard that we can't wait to fill once the winter is over. It is so relaxing to listen to...even though the dogs use it for a watering hole! What a great idea to use flower pots like that...I'll have to show that one to handy DH!

  3. we made a mistake of using too small of a holding bucket for in the ground and had to redo it the following year. It takes some good patience to line everything up and let the sealant dry adequately (over night).Be sure it is in the right spot as it is not easy to move once it is all together....Good Luck!

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