Build a Backyard Waterfall and Stream

This cascading stream flows into a gravel bed, not a pond, so it stays clean with little maintenance.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Spade
  • Rubber mallet
  • Level
  • Utility knife
  • Wheelbarrow

Hand tamper, scissors, ball cart (for moving boulders)

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Large waterfall pump
  • Hose kit and connections
  • PVC primer and cement
  • Ball valve and clamps
  • Sewage basin (18” x 30”) and lid
  • Two hole saw bits (2” and 1”)
  • EPDM pond liner
  • Underlayment fabric
  • Waterfall foam sealant
  • Gravel
  • Field boulders
  • Decorative boulders