How to Build a Low-Maintenance Water Feature

Construct a simple (one-weekend!) stone and gravel fountain that needs almost no 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.

  • Cordless drill
  • Tape measure
  • Caulk gun
  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Drill bit set
  • Dust mask
  • Garden rake
  • Hearing protection
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Safety glasses
  • Spade
  • Utility knife

You'll need to rent a rotary hammer and a 1-in. masonry bit. You can use a corded or cordless drill.

Required Materials for this Project

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

  • 1- to 2-in. smooth round stone. A large fountain like this one requires about 1,000 lbs.
  • A small roll of indoor/outdoor carpeting (or any other old carpeting you may have on hand).
  • Pond liner padding
  • Waterproof liner
  • Five 5-gallon pails with lids.
  • Pea gravel. This feature required 25 bags.
  • Corrugated pond tubing only.
  • Two tubing clamps
  • 1-in. elbow
  • 1-in. male adapter
  • Silicone caulk
  • Pump
  • Boulders
  • Garden hose
  • Spray paint