How to Cast Concrete Fountains

Use basic materials and clever techniques to create a water feature in one weekend.

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
  • Circular saw
  • Bucket
  • Dust mask
  • Hearing protection
  • Straightedge
  • Pliers
  • Putty knife
  • Safety glasses
  • Sawhorses
  • Utility knife

Required Materials for this Project

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

  • One 4 x 8-ft. sheet of 2-in. extruded polystyrene foam insulation
  • Four 80-lb. bags of concrete mix (or five 60-lb. bags)
  • Four 10-oz. bottles of Quikrete Cement Color or equivalent
  • 2 ft. of 1/2-in. PVC pipe
  • 2 ft. of pump tubing
  • 2 ft. of 10-gauge insulated copper wire
  • Duct tape
  • 3-in. screws
  • 20-minute setting-type joint compound (1 bag)
  • 12-in. flowerpot
  • 3-in. ABS toilet flange
  • hot glue
  • 9- or 10-in.-diameter ball
  • 1/2-in. galvanized hardware cloth
  • river pebbles