How to Build a Garden Fountain

Cast this fountain in a weekend with a few bags of concrete and some hardware odds and ends

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
  • Level
  • Jigsaw
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Spade
  • Steel


Required Materials for this Project

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

  • Square of 3/4-in. plywood, minimum size of 18 x 18 in.
  • 5-ft. length of 4-in. wide sheet metal flashing
  • Roll of double-faced carpet tape
  • 5-ft. length of ribbed foam sill sealer (cut from roll)
  • Twenty 1/2-in. sheet metal screws
  • 5-in. round duct cap
  • 5-in. round duct coupling
  • 2-ft. length of 8-in. round metal duct
  • Duct tape
  • 2-ft. length of 1/2-in. copper pipe
  • 1/2 in. copper elbow
  • 1/2- to 3/8-in. copper reducer
  • Two-part epoxy (five-minute type)
  • Roll of rope caulk
  • 16 ft. of 3/8-in. steel rebar
  • 4 ft. of 14- or 16-gauge wire
  • 3 ft. of 5/8-in. outside diameter (O.D.) plastic tubing
  • Two hose clamps for above tubing
  • Pump
  • Two 60-lb. or 80-lb. bags of concrete mix
  • 36 x 36-in. square of 1/4-in. galvanized hardware cloth
  • 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 in. dia. river rock to cover hardware cloth
  • Plastic tub

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