Adding Charm and Relaxation to a Backyard with a DIY Pond and Fountain

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My parents basically live in their backyard. It's large and lovely, with carefully tended flower gardens, enviable vegetable beds, and fruit trees galore. It's a take-your-breath-away kind of space you'd never expect when you look at their quiet suburban street. But when you enter the backyard, you feel the magic. 

One of the last items on their landscaping to-do list was to add a water feature. Last summer my dad built a three-season gazebo (they lovingly call it the “tea house”, a reference to the Japanese tea house it's modeled after). Continue Reading

Make a Terra Cotta Bubbling Fountain

Terra Cotta Fountain

I have a SERIOUS weakness for wind chimes and fountains. Right now, I don’t happen to have a fountain in the yard, but I usually do, most of which I’ve made. If you’ve always had a hankering to DIY a fountain yourself, you’ll want to checkout  TinkerJim’s new Terra Cotta Fountain Instructable. Basic components of any fountain are pretty much the same [receptacle(s), pump, fountain] and Jim’s done a lovely job assembling them into a fountain that can rival any store-bought alternative for–I’m guessing–a fraction of the price. Continue Reading

How To Build a River Rock Fountain

created at: 04/27/2010

Between flowers and vegetable garden tending, you’ll have a few weekends to build a zen like river rock fountain to make your backyard the tranquil envy of the neighbors (not that this is a competition, mind you). You can use just about any outdoor garden structure for a fountain, but you can’t beat the organic beauty and simplicity of smooth, serene river rocks. The trusty guys over at This Old House make it look very DIY-able. Continue Reading

How to Make a Bubbling Urn Water Feature


I’ve got a thing for water features, so when I spotted this little number, I got a little weak in the knees. If you’ve never made a fountain or water feature, you’ll be surprised at how easy they are to put together and what few supplies you need. It really is all about placement of the pump and stones, etc. For this project you’ll need:

decorative urn
large terra cotta pan
small pond pump
plastic-coated grille
pond liner
60 cm of hose
4 bricks

For the complete tutorial, head on over to Gardener’s World. Continue Reading