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Beautiful Planters Into Water Features

Turning garden pottery into water features for your home or garden areas are becoming very popular. The sound of moving water is both soothing and calming.  Here are a few ideas to get you started.
This water feature shown above, made from an garden pot adds a traditional touch to this contemporary outdoor space. Water spills over the edges of the pot onto a bed of beach pebbles, producing soothing white noise for relaxation.  Design by Chad Robert.


This Asian inspired garden two pots were used.  The bottom one is sitting upside down with a garden bowl sitting on top.  This is an easy way to hide the pump being used to move the water.  Filling the top bowl with stone adds beauty and weight to keep the pot secure in windy weather.  The koi is a nice addition.


Here is a bold idea.  Don't hesitate to use bright bold colors for garden
pots when designing a water feature.  This is a large glazed planter that is high fired and will hold up well to the spilling water cascading down the sides.  When everywhere you look is green, add a splash to color!

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Post Last Updated: 12/15/2016 10:17:12 AM 

How To Make A Fountain Out Of A Garden Pot!

Everyone knows that the sound of running water is comforting & soothing.  You can take a garden planter and turn it into a recirculating water fountain by following these easy steps.
1 - deep 30" pot single drain hole in bottom
1 - 6" pot single drain hole in bottom
1 - 5 gallon plastic bucket, wider than the large pots base diameter
Tin snips
Electric drill with masonry bit
Submersible fountain pump that lifts water at least 3 feet.
1 - 2" square of sturdy expanded steel mesh.
42" of plastic tubing that fits the pump outlet
Silicone caulking
Stone to cover the steel mesh
Step 1:  Dig a hole in the soil deep enough to hold the plastic bucket.  Using tin snips or a drill, create a 1/2" notch in the bucket rim.  Put the bucket into the hole with its rim at ground level.  Set the pump in the bucket.
Step 2.  Using tin snips, cut a square opening about 1/2" across in the center of the mesh square.
 16056-Step-3-Make-A-Pot-Into-A-Fountain-Arizona-PotteryStep 3.  Attach the plastic tube to the pump, then thread it through the center opening in the steel mesh.  Position the mesh square atop the bucket.  Pull out the free end of the pumps power cord, position so it exits the bucket through the cut notch.
Step 4.  Slide the plastic tubing's free end throught the drain hole of the 16055-Step-4-Make-A-Pot-Into-A-Fountain-Arizona-Pottery large pot.
 16057-Step-5-Pot-Into-Fountain-Arizona-PotteryStep 5 - Center the large pot atop the stell mesh and slide it down the tubing until it sits firmly on the mesh.
Step 6 - Put a bead of silicone caulk aorund the inside of the outer 16058-Step-6-Make-A-Pot-Into-A-Fountain-Arizona-Pottery container.  Slip the shallow bowl into the outer container, fitting its drain hole over the plastic tubing, trim the top of the tube so that its end is fluent with the bottom of the shallow bowl.  Make sure the bowls rim has good contact with the caulking and allow to dry overnight.
Step 7:  Put landscap rocks around the pot to hide the mesh and fill the plastic bucket under the fountain with water and turn on the pump.
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Post Last Updated: 12/29/2016 7:35:51 AM 

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