8.02.2011

*DIY Flower Pot Fountain*

These four lovely bloggers recently issued a Pinterest Challenge:


Our mission, should we choose to accept, was to take something we had "pinned" and actually make it! Apparently a lot of us "pin" all sorts of cool ideas but never get around to making them... GUILTY! 




I already love Sherry's blog (Young House Love) and Emily's blog (Emily Henderson), but now I am officially fans of Katie's blog (Bower Power) and Lana's blog (Making a House a Home). You may recognize Emily if you are an HGTV fan like me– she won last season's Design Star and has her own show, Secrets of a Stylist. 

Now, back to the challenge. I was wondering what I could take from my Pinterest Board and make really quickly. It had to be easy because I was looking at a very busy weekend between traveling out of town for a wedding and celebrating our own anniversary. 

I left on Friday for the wedding, not knowing what I project I would do. Lo and behold, my husband unknowingly accepted the Pinterest Challenge (which he has never heard of) and created the perfect item from my pin! This is the PIN:


It's a DIY water feature from Martha Stewart's website that was made out of flower pots. We bought the pots a while ago (I wrote about my awesome bargain score HERE), so we just hadn't gotten around to this project yet. 

This amazing thing happens when I leave town, even if it's only for a day like this past weekend. My husband goes into work mode and completes house projects at warp speed! Apparently I'm a distraction? Anyway, while I was gone this past Friday, he managed to weather-seal the fence, paint the front door and build me a fountain. 

It was really very sweet, and he built this fountain for me as an anniversary gift. (He didn't reference my Pinterest photo of the Martha Stewart version, although I have shown him that picture many, many times and I'm sure he had that in his head when he made this one.) It was such a nice surprise when I came home! 





Now, let's get to the details:

Scott bought a simple 300 GPH (gallons per hour) pump at Lowes. He drilled a hole using a wood chisel drill bit into the bigger pot that he used as the base so he could run the pump cord through the hole.

Inside the big pot, the second tier is sitting on an upside-down pot. It's a cheap plastic pot, but it does the job and gives us the height we were looking for. There is a hole drilled through the cheap pot, too, so the pump can reach all the way up to the top. There are a few holes in the side of the plastic pot so the water would drain well. 



The top pot needs a hole in the bottom, too. That means each pot needs a hole so that the wire for the pump can run all the way up the middle of the fountain. 

We used extra bricks we had laying around (from digging up an old brick pathway where our patio is now), to fill up the bottom of the pot. Then we used the holes in the bricks to brace our fountain pump so that it would point straight up and be centered in the top pump. 



Once the bricks were taking up the majority of the space, we filled in the rest of the pots with leftover rock from our landscaping project (read about that HERE).

Scott used the hose to fill the pots with water so there would be enough to circulate, and then he turned on the pump. It was perfect!



Check out the lovely sound of the fountain in this video:

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I knew it would be nice to have a fountain out there, but I had no idea how luxurious it would feel to have the sound of running water on our patio. Suddenly I feel very transported to a wonderful resort or something! You can even hear the fountain inside our master bedroom, which is extra nice when taking a mid-day siesta to escape our extemely high temperatures. It's 110 degrees today, by the way!

I'm so proud of my husband for unknowingly tackling the Pinterest Challenge and checking one of the items off our to-do list. He's pretty cool sometimes. 

* Splish Splash*

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    1. I'm sorry, I don't see the pump in any pic. And it's unclear where it is placed. ToP or bottom?

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    2. Ada, the pump is placed inside the bottom pot.

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  3. So where does the pump sit and where does the water collect? Doesn't it drain out the bottom, or is there a bucket below all of this where they both sit? I love the way this looks and would love to create one of my own!

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    1. Hi Megan! We followed these instructions from Martha Stewart when we made our fountain:

      http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.3a0656639de62ad593598e10d373a0a0/?vgnextoid=98c2ce908332f010VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&vgnextfmt=default&slide=215129&center=276985&czone=home%2Fdecorating-outdoor-living%2Foutdoor-living-decor&gallery=274242

      It really explains it much better than I can!

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    2. I don't know why that link is so long, but you should be able to copy and paste it to get the instructions. Or you can search "pyramidal pots water fountain" on www.marthastewart.com.

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  4. If a hole is drilled into the bottom pot so the chord can come out to be plugged in? Where is it drilled? Top of container? Seems like the water would just flow out otherwise. I get the rest of it. I have always wanted to make a fountain and this would do the trick.

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  5. What size are these pots? I am getting ready to make this fountain but I wanted to make sure I purchased the right sizes!

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    1. Niki, any size will work as long as the top one is small enough to fit inside the bottom one. You can make them as big or as small as you want, depending on the space you have. These pots are 10 inches and 16 inches wide around the top.

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  6. I Luv it! I'm so excited to make one for our newly cemented front yard. thank you for sharing! your husband is an angel :o)

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