Water Feature with Planter

How to Create a Water Feature with a Planter

Fountains range from the bursting spray of water in the middle of a lake to an indoor fountain with a light trickle on a desk.  Fountains are flexible in design and whether big or small, still help you connect with water and relax.  You can make an outdoor fountain or bring some serenity indoors.  The smartpond® Container Fountain Kit gives you the freedom to turn nearly any water-holding container into an easy DIY work of art!

A water feature in a planter works outside as an accent to a yard, or can be a little oasis on a balcony, porch, or even countertop for the apartment dwellers dreaming of ponds.  A water feature in a planter combines the best of both worlds, as it is both a garden and a fountain.  The water feature lives in its own container within the planter, so you can decorate with flowers, a fairy garden, or whatever else you want around it.


What you’ll need:
  • Container Fountain Kit
  • Decorative planter
  • Smaller planter or other container to house the fountain kit (needs to store water)
  • Plants
  • Rocks
  • Soil


1. Choose your planter

Planters are an easy go-to, as they typically come water-ready and can be used indoors or outdoors.  If you find a porous planter for your smaller planter, like terra cotta, you can use a water sealant to use this for your project.  Lowe’s or even your local vintage market will have a wide variety of planters in different shapes and sizes.  The planter will be one of your main focal points.  Make sure it is big enough to hold the smaller planter and all of the plants and other decorations you want to add.


2. Set up your container fountain kit

The container fountain kit is going to sit in the smaller planter or container.  Ideally you want only the water spray to be visible, the inner workings left to the imagination.  The pump comes with three different spray nozzles (trumpet, water spray, and water bell) for you to test.  The fountain itself stands at 6.5 inches, but comes with an extension tube that will make it 9 inches.

Assemble the fountain kit, and place it anywhere you like, making sure it is high enough.  You can add soil or rocks underneath to adjust the smaller planter’s height.  Once you have placed it, add water until it is full 2/3 of the way, and plug the pump in.  Make sure you’re happy with the spray and its visibility.  The spray needs to be contained within the planter, so it doesn’t run out of water and damage the pump.  You can add rocks to help disguise the pump and cord for a more organic look!


3. Start decorating

If you’re happy with the fountain, start filling soil in around it, leaving enough room to dig spots for your plants.  You can get as creative as you want with the plants, keeping in mind the environment and amount of sunlight they will receive.  A combination of taller and shorter plants adds depth and compliments the fountain spray really well.  Once the plants are in place, you can add decorative rocks or pebbles on the surface.

A water feature in a planter is an easy DIY decoration that looks really pretty with the combination of flowers and water.  This project is especially great for those who want to have a water feature like a pond or a big garden, but may be a little pressed for space.  Water features are great to have, the sound of running water is very peaceful and flowers add a pop of nature and color.  You can get as creative with your plants and planter as you want!


Water Feature with Planter

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