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How to Make a Fountain Using a Terracotta Planter

How to Make a Fountain Using a Terracotta Planter

Fountains are the perfect decoration.  The sound and movement of the water lulls you into relaxation, and diverts your attention away from worries or stress.  The smartpond® Container Fountain Kit allows you to make a beautiful fountain out of nearly anything that can hold water.  Planters are an easy go-to because they come in many different shapes, styles, and sizes.  You can make a great container fountain out of a terracotta planter, which are cost effective and easy to find.  Terracotta is a common clay pot used for planting.  You can use a plain planter for a natural feel, or use one with a fancy shape or fun design.  A terracotta fountain is an easy and affordable DIY water feature.
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How to Build a 3-Tier Fountain

How to Build a 3-Tier Fountain

Looking for a DIY water feature to liven up a patio, office, or living space?  A tiered fountain is a classic water feature that adds instant sophistication and liveliness.  A 3-tier water fountain is an easy do-it-yourself project, the hardest part is choosing your water basins!  Tiered fountains sound soothing, the flowing water is relaxing and peaceful.  A DIY 3-tiered fountain is an affordable and elegant water feature that is easy to set up.  
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Fall Pond Decor

Fall Pond Decor

Fall décor is incredibly versatile.  Traditional fall palettes mimic the natural colors of the changing leaves with deep and rich reds, oranges, browns, and yellows.  These colors work well with a rustic theme, making it easy to up-cycle.  Everyday worn or antique items can be strategic decorative pieces, fitted together to tell a story.  You can also play up Halloween and use brighter oranges or spooky themes.  Fall decor tends to blend elements from nature, using pine cones, leaves, and pumpkins as accents.  Your pond can easily be turned into a decorative focal point with a few decorations, incorporating nature with seasonal trends. Read More

How to Build a Bowl Fountain

How to Build a Bowl Fountain

Do you have a statement bowl that you want to incorporate into your garden or patio? Add some rocks and running water, and you have a water feature!  Fountains turn any water-holding container into a work of art.  Fountains look incredibly complex, but can be super easy to make.  Even a small fountain will give you the wonderful sense of serenity that only the sound of flowing water can create.   Read More

Complete an Outdoor Project While There Is Still Time

Complete an Outdoor Project While There Is Still Time

Summer is flying by, and fall will be here before you know it!  The official start of fall is September 22nd, the fall equinox. Depending on where you live, the weather might start cooling before then. Fall is usually a favorite time of the year; the changing leaves are beautiful and the weather is perfect for taking long walks outside.  Summer is arguably the best time of year to do outdoor projects because the ground is soft, the weather is warm, and you have some time to enjoy your projects before having to prepare for winter. Read More

Vortex Fountain

How to Build a Vortex Fountain

Watching a vortex fountain has the similar calming effect as going through a carwash or watching your clothes spin at the laundromat. The vortex fountain creates an endless cyclone in the water.  The water twists magically, spilling over to create beautiful music.  This fountain can be used indoors or outdoors, making a beautiful addition to a patio or even an office.  The vortex creates a mesmerizing and calming atmosphere. The vortex fountain looks complex and expensive, but is actually an easy DIY project that will impress your guests. Read More

Make Your Own Wine Fountain

Make Your Own Wine Fountain

The best way to end a stressful day?  Drinking a glass of wine and reading a good book, while listening to the bubbling flow of your wine fountain!  Wine fountains are an elegant decoration that will blow your guests away!  This DIY project will create an indoor fountain that is sure to stir up great conversation.  There are a couple towns in Italy, and one in Spain, that have a fontana di vino, or wine fountain.  Abruzzo, Italy is known for its Montepulciano red wine grapes.  Abruzzo set up a fontana di vino that offers free, local, red wine 24 hours a day!  Trip to Italy anyone? Read More

How to Make a Spitter Fountain - Version 3

How to Build a Fountain Using a Pond Spitter

Pond spitters are a versatile water feature to add to a garden.  They’re easy to install and can bring a lot of personality and style into your backyard.  Pond spitters add aeration and ambient noise. Spitters can sit on the edge of a pond and playfully “spit” water into the pond or you can turn them into a standalone fountain using a planter!   Read More

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! Read More