DIY Solar Fountain with Planter, How to Make a Solar Water Fountain


Does anyone else find the sound of running water soothing?

It was a childhood dream of mine to have a babbling brook in my yard like Anne of Green Gables. (Our neighborhood has a stream, so we were close!) I’d still love to have some flowing water in the yard, if the budget allowed it.

I first saw the idea for a DIY solar fountain over at The Interior Frugalista.  The fountain part was surprisingly affordable, so I was inspired to make a version of my own for the backyard!

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The fountain I put together is a tiered solar fountain with a flower planter on the lower level! Post may contain affiliate links.

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Luckily, I found two large flower pots on summer clearance at Lowe’s…Score!  I picked up a large one for the base and a slightly smaller one to make the fountain.

 Create a DIY solar fountain planter for the garden using flower pots

First, punch out the round circles in the larger pot to create drainage holes. Do this just for the large bottom pot. We want the top one to hold water for the fountain.

Diy solar fountain, Punch the drainage holrs for the bottom pot only.

Next, place the base in and check it is level. I had an old rubber storage container with ripped handles that I placed in upside down to use as the base to stack the pots. A five gallon bucket would work great for this purpose also!

Building the diy solar fountain planter

Then, fill the surrounding empty space with potting soil and add flowers. I planted white petunias because they like full sun and trail out as they grow.

Add potting soil and flowers to the lower level to create DIY solar Fountain planter

Next, place the top pot onto the base and fill it with water. We filled it to the top with our big watering can.

After I placed the solar fountain in the water, I saw it definitely needed to be stabilized in the middle to keep the water in.

I used a wire hanger I cut with wire cutters, thinking it would work find to keep the fountain centered. I inserted four straight pieces into the foam base of the fountain in a cross pattern to hold the fountain right in the center of the water.

Cut a wire hanger to anchor solar fountain

Unfortunately, the wire hanger began rusting after a couple weeks. I was worried the rust in the water would shorten the life of the fountain. So, after awhile I tried sturdy bamboo skewer sticks inserted the same way, and that has been working perfectly!

Use wire or skewers inserted into the base to keep the fountain centered in the water.

I’m sure there is also wire out there that doesn’t rust in water!

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Anchoring it in the middle really minimized water loss. However, on a windy day water will still blow out just like with any fountain. I add another watering can of water once or twice a week to keep it full.

When it’s filled to the tippy top, water spills out very easily. I find it loses water way less often when it is about three quarters full, since a lot of the splashing as the water lands or the wind blows will stay within the pot.

The fountain also comes with a suction cup. This gives the option of anchoring the fountain to a more shallow basin like a birdfeeder. I am hoping to find the perfect bowl that will fit inside my top pot to try it out as a bird fountain!

This little diy solar fountain really works splendidly as long as there is some sun out.

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It even has a backup battery that keeps it going for awhile after the sun disappears!

 

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If you love the sound of splashing water like I do, or want to add a fun ornament to your garden on a budget, try out a solar fountain!

If you love solar yard projects, check out these solar mason jar lanterns, or this solar chandelier!

 


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2 thoughts on “DIY Solar Fountain with Planter, How to Make a Solar Water Fountain

  • L J

    Thank you for this tutorial on your simple fountain planter, however, I have more questions after reading it than I had before!
    What do you do about the holes at the base of the planter? (as most planters come with drainage holes) Have you filled them in?
    You refer to the ‘foam base of the fountain’ – what foam base? Even looking at the Amazon link to the fountain used, it doesn’t mention a foam base. Could you explain where this is? What does it look like?
    Also, you mentioned affixing the fountain using bamboo skewers, but how? Aside from being to see a glimpse of this on one of your photos this isn’t clear.
    Are you able to respond to my questions so that I’m able to have a go at one of these myself, I’d be very appreciative.
    Thank you 😄

    • Joyeliz57 Post author

      Hello!

      Thanks for your comment! I will go outside to add a photo today of the underside of the fountain to my post so the “foam base” makes more sense! I took the photos months ago, and I always seem to take too few pictures when I get in the middle of a project! There is a foam ring around the outer base of the fountain, that makes the fountain float in water.
      The pots I purchased at Lowes require you to “punch out” the holes with a punch or screw driver. I simply didn’t punch the holes on the smaller pot. I did punch the holes for the larger pot to allow drainage for the flowers. I hope this helps a bit!