Talk about a major #latergram. I know, I know, summer is slowly leaving us but this project is great for those lucky to live in warm climates or it’s also great way to bring some of the outdoors in once the season changes. And before we get all Debbie Downer approaching Labour Day, you never know, Mother Nature could surprise us and give us an extended summer to make up for the Spring we never had.
I woke up one morning and decided that my patio, as lovely as it is, was missing something. It needed the sound of water. So just like that I had a project for the day. I was going to make a little pond in a pot with a fountain. As per most of my great ideas, I usually can’t pull it together in a day and slowly start to lose interest. But I was determined to make this pond in a pot.
I made a few predictable stops looking for small pond pumps but that proved to be unsuccessful and frustrating for an instant gratification person like me. So I ended up ordering this really affordable one from Walmart online and patiently waited for it to arrive. While I was waiting, I started gathering the other materials. Along with the pump you’ll need a pot with no drain hole, then some water greenery, rocks and any other form of nature you like. I happened to go to my cottage after snapping this photo above so you’ll see in the final photos below that I edited some of my selections.
Here’s a tip if your pot is really big – take another planter (or a brick or stone, or any flat surface) and place it at the bottom to take up a bunch of space. I spray painted it black so it would disappear in the water. Or you could also just buy a more shallow and flat pot. Up to you.
Another tip is about the pump. If you don’t have access to mains power outdoors, you can purchase a solar fountain. They’re great because you don’t need to run wires over a long distance, and you’ll also find that they can help you to save energy and money if you choose one over a mains powered pump/fountain.
I would start with placing the pump then just build around it with all your collected treasures.
I already had this guy on my patio and thought that this was the perfect new home for him!
Then fill it up with water, covering the pump, plug’er in and enjoy.
I’m so happy with the final result. It adds the perfect amount of sound when I’m out there enjoying the patio on my own and not distracting at all when people are there. You do have to keep an eye on the water level with the heat as the pump need to be under water and running at all times.