How to Build an Outdoor Zen Garden Water Fountain

How to Build an Outdoor Zen Garden Water Fountain

Add to the serenity of any setting with the soothing sounds of a fountain you make yourself! Find project details here: http://low.es/1oXkYQR

The fountain is basically just a base, a ball, and a pump. The pillar base and the ball are both made from concrete. To pour the pillar, place a bucket upside down on your work surface, and lodge a piece of pvc right into the center- the pvc shouldn’t extend more than an inch or two into the bucket, and should be taller than the concrete form.

Place the form over the bucket, and fill it making sure your pvc stays centered. The bucket will create a void in the bottom of the pillar to house the pump for the fountain, and the pvc will provide a path to feed up the tubing for the fountain and that’s the base.

The form for the ball is just a globe for a light fixture. Spray the inside with cooking spray so you get a clean release, and fill the globe all the way up to the base. This gives the ball a flat surface so it will sit nicely on the pillar. Just like you did with the pillar, create a path through the ball. Use another piece of the pvc, with the end taped off and push it all the way down to the other end of the globe. Use some tape to hold it in place. This is a lot easier than trying to drill through the ball later!

Once the base and ball are dry, release them from their forms. You can just tear or cut away the casing on the pillar, but you need to be more careful with the globe. Wrap it in some heavy duty plastic, wear gloves and eye protection, and then tap the globe so it shatters into the plastic for a quick safe cleanup.

Use a dowel to clear away the tape. At the end of the ball, and then trim away the excess pvc. Now you’re ready to assemble the fountain. Prep a hole and place a pan like this in it so the lip is flush with the ground – put a layer of river rock in the pan, place the pump on it, and then surround the pump with more rock With the pillar on it’s side, feed the tubing up through the pvc, then tip the pillar into place over the pump.

Now, feed the tubing up through the ball so you can gauge the length before you trim it back. You want the tubing to come ‘almost’ all the way to the top of the ball.
Seal around the base of the ball with some silicone and once that’s dry — just fill the pan with water, and turn on your fountain. See, it’s that simple!

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50 Comments

  1. Adam Khan on July 18, 2021 at 2:23 am

    ill try some thing like this

  2. rose ballard on July 18, 2021 at 2:24 am

    THIS WAS NOT EASY

  3. ChristineSheree on July 18, 2021 at 2:24 am

    This is sooooo cool!! Can’t wait to show my husband 😍😍 😍…

  4. tan oğuz on July 18, 2021 at 2:24 am

    Very good

  5. Michele on July 18, 2021 at 2:26 am

    What size pump do you get ? What size pvc.?

  6. AdrianJayeOnline on July 18, 2021 at 2:26 am

    sounds great, but all I need to do, is clear the junk outta my garden, mow the yawn, pull out all the weeds, build a deck, then build the zen garden…. bugger it… maybe I’ll give this one a miss πŸ™‚

  7. Lourdes Balandran on July 18, 2021 at 2:29 am

    How do you switch it on? From where?

  8. janet wood on July 18, 2021 at 2:29 am

    I too have to try this…love it…

  9. Betty Houk on July 18, 2021 at 2:31 am

    I can see I am going to have a busy summer, Love πŸ’• this My day starts Just before sun 🌞 up in summer ,that is my zen time, coffee on the patio ,listening to the world 🌎 waking up . Birds sleepily chirping and rustling around getting ready for the adventures of the day. Dora the cat stretching and eyeing the trees 🌲 ..Look out little birds she is on the prowl. Dora is a rescue cat . My daughter and I both had a thought to get a kitten but no kittens were available so we went to Pound and they didn’t have any cats ,except one Dora a 4-5 month old cat and if she wasn’t adopted that day, well you know what that means the next day was her last. ,! So of course we adopted her , she is adorable.!πŸ˜ΊπŸ‘πŸ’•πŸ¦‹πŸŒˆπŸ‘΅πŸ»πŸ˜ΊπŸΆ ( 5 ) dogs and numerous fish even a rescue fish , he/ her was just dying and guy at Pet Smart told my daughter she could have ( old man ) we call him, so we didn’t expect him to live too much longer, his color was all faded , but we had some of his kind of and a day or two he was looking good ,color was coming back. It’s been about three years or so now and old man is still chugging along.. He was lonesome! A little love can do wonders for the soul.πŸ‘πŸ’•πŸ 

  10. Larry Stocks on July 18, 2021 at 2:31 am

    nice!

  11. Twin Sisters on July 18, 2021 at 2:36 am

    What type of cement did you use to make this? I want to know before starting this project

  12. dtexan on July 18, 2021 at 2:36 am

    Oh yes. Wonderful video. I’m doing this. Lowe’s here I come. Thanks

  13. Elizabeth Honey on July 18, 2021 at 2:37 am

    Thank U 4 Sharing😍😍😍

  14. Essay and Speech on July 18, 2021 at 2:37 am

    I want to use different materials so please guide me.
    which concrete mix or mortar mix to use?
    if we want to use portland cement then what ratio of sand and cement to use?
    which sand is the best for this kind of projects?

  15. Desmond Weindorf on July 18, 2021 at 2:38 am

    That’s awesome! Would love to see more garden stuff like this on Darby Smart

  16. Green Life on July 18, 2021 at 2:40 am

    Hi mam.
    super work i really like it …pleas sport my chanal

  17. Nancy Campbell Gibson on July 18, 2021 at 2:41 am

    Wow! I love it.

  18. bonsia trees/seeds and plants for beginners Paton on July 18, 2021 at 2:41 am

    U could of used sent dye

  19. aboutbizness26 on July 18, 2021 at 2:42 am

    Beautiful

  20. Benedetto Bongiovanni on July 18, 2021 at 2:42 am

    ❀️❀️❀️

  21. Kvimaleswary Vimales on July 18, 2021 at 2:44 am

    πŸ˜™πŸ˜™πŸ˜™πŸ˜™super sis.. great idea.

  22. Deborah L Duarte on July 18, 2021 at 2:46 am

    This video was so long ago, I hope Lowe’s answers me. I would like to also create the additional pillars and was wondering if they are solid concrete or do they also have a crevice?

  23. Naveed Ahmed on July 18, 2021 at 2:47 am

    Cool😊😊😊

  24. Mama Gav on July 18, 2021 at 2:48 am

    Π‘ΡƒΠΏΠ΅Ρ€ πŸ‘πŸ˜

  25. Bethesda ECNL 2010 Girls on July 18, 2021 at 2:50 am

    cool

  26. derrick wilson on July 18, 2021 at 2:50 am

    How do you make that wooden patio it looks awesome?

  27. bouhou mohamed on July 18, 2021 at 2:50 am

    cool.ilove this

  28. Mason on July 18, 2021 at 2:52 am

    anyone got the link to build that patio thing the zen fountain is next to??

  29. SNEHA SHITOLE on July 18, 2021 at 2:55 am

    wow very useful

  30. schnookieshull. Hull on July 18, 2021 at 2:55 am

    bad design. not practical if the pump jams. ( which they all do)

  31. Michele on July 18, 2021 at 2:57 am

    Fantastic

  32. Henz on July 18, 2021 at 2:57 am

    Is it alright even if it rains?

  33. judd1157 on July 18, 2021 at 2:58 am

    "How simple is that? " lol. Awesome? yes. Simple? Not really.

  34. Marie Eubanks on July 18, 2021 at 3:00 am

    What size pan did you all use for the rocks?

  35. Karen Lee on July 18, 2021 at 3:07 am

    I suggest using smaller disposable plastic pots on top of each other all the way up the PVC pipe to create a greater volume of air space, and making the column so much lighter weight and easier to move about. "Happy Trails to You…"

  36. NAFIRA CHANNEL on July 18, 2021 at 3:10 am

    Very inspiring πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜

  37. Here We Are with Awilda & Robert on July 18, 2021 at 3:10 am

    I can guarantee you that mine would not come out like that!πŸ˜‚

  38. PRIANSHU RAMBUJOO on July 18, 2021 at 3:11 am

    coooooooooooooooooooooooooooool

  39. Lisa Walters on July 18, 2021 at 3:12 am

    Love this. Great idea!

  40. Jeneen Dove on July 18, 2021 at 3:13 am

    So perfect

  41. Sherri Wagner on July 18, 2021 at 3:14 am

    Where can I find the 8 in globe ? Not at lowes

  42. wael samir on July 18, 2021 at 3:16 am

    good idea

  43. Abraham Araneta on July 18, 2021 at 3:17 am

    Genius work.

  44. S Vazzana on July 18, 2021 at 3:17 am

    Can you add coloring to the cement?

  45. Ray Joe on July 18, 2021 at 3:18 am

    great.

  46. Q Tech HD on July 18, 2021 at 3:18 am

    AMAZING

  47. David Wallace on July 18, 2021 at 3:21 am

    Brilliant idea. Well explained too.

  48. ProfessorMtnWolf on July 18, 2021 at 3:22 am

    Is there a plan set somewhere for the curtain enclosed pergola in the opening image?

  49. trish lee on July 18, 2021 at 3:22 am

    hahah

  50. Rita on July 18, 2021 at 3:22 am

    Really cool. The tutorial makes it so easy. A group from work are going to get together and make this. Love it!

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