The peaceful sound of a babbling brook or a softly falling waterfall can have immediate calming effects on our bodies, minds, and souls. Even if you don’t live near naturally flowing water or in a forest glen with these calming sounds, you can create your own waterfall oasis by either purchasing pricey manufactured fountains and waterfalls or by making your own at home. It’s amazing what you can do by gathering a few tools and referencing these DIY water feature ideas – you’ll soon be basking in your own spa-like garden, bedroom, or living area.
You may have some of the resources you need tucked away in your basement or garage to create your own zen space. That’s the best part about these DIY water feature ideas; if you have empty pots, basins, extra river rock, lying around from past projects you can easily put them to use and turn them into a soothing oasis that not only sounds pleasant but is also a nice accent to your outdoor patio or indoor space.
With a little bit of time and some items gathered from this DIY water feature ideas list, you’ll be on your way to spa-like bliss after you just add water!
1. Simple Potted Bubble Fountain
Few things are more soothing than the sound of a simple fountain, so consider this simple bubbler made of two textured pots, the smaller one set within the other, tubing, gravel and a pump. The water bubbles up and falls down. After a stressful day pull up a chair by this fountain and enjoy a tall glass of iced tea.
2. Rustic Window Pane Falling Water Feature
Keep cool with this unusual water feature is made of an old window pane fitted at the top with a perforated tube. The falling water resembles corrugated glass except you can put their hands through it and the sensation of cool, falling water provides pleasure for kids of all ages. Install uplights in the gravel-filled reservoir at the bottom to illuminate the wall of water at night.
3. Tippy Tea Pot and Wooden Barrel Fountain
The is one of those whimsical water features that will make a visitor wonder how it was done. You may even wonder how it was done after you install it. In this fountain, water pours through an old repurposed teapot into a shallow bowl, then into a barrel. Plant hostas and arrange pots of bizzie lizzies around this feature to make this corner of the garden the place to be.
4. Beautiful Bamboo Trickling Waterfall Basin
Influenced by the simple fountains found in Japanese gardens, this water feature uses a length of bamboo supported on two narrower lengths of bamboo to gently trickle water into a ceramic basin filled with gravel. Placed near a matching ceramic pot filled with juniper, this fountain surrounds itself with a zone of peace that you and your friends and family will visit again and again.
5. Underground Water System Fountain
This buried fountain takes a bit of work to set up, but once it is installed and working it will be an irresistible lure to family and friends. It is a simple fountain in the center of a bed of river stones. Make it even lovelier by planting ornamental grasses, prostrate shrubs, small boulders and the pastel-colored flowers of your choice.
6. Overflowing Ceramic Pot Fountain
Dramatic but simple, the water in this fountain leaps up from the spigot and bubbles in a big glazed ceramic pot before it overflows. The water hugs the outside of the pot before it disappears into the gravel reservoir, and running your fingers over the pot brings the tactile pleasure of cool water and smooth ceramic. This fountain is bound to be the focal point of your garden.
7. Pretty Little Pail Fountain
The water in this fountain burbles up from a little pot that is filled with gravel and is quite easy to assemble. One nice touch is to add bits of sea glass among the gravel for little pops of color. For balance, place the pot in the garden next to a plant in a glazed, ceramic pot.
8. Mini Oasis with Waterfall Water Feature
Relax to the sound of a small waterfall in your garden. You create this one of tiers of rough-hewn stone built around a reservoir with a long “keystone” used for water distribution. Soften the fountain’s stones by planting prostrate plants around them as well as brightly colored flowers such as chrysanthemums, zinnias, and lazy susans.
9. Nested Ceramic Pots with Fountain Feature
Doesn’t blue glaze around the tops of these ceramic pots makes you think of water? When you install this water feature, the real water spouts from the smaller pot and overflows into the larger one, which is filled with colorful gravel. Place this fountain on the patio or deck as well as the garden.
10. Cascading Copper Wall Waterfall
Use a simple sheet of copper to assemble this attention-getting fountain. Like the other water wall, the water flows down it from a perforated pipe into a reservoir. The simplicity of this water feature refreshes the eye if your garden is especially busy, and it can serve as a focal point if your lawn is unadorned.