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Solar Plant Pot Water Fountain In Under 15 Minutes

Have you longed to have a water feature in your yard but the price of buying one scares you off? Always determined that a tight budget should not deter us from having those things that give us joy, I came up with a way to get that water feature without breaking the bank. Bonus, it's super easy and can be made in less than 15-minutes.

Solar Plant Pot Water Fountain

All it takes to build one are these supplies...

DIY Plant Pot Fountain Supplies
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Solar Plant Pot Water Fountain In Under 15 Minutes


What you need to build one

  • 2 plastic or glazed plant pots
  • 1 plastic or glazed flower pot saucer
  • 1 plastic pail
  • River rocks
  • Solar Power Bird Bath Fountain Pump

We found the pots on clearance for $35.00 for the pair and the solar pump cost just under $19, so for less than $50, we have a pretty darn cute water feature in our front yard. I love that we don't have to run electrical cords that are a hazard when cutting the grass nor do we have an unsightly solar panel in the garden. Drop and go and let the sun do the work!

When I came across this new style of Solar Power Bird Bath Fountain Pump I had to have one. It comes with four different spray nozzles too. 


When it arrived in our mail box I just had to head outside and build the fountain. Even though Mr. Rexy ran for cover under the potting bench, I wasn't letting a little rain stop me from completing my mission for the day.
Building A Solar Fountain With Flower Pots
Now let me show you in eight easy steps how easy it is to make this Plant Pot Water Fountain.

Step 1 - Level the ground

We used a broken paving stone for the fountain to sit on to keep it off the dirt. With a garden hoe, we made sure the soil was level underneath.
Solar Plant Pot Fountain Stone Base

Step 2 - Base Flower Pot

Set the largest pot on top of the leveled stone.
Base Pot for Solar Plant Pot Water Fountain

Step 3 - Garden Pail Riser

Insert a large pail (or whatever you have on hand) into the large base pot.
Makeshift Riser For DIY Solar Plant Pot Fountain

Step 4 - Flower Pot Saucer For Second Pot

We already had this large plastic flower pot saucer on hand that just happened to be the perfect size to cover the top of the bottom pot. Unfortunately, the lip on the saucer made it too large to fit in the opening so we cut the lip off and it fit perfect.
Flower Pot Saucer Base for DIY Water Fountain

Step 5 - Stack Second Flower Pot

Stack the smaller flower pot in the center and fill the saucer with river rocks.
Assembled DIY Solar Flower Pot Fountain

Step 6 - Fill Top Pot With Water

Fill the top flower pot with water.
DIY Solar Flower Pot Water Fountain filled with water

Step 7 - Add The Solar Pump

Like I said earlier in this post, drop and go and let the solar panel do the work.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The fountain must be situated in a sunny location

Because the pump doesn't have a traditional solar panel with a rechargeable battery, the fountain must have direct sun on the panel to work. If you are looking for a fountain that will run on cloudy days as well as into the evening hours, this is not the pump for you. 
Bird Bath Solar Pump In DIY Plant Pot Water Fountain

Step 8 - Keeping The Solar Pump Centered

Now you may be wondering what those four galvanized wires are about. You can skip this step but you'll most likely run out of water in the top pot.

To keep the solar pump centered so the spray doesn't land outside of the top pot and onto the ground below, insert galvanized wires into the foam floatations on the pump. Cut the wires to fit the depth from the pump to the sides of the pot. 
Floating Solar Pump Wire Center Supports for Plant Pot Fountain

That's it folks, doesn't get much easier than that and look how lovely this looks in our front flower bed.

Solar DIY Flower Pot Water Fountain

If my easy peasy Solar Plant Pot Water Fountain has inspired you to build your own water feature, please share it with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.

Solar Plant Pot Water Fountain In Under 15 Minutes
This isn't my first DIY Flower Pot Water Fountain rodeo. Back in 2013, I built one for our back yard and it has been one of the most popular posts on the blog. You can find it here in my post How To Turn Plant Pots Into A Water Fountain.

If you want to get real fancy schmancy and know your way around power tools, here is another water feature alternative for a deck, patio, or balcony. This is the most popular post on the blog and you can find it here at DIY Patio Water Wall.

Have you ever made a water feature for your yard? After reading this post, would you consider making one? I'd love to hear about it in the comment section below.

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