Solar Plant Pot Water Fountain In Under 15 Minutes

Have you been yearning for a water feature in your yard that won't break the bank? Determined that a tight budget would not deter us from having a water feature in our front flower bed, I came up with a budget-friendly option. The great thing about this DIY water feature is that it's super easy to make and doesn't require a power source. Plus, you can be enjoying your Solar Plant Pot Water Fountain within fifteen minutes.

DIY Tiered Flower Pot Solar Fountain in under 15 minutes!

15 Minute DIY Solar Plant Pot Water Fountain

You'll need two large flower pots, one larger than the other. You may have the perfect flower pots already on hand which would make this a water feature for under $20. But if you're like me and need to purchase pots, plastic, resin, or glazed pots work well. We made our fountain for under $50 because I found the resin pots on sale for $35.

Solar Plant Pot Water Fountain

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DIY Plant Pot Water Fountain Supplies

The inspiration for my DIY water fountain was these solar power bird bath water pumps and I just had to have one. It comes with four different spray nozzle heads so you can decide what type of spray you'd like to have for your fountain.

What you need to make the solar fountain

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

I love that we don't have to run unsightly electrical cords to the house to run our fountain nor is there a need for a solar panel planted in the flower bed. Just drop and go and let the sun do the work!

If you can't find any large flower pots locally, here are a couple that I found online that would work.


When our solar pump arrived on our doorstep it was raining outside. I couldn't wait to get started so while Mr. Rex ran for cover under the potting bench, I got to work building the fountain.

DIY Water Fountain Idea

How to make the solar plant pot water fountain

Below are the eight easy steps to making the solar plant pot water fountain that you'll be enjoying within fifteen minutes.

Step 1 - Level the ground

We used a broken paving stone to set the fountain on to keep it off the dirt. We leveled the ground with a garden hoe first.

Easy DIY Water Fountain

Step 2 - Base flower pot

Set the largest pot on top of the stone.

Budget-Friendly DIY Water Fountain

Step 3 - Tiered plant pot riser 

Insert a large pail (or whatever you have on hand) into the bottom pot.

DIY Solar Water Fountain

Step 4 - Base for second flower pot 

You will need a large saucer for the second pot to sit on. We already had this large plastic 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 a little too big to fit the opening so we trimmed it.

DIY Flower Pot Water Fountain

Step 5 - Stack the second flower pot

Stack the smaller flower pot in the center and fill the saucer with river rocks.

15 Minute DIY Water Fountain

Step 6 - Fill the top flower pot with water

If your top flower pot has a drainage hole, it will need to be sealed so the water doesn't drain out the pot. One option is to place a tile over the hole and secure it with silicone. Run a bead of silicone all around the edge of the tile as well to ensure a tight seal. Let the silicone cure for at least 24 hours before filling the top flower pot with water.

DIY Solar Tiered Flower Pot Water Fountain

Step 7 - Add the solar pump

Drop and go and let the solar panel do the work!


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 the direct sun to work. If you are looking for a fountain that will run on cloudy days and after dusk then you will want to use a water pump with a rechargeable solar panel.

Solar Plant Pot Water Fountain DIY

Step 8 - How to keep the solar pump in the center of the flower pot

Now you may be wondering what those four galvanized wires are about. Because the pump floats on top of the water if it moves towards the edge of the pot, the spray will flow over the pot and drain the water more rapidly from the flower pot.

Here's a tip for keeping the solar pump centered so the spray lands back inside the flower pot. Insert galvanized wires into the foam floatations on the pump. Cut the wires to fit the distance from the pump to the sides of the pot.

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


The water will evaporate, especially on hot days. You must check the water level in the top flower pot regularly and fill as necessary.

Solar Powered Stacked Flower Pot Fountain DIY

We made an electrically powered option for our back yard flower bed and you can find it here in my DIY Plant Pot Water Fountain post.

But if you want to get real fancy-schmancy and know your way around power tools, we build this amazing DIY Water Wall for our deck which also acts as a privacy screen.

Do you have a DIY water feature in your garden? I'd love to hear about it in the comment section below.

If you have any questions about this easy peasy solar water fountain, please leave them in the comment section below or the Contact Me tab at the top. I love hearing from you!

If you enjoyed this DIY Water Feature idea, I'd be so thankful if you shared it with a friend and pinned it to your Outdoor Water Feature board on Pinterest.

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  1. This is so cool!! I didn't even know there was such a thing as a solar water pump. That's amazing. You did a beautiful job. Pinning! :)

    1. Thank you Jennifer, we love our easy peasy solar water fountain!

  2. That is really pretty and it does sound nice and easy to make! Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Summer Fun party. Pinned.

    1. Oh it really is easy to make and if you already have the flower pots, super inexpensive too.

  3. Great idea! Would love to make this... what size pots did you use?

    1. I used the largest flower pot I could find at the home improvement store that had more than one size matching pot. It's a pretty standard large flower pot. Any size larger flower pot would work to make this.

  4. What a fun project! I've always wanted a water feature in my yard! This will be one of my features on Monday for the Summer Fun Link Party!

    1. I'm glad you like my solar water feature Roseann and thank you so much for featuring it in the fun linky party you co-hosted! Appreciate that you all provided a platform for us to share our summer projects. xo

  5. I love that this runs on solar polar and no need for electricity. I'll have to show this to the hubby and see if can find a place for a fountain.

    1. Glad you like the solar function of our fountain, Erlene. Only downside is because the fountain doesn't have a rechargeable battery panel, it will not run on a cloudy day.

  6. I am going to make this this coming week. It can't be any simpler to make. Thanks for posting this

    1. Yes, it is so super easy to make. Have fun making your water fountain!

  7. I've wanted a water feature for a while, and I think I could tackle this one! Great project!

    1. You definitely could, Jeanne! It's important to note that the type of pump I used only works when the sun is out. If you want a solar powered fountain that works rain or shine, you'll need a rechargeable style that comes with a small solar panel that you stick in the flower bed. Enjoy your water fountain!

  8. Lovely!

    How do you keep the water from just draining out of the bottom of the flower pots?

    1. There is no hole on the bottom of the top pot, which is where the water is. If your top flower pot has a drainage hole, you'll need to plug it with something like a tile siliconed in place. I hope this helps.

  9. I would like to make something similar using an approx. 30 inch tall pot with a 16 inch diameter opening at the top. It would sit in decomposed granite bed where I keep other containered plants. This pot has no drainage hole. I was hoping to just fill it up part way with rock, then water and put the floating solar fountain on top. I would use the spout attachment that creates the least amount of spray so I don't have to refill the pot as often. Would this work? Thank you

  10. Absolutely! As long as your flower pot doesn't leak and there is enough water on top of the rocks, you're good to go!

  11. Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

  12. Hi. How do you keep the solar pump centered? Could you provide pictures how to do that? Thanks.

    1. If you look at Step 8 above, I provided two pictures as well as detailed instructions on how to center the solar pump. If you have any further questions, press the contact me tab at the top and I'd be happy to answer them.


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