DIY Inexpensive Garden Solar or Birdbath Fountain

(corresponding video)

Searching for idea's for my garden I have always wanted a fountain..
but pricey is an understatement.
(as in one I would love to have.. well, it is in the thousands.. yikes)

That is just not in my garden budget right now.
Searching online I actually saw several different projects using solar fountains
from hummingbird style and so on.      I thought it might be fun to try to make
one that could double as a planter since they were quite inexpensive I decided
to give it a try.

I searched online for a floating solar fountain, and ordered this one.

Then I got 2 different sized pots and I got started on this simple project.
I chose pots that had optional drain holes and I used a 12 inch and 15 inch sized pot.

These pots were fairly inexpesive as well and I just used a screw driver to pop out the drain holes
in the larger pot since I knew I wanted to use it as a planter so it would need drainage.
(I didn't want drain holes for the smaller pot since it will be used to hold water for the fountain)

I simply placed a larger rock in the bigger pot to give it some weight and fill up some of the space,
and then added in my potting soil.

I placed the smaller pot in the center to get an idea of my space for flowers, then I took it
off and I just used my hands to dig small holes, place a small amount of my starter fertilizer  in each hole and simply planted pansies evenly spaced around the edge of the larger pot.

I placed the smaller pot back in the center, watered in my flowers,
and put the 'fountain planter' where I wanted it
in the yard and filled the top pot with water.
Then simply added my solar fountain.

The solar fountain actually came with several tip options for different water sprays, so I tried
a few before deciding on one.

I was actually very impressed with how cute it is and how well it really works.

I also placed it in my bird bath to see what I thought of it there.

I have had this for a couple weeks now and here is my honest opinion of it:

Pro's: It seems to work great as long as the sun is shining on it.  😉
It is inexpensive, and can be used in several types of planters, pots, bird baths, etc.

Cons: It does tend to spray a lot of water out of the pot so I do have to refill it
fairly often.   If it were in a larger circumference pot it would probably not have to be
refilled so often as the water would land back into the reservoir instead of outside of it.

My overall opinion:  For the price, this item is a fun addition to the garden and I am considering
possibly ordering a second one to keep in the birdbath as well.   I can't speak to the longevity as
I have only been using it a couple weeks, but so far so good.

*** UPDATE:  *** 
I have had this fountain for a couple months now and it is still working
 I had a message from a reader that if you remove the tips from the fountain it trickles out
instead of losing so much water so I did just that to try it out, and I love it even more.
It works perfectly and doesn't spray out so high, therefore I do not have to refill my "fountain" very often at all now!   Such a fun an inexpensive item for the garden.
Also something else I have noticed that it does start to slow down from time to time
so I checked it out and it actually gets a little green underneath it, so I just spray off the under side of the fountain with my garden hose to get the yuck off and then it is back to normal!
So happy with this fountain!

- TinaH

Solar Fountain found HERE or HERE
Bio-tone Starter Fertilizer found here 

I also made a short video of how I made this fountain,
if you'd like to check it out you can find it HERE

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  1. I had the same experience. Thank you for articulating it so well. 😊

  2. Thanks. I’ve been debating about this purchase. Going to try it now!!!!

  3. Remove what? Where are the tips?
    I love this!!!


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