Make these up-cycled water fountains for the backyard!

Make these up-cycled water fountains for the backyard! From wine bottles, sinks, galvanized tubs and more, here's how to make a few...

Make these up-cycled water fountains for the backyard!

When I was down south last summer for the World’s Longest Yard Sale, I came upon this quirky wine bottle water fountain during our junk hunts.

I smiled, questioned the gent about where he got it from, in which he proudly replied, “I made it!”

Knowing how popular it’s become on social media after I showed it around, I wish I had sat him down to write full instructions!

But it sure is cool, huh?

Here’s a few other up-cycled water fountains that would look amazing in any backyard! Which style is your favorite?

Up-cycled water fountains for the backyard


Old kettle water fountain by Julee S on Hometalk, featured on

Kettle pouring into barrel


Kettle water fountain by Julee S on HomeTalk

… old kettles are! When I spotted this cool fountain idea, I knew I had to get it over with and make myself a water feature of some sort.

So why do I want to make a water fountain? 

Once upon a time 2 houses ago, we had a pond in our backyard. It was amazing. If you sat beside it, you felt like you were at the lake or something. It was stocked with fish, waterplants, the works. BUT… it was a whole lotta work.

But a fountain doesn’t appear to be nearly the work load. And if you desire to close it down for the winter, you can unplug and drain. I like that.

Now know, I’ve never made a water fountain before. But I figure with the right water fountain kit, guidance and junk combined, it shouldn’t be too hard, should it?

Here are a few other junky ones that totally inspired me…

Old kettle water fountain on Hometalk, featured on

Kettle pouring into a dish


Old kettle fountain by Namaws on HomeTalk

This is cool, the barrel has layered junk inside so you don’t really need anything too special. I have that old kettle!

Old sink water fountain by Old Fairfield Home and Garden, featured on

Vintage sink water fountain


Old sink water fountain by Old Fairfield Home and Garden

Isn’t this old sink fabulous?! More pictures on the site! I adore this so much.

Pouring clay pot water fountain, by Aquascape Inc., featured on

Old clay pot water fountain


Old pot fountain by Aquascape on HomeTalk

I do love this big old tipped pot.

Water fountain clipboard on Hometalk, featured on

I also have a HomeTalk Clipboard of water fountain inspiration HERE.

Now my brain’s on overdrive. Lemme see…

I envision an old clawfoot tub in the middle of a flower bed as a super easy pond… that drains! Ack! I like that.

An old sink that leaks? Cool…

Just… no toilets sprouting leaks. No thanks.

You can bet I shall be hunting for just the right thing!

Do you have a water feature in your yard? Is it a lot of upkeep?

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61 thoughts on “Make these up-cycled water fountains for the backyard!

  1. Yes….keep it filled, so keep an eye on the water level. Consider an anti- algea product which can safely be added to the water without harm to birds or fish. It saves your pump and spares you the green gunk. And do check out solar powered pumps. I adored ours because it meant self monitoring…which was great for a forgetful gal like me!

  2. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!! My son is 4 years old and has been diagnosed with autism. Every time we would visit my grandpa at the nursing home, my son wanted to sit out by the pond & water fountain. He LOVED watching it! I have been thinking of making one this summer for our backyard, and I really have been inspired by this post! I’m eager to see what you create!!!

  3. I too love waterfalls. I saw one at a Homes and Garden show that I fell in love with. It had an old kettle at the top draining on vintage, rusty items on a chain into an old bucket. Always wanted to try it.

  4. Do you remember the name of the guy you got the inspiration fountain from?! My mom would LOVE that for her upcoming 50th!

  5. I’m from the phil, and I really like your ideas. My friends are planning to put up a junkanese garden someday.

  6. I’ve got some rocks .I’m ‘doing’ the garden. I’ve got a small space to fill.I’m gonna do a rockery with a water feature.

  7. I am in the process of making a fountain in a clawfoot bathtub. Getting ready to clean the outside, because it is rusted really bad. Trying to find some old used faucets that are still in good shape. Loved this page!

  8. I love your ideas for recycle, re-use and re-purposing old items and make them new again or at least serving a different purpose!!

  9. You are so talented!!! If we could truely pick our neighbors, I’d want you living next door.
    you present things to be understood. You’re friendly by sharing what you find, and giving us weekend crafters and diy’ers understandable and complete instruction. Thank you. You’ve certainly inspired me to dust off my craft and work tools and find a project and go for it.

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