Ken Wingard shows how to make our gardens gorgeous with a mini–DIY Fountain.


  • Fountain pump - 3ft pump lift
  • Spigot
  • ½” barbed hose adapter, or size that fits your needs
  • ½” rubber tubing, or size that fits your needs
  • Reclaimed wooden board cut to 36”h
  • ½” mdf cut to
    • Width of board x 10”
    • 5” right triangle
  • Galvanized steel tub
  • Heavy-duty scissors
  • Drill
  • ¾” screws
  • 1” Forstner bit.
  • Water plants
  • Potted plants
  • Saw


  • Outdoor extension cord


  1. Cut the wood to size. The straight cuts can be done for you at your local hardware store if desired.
  2. Mark then drill through the reclaimed wood board where you want the spigot to go. Use the 1” Forstner bit.
  3. Attach the triangle to the center of the MDF board from the bottom up with screws.
  4. Attach the spigot to the board with screws.
  5. Screw the ½” barbed adapter onto the back of the spigot.
  6. Attach one end of the tubing onto the spigot adapter and the other onto the pump’s barb. PRO TIP: Do not turn the pump on outside of water; it will break or cause later malfunction.
  7. Assemble the fountain in place. Place the galvanized tub with the wood board behind, fill the tub up then place the pump in.
  8. To disguise the tube, place plants into and around the fountain.
  9. Plug the fountain pump in and enjoy! PRO TIP: If you don’t have a close enough plug, use an outdoor extension cord.
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