Nothing creates a more beautiful and relaxing garden than the perfect balance of elements. Be it the eastern philosophy of feng shui or more contemporary approach to design that takes about living closer to nature, water is an essential part of this delicate balance. And a DIY water feature, like the one below, is the perfect way to give your garden this amazing facelift. A water feature is not about aesthetics alone. Its acoustics also help in shaping a more calming, serene backyard. From the spectacular to the eco-friendly, this is a collection of the 25 best DIY water features –
DIY Water Features for Small Gardens
We start off with something as simple and small as the backyard pond in a barrel! Few small DIY water features are as gorgeous and easy to craft as this one. All you need here is a barrel that you have in the garage somewhere, a bit of greenery and of course a pump to get the job done. A smart and easy start for a cool garden makeover!
Another idea that is as beautiful as the pond in a barrel but a bit more contemporary is one of the small pond in the wooden box. This is an idea that is perfect for the modern garden and with the right base of soil and sand along with water, your tiny little pond makes a big visual impact.
A couple of ceramic bowls, some stones and a fountain of water at the heart of it all, this is arguably the simplest and most elegant of all the tiny garden features. Unlike the ponds above, this water feature is far more dynamic and one that will have the little ones in the house jumping up and down in joy as well. A cute idea that costs next to nothing!
We love how clever crafters are turning pretty much any container they can find into a water feature for the garden. An old metallic container brings that rustic beauty with it as well and with a few floating flowers and greenery, the water feature can be placed pretty much anywhere with ease. Adding freshness and color to the garden, this tiny addition packs quite a punch!
Minimal and slim, this wooden water fountain can be the central focal point of your garden with ease. It looks both classic and modern at the same time. If you are inventive enough to add a little statue at the top, then things become even better. Even otherwise, this is a water feature that stands tall and commands ample attention.
Turning the vintage bathtub into a pond is not much of an ordeal and adding a touch of greenery to it makes for a dashing garden makeover. Vintage bathtubs are also a hot trend at the moment and this makes it an even better addition to the beautiful urban garden. Get more details and the entire guide from Empress of Dirt.
Colorful, bold and yet full of rustic panache, the Gazing ball bubbler fountain DIY feels both vivacious and understated at the same time. The bright ball is undoubtedly the piece that draws your eye but the stones and metallic tubs also make a smart impact.
A rubber hose, stones and a couple of PVC pots are all you need to create this awesome DIY Tiered Water Fountain that is super-easy to craft. Stack the pots and get going right away!
Planet-Friendly DIY Water Features
We love the idea of water features that take it easy o the planet and help with recycling and reuse to a certain degree. These smart DIYs also cut down on making costs and the galvanized water trough pond is definitely one for this amazing collection. Again, a stoic addition that grows in beauty with time and care, it is perfect for those reflective evenings in the garden.
Nothing says organic and Asian-style like bamboo and the small bamboo water feature epitomizes this perfectly. This tiny fountain of water uses stones, pots and bamboo along with anything else that you can easily find in the garden itself.
The Flower pot fountain comes in many variants and once you have basics down, you can put your own custom twist on it with ease. This one uses two simple flower pots in clay and this is a compact water feature that looks as good in the traditional entryway as it does in the tranquil garden!
If you are a green addict to the core, then few projects would be as gratifying as the DIY solar water fountain. Relying on clean solar energy to power the pump and with upcycling benefits, this smart green niche in the garden only makes it even more charming. Just hook it up to a few photovoltainc panels and you are good to go!
Few DIY garden water features are as dramatic, unique and outstanding as the one that uses a water canoe here. The bright orange of the canoe makes it even more enchanting and stylish. Of course, we are not suggesting that you start hunting for one right away. But the idea shows that pretty much anything in you garage that is wasting away in the corner can be reused with ease.
Who knew that the old watering cans that we were constantly throwing away would come in so handy down the line! The striking and artistic watering cans feature that you see here keeps the planet clean while turning the bland garden wall into a sculptural masterpiece.
One of the things that we like to remind you before you start planning for an awesome water feature in the garden is the time that it needs to grow into the setting. Take the imaginative teapot fountain that you see below for instance. The landscape around it was curated and cultured and over the span of an year, you can see the brilliant, flowery result! Patience is definitely a virtue here.
This one is similar to the watering cans wall water feature that we shared with you above. But what you get here is a bot more of engineering mastery with some pipes added to the mix. A buckets and taps give it even more whimsical charm!
Innovative DIYs for Every Garden
If you want a water fountain that feels more like a natural geyser, then DIY Disappearing water fountain meets your needs perfectly. It is the absence of too many frills and its understated presence that gives beauty to the garden and does so without forcing you to do too much.
Now many among us dare to create a water wall and generally tend to god own the route of a water fountain or even a calming pond in the garden. But in the urban setting where space is limited and a fountain is not always possible, this classy and sophisticated DIY water wall comes to your rescue. Yes, this DIY demands more time and effort. But as you will notice, the result is well worth it all!
Once again a rustic beauty that uses wooden barrels, this smart water feature is for those who wish to create a beautiful focal point in the garden without spending a fortune. Always add a few flowering plants around the water source to make it even more pleasant.
Bored with the usual? Then the DIY copper rain chain is the ideal water feature for you and it is so slim and smart that you will never have to space more than a square foot or two for it. Metallic dazzle combined with the gushing sound of water makes it an instant showstopper.
The stacked stone waterfall is my personal favorite as it is simple and has a certain whimsical appeal that takes us back to simpler days of childhood. You can obviously use any other material for the job, but we do like the use of random stones neatly stacked up.
Another fountain that can be crafted using pots of various shapes, sizes and materials, the bubble fountain looks as good indoors as it does outside. You can get the detailed DIY guide along with information on everything you need for this fountain from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.
This is a water fountain that just seems so very grand because of the aesthetic beauty it exudes and the overall nature of design around it. The overflowing water fountain is a hit in most gardens and you will notice an additional bubbling water feature not too far away. More than the fountains themselves, you can learn plenty from the landscape design here.
Old shower pipes, wooden wall and an additional water feature below mean you have a flowing and lively garden addition that becomes the life-source of all nature around it. A couple of statues next to them and a few plants can turn even the atrium indoors with this water feature into a zen-like nook.