Find & Fix it Friday: old wine barrel turned fountain
I love repurposing objects. Sam and I get a total kick out of giving discarded objects a second life. Case in point, check out Sam’s planters:
Yup, those are wine barrels turned planters. Or what about the project I did a while back, turning old wine barrel staves into a bench:
Well, today, I am headed outdoors for some tranquility. I love the sound of running water in my yard. So, with a couple of basics, I was ready to transform a barrel into a quaint little patio fountain.
- vinyl pond liner
- staple gun
- half barrel
- small pond pump
- vinyl hose
- aquarium rocks
- pond plants
- metal pails
There is no graceful way of doing this. I simply spread the liner inside of my barrel, trimming as I went and stapling to secure it.
Don’t worry about wrinkles, it will not look perfect. Just be patient and wait until you fill your barrel. The weight of the water should smooth things out.
I decided to fill my pond with a few water hyacinths for color and the water health. I am a relative novice to pond gardening, but I know that water hyacinths are great at cleaning up the water.
I also wanted the splash of water, so after filling my pond, I submersed a small water pump that I picked up at Miner’s. A simple $30 purchase that was going to bring some magic to my space.
Things are looking good. Color: check. Pump working: check. Now for a little flare.
Luckily, I found some classic Corona buckets. I loved the casual and funky feel of the buckets, so I decided to make my fountain with the help of a drill.
It literally takes seconds to put these buckets together, but I wasn’t crazy about the tin sound of the water splashing in the buckets…so I simply added some pebbles to give a more rounded sound.
A couple of larger rocks to hide my hose, and AHHHHHHH.
Top off with water, add some fish and water conditioner, and you are set!
Happy day! The birds are already loving this little oasis, and I love hearing the sound of serenity when I open my windows in the evening. Love.
Soooo….what are you going to make a fountain out of? 🙂