There are many benefits of being near the water. Not only does the sensation of a body of water have a calming effect on humans, but it can also help us feel more in touch with our surroundings and more mindful overall.
However, not all of us are lucky enough to live within close proximity of a lake or an ocean. That doesn’t mean, though, that you can’t create your own beautiful water fixture! In this article, we will look at a collection of beautiful ideas for unique water fixtures that can be installed in your backyard, creating your own personal calming oasis.
DIY Outdoor Water Fixtures For your Backyard
Pipes and Pots Water Feature
Let’s start this list off with something that is truly unique! You can follow this tutorial from DIY Recyclist to create a beautiful fountain that stands alone as a decorative statue, even if it didn’t have water rushing through it. It certainly is beautiful when the water streams through, though!
Magical Waterfall Chain
This waterfall chain from Instructables.com is amazing! It looks like something that you would buy for a few hundred dollars at a craft and garden store, but it can actually be made at a minimal cost to you by using copper tubing. This is a great craft to include older children in, as it is sure to inspire their creativity.
Stacked Rock Fountain
This DIY water fixture requires an intermediate level of skill, but if you can follow the instructions clearly and find the right materials you are guaranteed to end up with an end result that is very impressive. In fact, it looks more like something you would find at a city park or at a resort than in your very own backyard! Find out the instructions at Family Handyman.
Mini Water Garden
You have heard of having a garden in your backyard, and you have probably heard of having flower pots, but have you ever thought about having a garden within a flower pot? This is exactly what can be accomplished through this tutorial over at WhatsUrHomeStory, except what’s even better is that it is a water garden! This means that it uses beautiful floating water lilies which add a touch of beauty to your backyard environment.
Water Jug Waterfall
Here is a project for everyone out there that likes their DIY projects with a touch of whimsy! With two watering cans passing water between each other and into a metal bucket, this tutorial may look complicated but it can actually be accomplished with only minimal materials including a drill. Find out the specifics here.
Vineyard- Inspired Barrel Fountain
You don’t need to live within reach of the vineyards of Tuscany in order to wish for some wine-themed merchandise in your yard! We love the way that this tutorial from HGTV shows how you can make a water fixture for your backyard that is entirely unique, yet also blends in. This is a great option for anyone who isn’t comfortable with having something too showy in their backyard.
Bamboo is a beautiful material to use for a water fixture, and it can be quite durable as well! The bamboo fountain seen here may be small and simple, but it can still be quite impactful! The delicate stream can add its own touch of ambience to your outdoor living area.
“‘Cause after all, you’re my water wall!” Okay, so maybe these aren’t the lyrics to this classic song, but you will be singing along to these words once you figure out how you can make your own wall of water for your backyard. Even though this beautiful water fixture from Interior Frugalista looks like it is something from a high-end mansion seen on home improvement shows, it is actually something that you can make yourself with a bit of elbow grease and gumption!
River Rock Water Feature
This river rock water feature seems simple on the surface, but we must warn you that it is actually quite complicated. For one thing, you will need to have the patience to dig beneath the soil to install the water fixture itself. However, the good news is that you can source natural rocks from your local environment to keep the costs of this water feature down! Find out more from Instructables.com.
This DIY water fixture idea from Today’s Creative Life looks exactly like the kind of thing that would have captivated us at the mall as a kid! And you can’t blame us —it’s super cool! All you will need to make this particular fixture is a ceramic “egg” as well as a small water pump. It is not as hard as it looks!
Fountain Kit Idea
If you are not up for making an entire DIY water fixture in your backyard, we don’t blame you. However, if you’re not up to starting from scratch, it doesn’t mean that you can’t still flex your DIY muscles to make a water fixture. One option is to use a beautiful water fountain kit, such as the ones available from Aquascape Inc, to put together a beautiful fountain.
Recycled Water Wall
Earlier, we mentioned a beautiful example of a DIY water wall that can be designed for your backyard. However, for some, the use of water for something aesthetic may bring up environmental concerns. If this sounds like you, you may want to look into the viability of building a water wall that relies solely on recycled water. You can find out how to do this over at Central Texas Gardener.
Old Bathtub Turned Pond
This water feature idea from Empress of Dirt may not feature a fountain in its tutorial, but we believe that it still deserves a spot amongst the other water features. We love the way that it uses recycled materials, in this case an old bathtub. If you are looking to invest in pond plants, this is a great reciprocal for them!
100% Solar Water Fountain
If procuring electricity is a concern for you, you may want to instead put your energy into creating a solar-powered fountain! This sounds fancy, but it is actually quite easy to do if you follow the clear instructions set out by a Piece of Rainbow. We love the way that they also added pond plants!
The Low Maintenance Water Fountain
This water fixture idea from Family Handyman can be accomplished over the course of a weekend, but you wouldn’t expect this to be the case simply upon looking at it. It’s not exactly an easy tutorial, but it is quite straightforward and is explained very well. Plus, once it has been installed, it will require very little maintenance and effort to keep it running.
Artistic Backyard Fountain
If you have an artistic temperament, then show it off to the world with the help of a beautiful outdoor fountain! This contemporary water fountain from the Garden Glove truly looks like an art piece. You can make it a point of mimicking it or you can let your creative juices flow so that you can make a feature that reflects your own unique tastes.
Terra Cotta Pot Fountain
Terra cotta pots are so useful in so many different ways, but they are not often thought of as being the most beautiful kind of fixture. However, this water fixture tutorial makes it quite obvious that terra cotta pots can be transformed into a gorgeous water fountain.
Super Simple Water Fixture
If you have found the fancy water fixtures on this list to be a bit much for your tastes, you may want to take it back to the basics. You can do exactly that by following this tutorial from Pretty Purple Door. We love the philosophy of the author, who just wanted to create a feature that offered a soothing noise and a bit of ambience!
Do yourself a favor and invest the money of an outdoor water fixture. Although it may seem like a waste of money on the surface, the calming sensation of a water fixture can be worth the cost and more. Which feature do you think would fit the best with the landscaping features of your outdoor areas?