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DIY Wall Water Fountain (How To Make An Inexpensive Water Feature For A Small Garden)

For an easy and inexpensive way to add a water feature to a small space, try this DIY wall sculpture fountain. Use whatever garden wall art you like for a custom look that works with your garden design.

How to make a DIY wall water fountain

If you’re looking for a way to add a water feature to a small yard or patio, wall fountains make a lot of sense.

They make good use of vertical space to give you the sound of water.

Creating one with a piece of wall art and a galvanized tub is an easy DIY project that will give you a custom look without spending a lot of money.


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  • outdoor wall sculpture – A Lion’s head or gargoyle is popular for this purpose.
  • pump – The size of the pump you need is dependent on how far and high the water needs to be pumped. Click here to use this easy formula. You can find them on Amazon*
  • hose and connector
  • tub or some other vessel to catch that will catch the water
  • (optional) pond liner
  • (optional) river rocks

Also, don’t forget to figure out where you will plug it in.

How To Put Wall Water Fountain Together

Garden wall art used as the top of a wall water fountain

1. If your wall sculpture does not have a hole, carefully drill one where you want the water to come out.  It should be the same size as the tubing for the pump.

2. Hang the outdoor wall sculpture on a fence or wall.

3. If the tub you chose is not water proof, line the inside with pond liner.  Attach it to the inside of the vessel close to the top using nails or staples. These should be high enough up that they are above the water line since they could cause leaks.

4. Attach the hose to the pump.

5. Place the pump in the bottom of the tub.

Galvanized tub filled with rocks as the bottom of a fountain

6. (Optional) Fill the tub with rocks.  This hides the pump from view, and adds to the splashing sound.

Water fountain tubing attached to the fence

7. Attach the hose to the fence and thread it through the hole going from the back of the sculpture to the front.

Because our fence backs onto a public walkway, we put the tubing on the inside of the fence. (Otherwise, the HOA would have an issue!). But it would look better to run it up the back of the fence if possible. Just drill a small hole at the bottom for the tubing to go out and another one at the top for it to come back in.

8. Fill the tub with water.

9. Plug the pump in.

DIY wall water fountain

10. Adjust the flow from the pump to have the water running at the desired speed and volume.

Then enjoy the relaxing sound of water in your garden!

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Have comments or questions about our DIY wall water fountain? Tell us in the section below.

This post was originally published on August 15, 2020 but was updated with new content on November 20, 2021.

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  1. Kathy Harris says:

    I really appreciated this post about building a wall fountain inexpensively. I plan to use hypertufa to create a rustic French wall fountain with a copper spigot for the fountain wall. I am confused by the pictures. Can I plan for a hole in the hypertufa to hide the water pump tubing (sealant to as not to leak)? What pump did you use for yours? Any extra help/info would be appreciated. ~Kathy

    1. Wanda Simone says:

      Hi Kathy…Yes, you can put a hole in the hypertufa to hide the tubing. (In our case, the fountain is on a fence that backs onto a public walkway so the home owner’s association would have had an issue if we had run the tubing on the outside, otherwise we would have done that, too). We actually re-used a pump from an old fountain, but you can buy them pretty inexpensively from amazon.com. Just search for “water fountain pump”. Hope that helps!

  2. Thank you! I wondered why you had the tube so visible. I do find it strange that there are tons of tutorials/videos for bubble fountains, waterfalls but nothing on DIY wall fountains, other than yours. Believe me, I’ve searched extensively!

    1. Wanda Simone says:

      Thanks, Kathy! I’m glad it was helpful 🙂

  3. Hello – Thank you for this post, it is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Quick question: what was used to secure the tube to the fence and where can they be found? I really like that they look a bit decorative.
    Thanks again!

    1. Wanda Simone says:

      Hi Nena…we had that strapping left over from another project and I can’t seem to find it online. It’s a metal pipe hanger strap that comes in a roll and you cut it to the length you need. You should be able to find at the hardware store.

  4. Re the strapping: Excellent – thanks very much Wanda! Very helpful and I’ll take a look around for it. 😊