4 DIY Solar Fountain Ideas for the Garden


There is something so soothing about a water feature in your yard or garden. But sometimes the cost just makes that impossible. Well today I have some really good news, I have found an incredible option for you that is very affordable and easy to get going. Come see how I added an easy DIY solar fountain 4 different ways in our yard!

4 DIY Solar Fountain Ideas for the Garden

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Easy DIY Solar Water Fountain

Have you been wanting a water feature in your yard or garden? For me there is something so soothing about the sounds of water and I love hearing it in our backyard. So when I found this affordable and simple option I was over the moon excited to give it a try!

The title of this post says DIY but really there is not much involved in this simple to assemble solar fountain. Everything comes all in one package and ready to be used instantly! And the best part is that it is VERY affordable too! The only thing you need to decide is what fountain attachment you want to add to the top.

This solar fountain comes with 6 different nozzles, these spray shapes and patterns. The height of the spray can be adjusted by just replacing the nozzles if you want to stop the water from splashing out of the vessel you choose to place it in. The spray height can reach 15-27 inch and you can easily replace the nozzles.

Easy DIY solar fountain 3 ways

There are several other sizes of solar fountains available as well. I suggest measuring the vessel or space you plan to use yours before purchasing! I have my eye on this one next, of course it is blue!

Solar Fountain on metal chair between two raised garden beds

Materials You’ll Need:

  1. A small solar water pump/fountain: Look for a low-voltage floating pump that operates using solar energy. This ensures your fountain remains eco-friendly and cost-effective. This is the exact one I used!
  2. A container: Get creative with your choice of container or vessel to hold your floating fountain! Consider using a large ceramic pot, a shallow basin or bowl, or even a repurposed birdbath. Just ensure it’s sturdy enough to hold the weight of water.
  3. Decorative stones or pebbles: These will add a touch of charm and stability to your fountain. (optional)
  4. Water (of course) !

Building Your DIY Solar Fountain:

Step 1: Choosing the Right Location

Before diving into the process, scout your garden for the ideal location. Look for an area that receives ample sunlight throughout the day to ensure your solar panel functions efficiently. I love these solar fountains because you can use them on decks, gardens, railings, ponds, you name it. Great for apartments, houses and anywhere that has water or sunshine!

Step 2: Preparing the Container

This is the fun part! Find the container or vessel you plan to use and make sure it is ready for water , sealed so water will not leak and clean. I used a ceramic pot, terracotta saucer and pedestal bowl but there are SO many options! This is what makes this fountain so fun and doable.

Step 3: Positioning the Solar Panel

Place the floating circular water pump inside the container, ensuring it sits securely. The one I used has mini suction cups helping it to remain stable and position it in a way that maximizes exposure to sunlight. You can also use little rocks or pebbles to nestle the solar fountain on top of as well. But it will float on its own nicely!

Step 4: Adding Decorative Stones

This is optional but adds some extra beauty and stability. Place decorative stones or pebbles around the pump in your container. These stones will not only enhance the aesthetics but also provide stability and prevent the pump from shifting.

Different Ways to Use Your Solar Fountain:

Standalone Solar Fountain

For a simple yet captivating water feature, let your solar fountain shine on its own. Place it in the center of your garden, on a patio table, or even on a balcony. The gentle sound of the water cascading down will create a soothing atmosphere, perfect for relaxation or meditation.

solar fountain in a black pedestal bowl

I set mine in this all black pedestal bowl that was my grandmother’s. I chose it because the black solar pump blends in perfectly! It’s such a simple little way to add beauty to any area outdoors with sunshine!

Terracotta Plant Saucer on Chair

Transform your solar fountain into a mini pond by adding aquatic plants or little stones. Water features seem to bring an element of serenity and natural beauty to your garden. The soothing sound of the water will provide a haven for birds, butterflies, and other delightful creatures.

Solar fountain in terracotta saucer on chair

This old black metal chair was a perfect place for me to place this terracotta pot saucer/plate on. I simply added some small rocks, water and set the fountain on top for instant beauty. The chair is nestled in our strawberry patch and in between my raised garden beds. My mom and I talked about how it might look neat to spray paint the terracotta black and add black rocks. I like this idea a lot!

Overhead of solar fountain on metal chair

Solar Fountain In Ceramic Pot

Invite feathered friends to your garden by turning your solar fountain into a charming bird bath or water feature. Place it near shrubs or trees to offer birds a sense of security while they enjoy a refreshing dip. The gentle movement of the water will catch their attention and create a haven for bathing and drinking

solar fountain in ceramic green pot

I added a deep plastic saucer, meant for plants, in the center of one of my green ceramic pots (it was also halfway full of dirt). Then I added water to it and simply set the solar fountain in it. It floated perfectly and created an unexpected water feature. You can adjust the nozzle for the water height!

Solar fountain in green planter
A fun unexpected fountain next to our front steps!

Another DIY Solar Fountain Idea to Try

Solar Fountain Planter with Flowers

My final DIY solar fountain idea to try in the garden is to place your solar fountain in a planter!

This one might actually be my favorite. I placed a terracotta pot inside this old galvanized tub. Then I filled it in with potting soil around the outside and planted flowers. I used snapdragons, petunias and lobelia.

 DIY Solar Fountain Ideas for the Garden

After the flowers were planted I placed this metal bowl on top of the terracotta planter in the center and filled it with water. The solar fountain fit in it perfectly. The fun part is that it does water the flowers as well as make the most magical sound!

More DIY solar fountain ideas for the garden

  • Birdbath
  • ponds
  • fish tanks
  • swimming pools
  • gardens
  • parties
  • centerpieces on tables
Solar fountain in blue metal tray

FAQs About DIY Solar Water Fountains 

Does a solar fountain need direct sunlight? Yes, solar fountains generally need direct sunlight to operate efficiently, although some models have batteries that store energy for later use.

Should I leave my solar water feature on all the time? It’s okay to leave it on during the day, but it’s best to turn it off at night or when not in use to prolong its lifespan.

Will a solar fountain work on a cloudy day? It may work at a reduced capacity, but performance can vary depending on the model and the amount of sunlight available.

How long will a solar water feature last? With proper maintenance, a good quality solar water feature can last several years, typically between 2-4 years for the pump.

4 DIY Solar Fountain Ideas for the Garden

Are you ready to try an easy DIY solar fountain? Which of the 4 ways did you like best? These clever little solar fountains could actually be used in so many fun ways! Hopefully this has inspired you to try one of these in an outdoor space of your own! Let me know if you have any questions.

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Now make sure to hop over to Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse who is sharing how to make a DIY metal wreath! Then make sure to visit the other garden inspired post linked below that my Cozy Collaborative Crew is sharing as well!

The Cozy Creative Collaborative

Friends I am so excited to be joining some amazing fellow bloggers for our monthly blog series that are calling it the Cozy Creative Collaborative! This month we are all sharing creative ideas for your yard or garden.

Let me introduce you to the ladies. Make sure to visit all of their posts linked at the end too!

The Cozy Creative Collaborative group of 4 bloggers

If you are popping over from Charity of Mornings on Macedonia and her post on how to hang string light without trees, welcome! Wasn’t that just beautiful and so smart?

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  1. I have been inspired, Kelly! Thank you! I now have several ideas to make (perhaps several!!!) solar water fountains! Sandra

  2. This is such a fun idea Kelly! I love the idea of adding a water fountain to our backyard and this makes it look so easy to do! Thank you for the inspiration.

  3. This is such a cool idea! I definitely need to try this out myself as well! I was just talking about how I wanted a little fountain on my porch so this would be perfect. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. I love all the different ways you used the fountain! It looked so pretty in that blue tray. This is a great gift idea too!

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