18 Unique Fountain Ideas to Spruce Up Your Backyard

Make your backyard even more lovely with these soothing fountains.

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Want to add a unique element to your backyard? Opt for a fountain! Here you'll find our favorite DIY outdoor fountain projects, as well as beautiful options you can simply buy. Plus, check out more of our best backyard decorating ideas that will be sure to wow your guests during summer soirées.

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wooden barrel water fountain
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Wooden Barrel Water Fountain


Perfect for your patio or backyard, this wooden fountain comes lined with plastic so that it can withstand any moisture or mold buildup.

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tiered flower pot fountain
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Tiered Flower Pot Fountain

Using some pots from Lowe's, a $5 water pump, and some rocks from around her yard, blogger Katie created this simple, relaxing water fountain for her garden that birds can't get enough of.

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ceramic outdoor bird bath fountain
Courtesy of Hayneedle
Ceramic Cascade Outdoor Bird Bath Fountain


This bird bath is a real beaut! The water flows from one bowl to the next thanks to a hidden solar-powered pump.

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tiny egg fountain
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Tiny Egg Fountain

This miniature fountain makes a perfect addition to a small deck and takes just 15 minutes to make.

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solar on demand outdoor fountain
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Solar-On-Demand Outdoor Fountain


This fountain can be switched on or off with the touch of a button. It also runs on solar power: one full day of sun equals six hours of battery life.

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patio water wall
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Patio Water Wall

This massive fountain won't come together quickly, but it's well worth the time and effort. Blogger Marie moved her water wall onto her deck so company could enjoy the relaxing sound of water while they chatted.

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planter waterfall
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Blue Planters Waterfall

Let your fountain add a pop of color to your garden! This royal blue waterfall was crafted with three giant planter pots.

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disappearing water fountain
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Disappearing Water Fountain

If you love the gushing sound of a fountain but are less crazy about having an open pool of water in your yard (especially if you have children), this decorative rock fountain may be for you. Requiring easy-to-find materials, this fountain will cost you less than $200.

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three tiered fountain
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Three-Tier Fountain

This fountain looks fancy, but you can make it yourself using cheap items from a thrift shop. Depending on what found items you use, your fountain will have its own unique look.

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Charming Water Feature

As seen on , this spring-inspired water feature will add tons of curb appeal to your home.

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tea pot fountain
Tea Pot Fountain

Add a piece of DIY decor to your garden or backyard with this fountain made from an iron tea pot and an old whiskey barrel.

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water garden
Via Apartment Therapy
Water Garden

If you don't have a big backyard, this tiny water garden is the perfect option. Filled with potting soil, pea gravel, and water plants, it fits nicely on a porch or balcony.

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recirculating ceramic pot fountain
Tatertots & Jello
Recirculating Ceramic Pot Fountain

The sound of babbling water from this recirculating fountain will instantly create a more relaxing atmosphere in your outdoor space.

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flower pot fountain
The Happy Homebody
Flower Pot Fountain

Breathe new life into old flower pots with this unique fountain.

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circular water wall
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Circular Water Wall

Turn a recycled table top into a beautiful water wall for your garden.

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rock fountain
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Rock Fountain

This DIY might take you a couple of days to finish, but the finished product—look at those stacked stones!—will be worth the effort.

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watering can fountain
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Watering Can Fountain

This cool-looking fountain made from recycled watering cans and a wash bin is the perfect addition to a country garden.

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Bamboo Fountain

This bamboo fountain can add little bit of zen to your backyard or porch.

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