How to create a water feature

Nadine
View the video

How to create a water feature

View the video
×

Project Overview

You can add that wow factor and some soothing sounds to your outdoor space with this easy to install water feature.  We’ll show you how to turn a pot into a bubbling water feature that won’t leak or cause any mess. 

Continue to step-by-step instructions

Step by Step Instructions

1 Prepare your area
2 Water proof your water feature pot
3 Dig your hole for the sump
4 Install your pump inside the sump
5 Attach the sump top to the base
6 Feed the power cord through the conduit
7 Seal up the sump
  • Step 1. Prepare your area

    First you need to prepare the area where your water feature will go. This may mean you need to remove some pavers or bricks. If it’s going into lawn, you’ll need to dig a small hole for the pump to sit in. You should also bury conduit in the ground underneath so an electrician can hook up power to your water feature. 

  • Step 2. Water proof your water feature pot

    Apply a couple of coats of water proofing membrane, such as bitumen paint, to the inside of the pot. Start from the top of the rim down to the base of the pot. You’ll need to give each coat a couple of hours to dry before you apply the next coat.

  • Step 3. Dig your hole for the sump

    The sump is part of the conversion kit that keeps the water level consistent and acts as a filter. You’ll need to dig a hole so you can drop the sump in level with your surface. Place the sump in the hole and using a spirit level, line up the top of the sump with the surface around it. This will make sure the pot sits level in the ground and the water sits level inside the pot. A good tip is to compact the ground underneath your sump. This will provide you with a stable base for your pot.


  • Step 4. Install your pump inside the sump

    First choose a pump that is suitable for the size of your pot. If you’re unsure what size pump to choose, go for a bigger size. This will make sure you have plenty of power to get the water to the top of the pot. Remove the lid of the sump and place the pump inside the support chamber. Feed the pump cord through the chamber side hole, then place the pump and support into the bottom of the sump. It should easily click into place.

  • Step 5. Attach the sump top to the base

    To attach the top of the sump to the base, use the pump attachment. One end connects to the pump and the other goes through the top of the base and into the pot. That end has two rubber washers, one of them will go underneath the sump and the other inside the pot.

  • Step 6. Feed the power cord through the conduit

    Feed your power cord through the conduit and attach it to the unit so you have power for your water feature. You may need a qualified electrician to install a power point nearby if you don’t have one already.

  • Step 7. Seal up the sump

    Inside your kit is a flange to seal up the sump. This needs to go through the hole and into the vinyl tubing below. Then put a bead of silicone around the outside to complete the seal. Then with the help of a friend, carefully place the pot on top of the flange and into position.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Shovel

Materials

  • Conversion kit
  • Pond pump
  • Submersible silicone
  • Water proofing membrane
  • Vinyl tubing
Cherry Plant

Planting & Growing How to plant and grow a cherry tree Sweet or sour, cherries are a popular summer treat around the world. Lovely and narrow, the cherry tree is suited to areas with cold winters, creating a stunning display of blossom in spring followed by the much-loved fruit.

plant pots

Planting & Growing How to grow and care for indoor plants For people unable to garden outdoors, growing indoor plants allows them to indulge in a hobby that gives great pleasure.

bird of paradise plant

Planting & Growing How to grow and prune a bird of paradise Hardy, easy to grow and architecturally dramatic with some of the most stunning and bizarre flowers you will ever see—that’s the awesome bird of paradise.

Apple Tree

Planting & Growing How to grow and prune an apple tree Nothing beats the crunch and taste of a fresh apple. So why not grow your own? An apple tree can be so much more than just a fruit tree.

basil

Planting & Growing How to plant grow and harvest basil An attractive garden plant that’s easy to grow and is an essential ingredient in a multitude of dishes. That’s basil!

Bougainvillea

Planting & Growing How to plant grow and prune bougainvillea If you’re looking for a plant with vibrant colours to bring a tropical look to your garden, then you can’t go past bougainvillea. Find out how to grow Bougainvillea's with this handy guide from bunnings warehouse.

How to design a herb garden 01:23

Planting & Growing How to design a herb garden Turn your back or front yard into a beautiful, productive space by creating an edible garden that looks good and will tastes even better. For this project, we’re grouping our herbs into three pots – one for tea, one for smoothies and one for cocktai...

Choose a sunny spot and watch 01:40

Planting & Growing How to grow strawberries You’ll love the taste of home-grown strawberries. It’s a great activity the whole family will have fun doing.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
Top of the content