Easy Steps to Build a Two-Tier Potted Fountain for Your Garden

two tier potted fountain

What is a Two-Tier Potted Fountain?

A two-tier potted fountain is a type of water fountain that has two levels. The top level is typically taller than the bottom level, and the bottom level usually has more water than the top level. 

Two-tier potted fountains are often used as decorative pieces in gardens or yards. They are more aesthetically pleasing than a single tier. The tiers add depth and dimension to the fountain, making it more interesting to look at.

Two-tier potted fountains come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. Some common materials used to make two-tier potted fountains include concrete, stone, ceramic, metal, and plastic. 

Two-tier potted fountains can be powered by electricity or solar power. Solar-powered two-tier potted fountains are becoming increasingly popular because they are environmentally friendly and easy to operate.

What You Need

A two-tiered potted fountain is a great way to add the sound of running water to your patio or deck. Plus, it’s a fun project to build! 

Here’s what you need to get started:

1. A large, deep plant pot. Make sure it has drainage holes in the bottom.

2. A smaller plant pot that will fit inside the first one.

3. Pebbles or gravel.

4. A pump that is designed for use with outdoor fountains. 

5. A length of tubing that will fit snugly over the outlet of the pump.

6. A drill with a 1/2-inch drill bit.

7. Rivera rock or other decorative stones (optional).

Easy Steps to Build a Two-Tier Potted Fountain

how to make two tier potted fountain

These instructions are for a fountain using two flower pots and pebbles. The principles are the same for building large or more elaborate units.

  1. Choose the pots you want to use. You will need two different sizes. The larger will be the holding pot and must NOT have a drainage hole. If it does, seal the hole with silicone adhesive. If needed, cover the hole with a pottery shard and silicone around the edges of the shard.
  1. The smaller pot must have at least one 1/2″ drainage hole. Drill it if necessary. You may want additional water to escape from the top of your fountain. If so, drill small holes around the rim of the smaller pot.
  1. Consider how high your completed project will be and what type of water flow you prefer. Purchase an appropriate sized pump and tubing. As you assemble your fountain, try to hide the pump, pump cord, and tubing as much as possible. Depending on what materials you use, you may choose black or clear tubing.
  1. Place your pump in the bottom container. Attach the tubing and keep the electrical cord over the rim of the pot. If you want, you can use pot shards to hide the pump. Partly fill the pot with pebbles. Thread the tubing through the drainage hole in the smaller pot from the bottom and set the smaller pot in the pebbles. Position it firmly and completely fill the bottom pot with more pebbles, shells or marbles.
  1. Hold the tubing upright in the smaller pot and fill the pot with pebbles. Cut off the hose an inch or so below the level of the rocks.
  1. Fill the large pot with water about halfway up and fill the small vessel to the top. Plug in the pump and enjoy!
How to Build a Two-Tier Fountain

Maintenance and Care of Two-Tier Potted Fountain

A Two-TIer Potted Fountain is a great addition to any home. They are easy to maintain and can last for many years with proper care. Here are a few tips on how to keep your fountain looking its best:

1. The most important thing you can do for your fountain is to keep the water clean. Change the water every week and wipe down the inside of the bowl with a damp cloth.

2. Every month, add a handful of gravel or rocks to the bottom of the bowl to help keep the pump from getting clogged.

3. Once a year, you should disassemble the fountain and clean all of the parts with soap and water. This will help prevent mineral buildup and keep your fountain working like new.

4. If the pump does not run, check to make sure it is plugged in and that the cord is not damaged. If the pump is running but no water is coming out, check to make sure your fountain’s water level is above the minimum line. 

5. If your fountain is located in an area where the temperature drops below freezing, move it to a warmer location or bring it inside until the temperature returns to normal. 

6. If you live in an area with hard water, we recommend using distilled water for cleaning. 

Tips to Make it Better

By following these simple tips, you can take your fountain to the next level and enjoy an even more beautiful and relaxing outdoor space.

  • Consider adding more plants around the base of the fountain. This will help to create a more natural look and feel, as well as provide additional oxygenation for the water. 
  • Use different types of plants for each level of the fountain. This will give the fountain a more interesting and varied appearance. 
  • Add some stones or other decorations around the edge of the top tier of the fountain. This will help to catch any water that may splash out, as well as add a bit of extra decoration.

By following these tips above, you can easily take your two-tier potted fountain from good to great!

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