|the new and improved new water fountain|
Items you will need is-
* 1 large barrel
* a fountain of your choosing
* a large piece of plywood
* 1 2x4
* some screws
* plants or greenery for the inside of the barrel
* planter netting
We used a scroll saw and a miter saw. Neither are necessary but this is what we used so my tutorial will have these in the steps.
|the miter saw|
|the circle wedged into the new barrel, no supports are under it yet|
|this is showing how the supports would look|
Next step is screwing them in together. This is basically a straight and narrow approach. Hold up the support and screw them in. We had to use longer screws then normal because they were going through the whole 2x4 and they would not be able to make it through to the other end and screw into the bridging 2x4. The longer the better for this job.
This is the support, before it was all screwed in we made sure by putting the longer 2x4 pieces into the barrel and then setting the plywood circle on top to make sure the length of the cuts was correct.
|the fully supported newer height water fountain, time to add some flowers|
There was a few conversations about how to handle putting flowers in and if we have to remove the fountain from the barrel the dirt and flowers would fall over. There was no real easy solution. But we did have some flower bed weed netting. You set this on top of your dirt in a flower bed and then cover it with dirt of mulch and it prevents weeds from moving in and bringing down the whole flower bed neighborhood. We cut two pieces of this netting. Both pieces were cut as the whole size of the barrel.
|placing the netting, where the hand is it became folded over to have a pocket of sorts to place the dirt and the flowers. With the netting sitting up against the fountain making a small flower bed surrounding the fountain.|
|notice the netting up against the fountain. I am hoping it will help us keep the dirt and flowers in place if we ever have to remove the fountain to clean it. There will be some touch ups of course but not full on devastation.|
|so pretty, the fountain is all "beefed up"|
|the natural greenery.. planted and placed strategically, just like nature|
It was a fun way to tweak and improve the new fountain. I am much happier with it having some height. This was such a simple update. I know we lucked out with the fountain having a barrel look to begin with but most of the fountains we saw had rocks or barrels as the base. So to stack rocks or a barrel to the base to add height was a natural and easy progression. I hope this gives you all a few ideas, if you want a fountain but cant afford the big, huge, expensive ones. Get a smaller one and figure out a way to "beef" it up. Enjoy the relaxing sound of trickling water. I have it on a lot. Even from where I sit at my desk in the study I can hear it. It is a wonderful thing to hear. I hope you all enjoy this week. It is already Tuesday, four days this week. Bring it on!
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