DIY Pond Fountain

August 29, 2020

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Did you know that you could turn just about anything into a pond fountain? From garden statues to old watering cans, here's the complete budget friendly DIY.

See No Evil Frog Statue In the garden

Well hello friends!

It's been a while, hasn't it?

I wish I could tell you that I've been vacationing in Tahiti or caught up in some glamorous romantic adventure, but nope.

I've just been hunkered down with a house full of people working, getting one kid ready for online college courses and another for life in a brand new kind of normal.

And as for romance? The most adventurous thing we've done is have dinner by candlelight...ever so generously arranged by Mother Nature, when a storm knocked our power and internet out for a week.

She certainly keeps you on your toes, that one.

In any event, it's all back up and running now and I can finally show you one of the adorable DIYs we managed to complete since the last time we spoke.

I think I may have shared my sweet frog before, I picked him up at HomeGoods back in 2018. He was in the clearance aisle and for less than $15, he was just begging to come home with me.

See No Evil Frog Statue sitting in the garden

He's been happily living in our cottage style garden ever since.

Then one sunny morning my husband commented that he would make a really good fountain for our fish pond.

We already had a frog fountain for our pond. As a matter of fact, it was a very sentimental DIY completed years ago.

But if the guy wanted to make me another fountain...you know, for the sake of variety...who was I to argue?

So he got busy, converting my "see no evil" frog into a spitter.

It was actually a super simple DIY. I mean really, did you expect anything else?

And honestly, once you understand the process you can make your own water feature or fountain out of just about anything.

Here's how.

DIY POND FOUNTAIN


He started by drilling a hole in our frog friend's mouth. This frog is made out of a lightweight resin material, so he went slow.

You don't want to crack your statue, so caution is the name of the game.

Drilling Into Frog Statue Mouth To Create Fountain

Once he got a feel for how the drill was going to go through the material, he flipped the little guy over and made a hole in the other end.

Poor fellow.

Drilling Into Base Of Statue

Now. The real trick to turning any garden statue into a fountain is the plastic tubing that carries the water from the pond pump to - and ultimately - through, the statue itself.

This is the what makes the magic all possible. Once the holes were in place, it was simply a matter of adding the tube.

Plastic Tubing For Pond Fountain curled up on patio

He just gently fed the plastic tubing in one end and out the other. That's all it took.

He actually started by threading it in through the mouth first.

Inserting Tubing Into Statue

Then ever so carefully, he grabbed the tubing with a small metal tool and guided it out.

If the hole in the bottom had been large enough to grab the plastic with his fingers, he would've skipped this step.

Grabbing Tubing From Center Of Statue

Once the tube was inside the frog, he grabbed a small, metal cylinder scrap he had in the garage and crimped it so it would fit inside the tip of the plastic tube.

That little accent piece gave the water a bit of spray instead of just falling out of the frog's mouth in a haphazard fashion.

It's not necessary, but it definitely adds a little flair to the flow.

Metal Piece Crimped In Fountain Mouth

Then final step in this process was to hook the tubing up to the pump again so the water from the pond would be routed through the frog.

Frog Fountain Statue in Pond area with flowers

And in no time flat, my plain old garden statue was transformed into a center stage showstopper.

Who spits.

Fabulous.

DIY Pond Forg Statue Fountain

Oh well, I guess since it's by design, it's ok.

And frankly, I'd much rather watch him spit out a little water, than Mother Nature.

At least when he does it, my lights stay on.

What would you make into a fountain?

How To Make A DIY Pond Fountain On A Budget text on frog fountain


  1. He is ADORABLE!!!!
    He makes me chuckle.
    I would like to have a whimsical statue, similar to your dear frog and have water come out of it's mouth, too.

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    1. Thanks so much! He definitely makes me smile. Hoping you’re well!

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  2. you've got a real sweetheart of a husband! it's adorable.
    and who in the world doesn't love the sound of a fountain?
    especially when it's in the 90's with humidity almost to match!
    well done sweet girl! another cool post. emphasis on COOL! XO

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    1. Thanks Tammy! I do love the sound of that water. It's so calming. One year we had an actual bullfrog out there croaking in the evening. Now that was a great sound! Stay cool my friend! xo

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  3. Love this; I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I have a thing for frogs - and turtles!

    I do have to warn you though about leaving a spitter outside the pond. We had a lightweight spitter outside our pond and an animal must have knocked it over. All the water got aimed at the edge of the pond, seeped underneath and lifted our entire pond right out of the ground. It looked like a lilting titanic by the time we noticed what happened! If the resin is light, make sure it’s secured somehow so it can’t be moved or accidentally shifted :)

    Sara

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    1. Oh Sara, I'm a total frog lover! I have more of them around the yard and in the house than I can count. And thanks for the tip. Our old frog was concrete. So far, so good with our little lightweight friend, but we will keep an eye out!

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  4. ADORABLE, especially with the see no evil expression. Spitting? Whose spitting? Not me! Nice to see you back, Kim. I had you on the brain just the other day wondering where you've been. Pinned

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    1. Thanks Marie! And thanks for thinking about me. Always nice to know you're on someone's mind! ❤️

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  5. He looks great. So fun. Glad to hear that your power and internet woes are no longer. With all of the other stuff going on in 2020 you would hope that the weather would behave but no such luck.

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    1. Thanks Lorri! Yes, it's nice to have the power back. We were actually supposed to get a few more storms this past week and today, but luckily they floated right by...phew! I'm kind of tired of that generator and the smell of gasoline. I feel terrible for all those affected in the south though...awful.

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  6. So creative! I would never have had any idea how to do this.

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    1. Thanks Jenny! I wouldn’t have a clue either. I watch and learn…but funny after all these years of being exposed to his DIY prowess, I’m surprised by what I know how to do now! Osmosis!! 😉

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  7. How cute! The only kind of "spitter" I like. The other day I was thinking about this blue ceramic garden pot I turned into a table fountain. It had sea shells or rocks in it I believe. Wish I still had it. Have no idea what happened to it, but that was back in TX so who knows?
    Brenda

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    1. I have a few pieces like that, too. I see them in pictures and I’m like whatever happened to that! Some of them are totally back in style and I think why did I ever get rid of it.

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  8. Isn't he just the cutest spitting frog and who wouldn't want one of those!! He would certainly bring a smile to faces when sitting outside.

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    1. Thanks Marlene! He really does make me smile...and I can see him from my kitchen window, too. Great view!

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  9. Hi Kim,
    He makes me smile. Super cute. Happy Weekend.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  10. Too freaking cute! (Meaning it's so cute, I'm freaking out!)

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    1. Thanks so much!! That's quite a compliment...but he is really cute, isn't he? I think I'm going to have to bring him inside this winter.

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  11. This is the best! I love the frog, and he's even better as a fountain, Your hubby did good!

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    1. Thanks Mari! Like your own hubby, he's a very gifted DIYer and he loves a good project.

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  12. Well how cute is Mr. Frog!!!! You (and your hubby) always have the neatest ideas. I know you are so glad to have your power back on. I can't imagine being without it for a whole week. We would swelter without our AC this time of year...and I would go bonkers without internet, TV, etc. I do love candlelight though:)

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    1. Thanks Cheri! We do love to create things. And yes, I can’t even imagine being without AC in your neck of the woods. It wasn’t pleasant here, but thankfully we had the pool to cool us off…and we took lots of car rides! That helped! We even went out one night just to find internet so we could stream some tv. What a crazy thought...

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  13. This is just darling Kim... definitely an easy way to add some fun into your garden/pond! Candlelight is fun for the first few hours, and then after that, it becomes a bit of a challenge. I'mm hoping that everything goes well as your girls transition into the new normal life has brought.

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    1. Thanks Marilyn and I agree, the thrill of candlelight wears off pretty fast when it's not a choice! And thank you for the well wishes. They are adapting...as we all are! Be well.

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  14. That is so cute! I wish we had a small pond in our back yard. Do real frogs find your pond? My neighbor-friend down the street has a small pond in her yard and the froggies love it.

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    1. We do have frogs, Melanie! Sometimes we get tadpoles, other times frogs just crash the pond themselves. One year we had a huge bullfrog. He used to croak so loud at night. I loved listening. Mostly now our frog friends are quiet, but I can still spy them every now and then.

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  15. Poor little thing. I can't imagine going through an endoscopy and a colonoscopy at the same time. But he just looks the cuter for it. I've been wondering where you were. Glad you got the power back on and were able to keep busy..Your flowers look so pretty as does little Prince Charming. I love it..Stay well, my friend..xxoJudy

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    1. Judy, you are hysterical!! Hahaha! Poor little thing, indeed! He really is sweet though, I love the way he's always smiling at me. I can even see him from the kitchen. Stay well!! xo

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  16. Yaaaaayyyyyyy froggy!!!!!!! What a great idea!! He is very cute! Now I have something else to look for in the junque shops!!
    You will be proud to know that I channeled you and ordered a beautiful red rug for my family room :^0 It's not here yet, but I am chomping at the bit to get it down and my fall/winter balances hung. (Even though it is still 100+ degrees :^(
    Hugs to you, and blessings, J

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    1. Thanks J!! Oh, red!! I love it!! You need a blog, I would love to peek. 😉

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  17. Kim, this is so cute. I love frogs and this idea is just perfect. Your pond area looks beautiful.
    Carla

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  18. That is really fun, and wow, so easy! I think a chipped tea pot would make a great fountain! Now if I only had a pond....

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    1. That's a great idea!! Now I need to find one. Can you believe I tossed one not too long ago. Murphy's Law!

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  19. Kim this is adorable! I was right there with losing power for 5 days.

    At the same time Peanut lost sight in her other eye and we had a procedure done it was a mess.

    Cindy

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    1. Thanks Cindy! It hasn't been a fabulous summer, has it??

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  20. The frog is so adorable and looks great. You and your husband did a great job with the frog DIY!

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    1. Thanks Julie! We’ve spent a lot of time in the yard this year, so it was nice to have a new view!

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  21. Your little spitter is too cute, Kim. Who new it would be that easy to do.

    P.S. So happy your back on line too. Missed you xoxoxo

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    1. Thanks Michelle!! It's always nice to be missed. xxoo

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