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How to make a bubbling urn water feature


The gentle babble of flowing water from this urn water feature helps to create a calm and soothing mood in the garden. A water feature like this is really simple to assemble and is also a safe choice if you have young children as there is no accessible reservoir of water.

How to do it

Lining pan with pond liner

1Place the pond liner in the terracotta pan and push it down flat with your hands to check it fits evenly. Keep it flat by pressing out any folds.

Cutting liner to fit

2Using a pair of old scissors, cut the liner so that it fits just under the rim of the pan with as few folds as possible. The liner shouldn't be visible once the feature has been completely finished.

Attaching hose to pump

3Fit the length of hose to the output of the pump. Dipping the end of the hose into very hot water will help it to slip over the nozzle easily.

Placing pump in reservoir

4Place the pump on the base of the pan. Trail the flex out over the back so that it will be concealed once the feature is completed.

Placing house bricks in the resrvoir

5Place two house bricks on each side of the pump, ensuring that their upper level is slightly higher than the top of the pump. Fill the pan with clean water, to just below the level of the trimmed pond liner.

Fitting grille to reservoir

6Lay the plastic-coated grille on top of the four bricks, easing the hose through it. Cut the hose so that it's the right length to insert into the base of the urn.

Positioning urn on top of metal grille

7Put the urn on the top of the grid and push the hose through the hole in its base. Switch on the pump to check the water flows correctly.

Positioning pebbles on metal grille

8When you're happy with the flow of the water, arrange pebbles on top of the grille to disguise the liner and pump.

9Position a few pebbles in front of the feature and some plants behind for a more pleasing effect. Don't forget to top up the water during warm weather.

Adam's tip

Try mixing shells with the pebbles for a seaside effect.

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grannyanne 24/11/2011 at 15:27

The bubbling urn looks lovely - just the sort of project I'd like to try one of these days (allotment & garden permitting!)

keengard 24/11/2011 at 15:29

Very nice article! Easy to follow step by step. Well done! You may also be interesting to visit:

Marian Small 03/10/2012 at 13:10

This is so simply and easy to do and looks so well and you could have it anywhere I love it.

kentish wiggler 15/11/2012 at 20:18

sorry if i'm a bit stupid but there's no mention of where the other end of the hose goes - i'm imagining it must go to some water source? a tap? if not a tap and it just uses the water you've put in the urn, then what's the hose for? And what powers the pump? batteries? an electric socket? these instructions might be fine for a normal gardener, but not a beginner, surely? or am i missing something? (besides brain cells)

Pipstrelle 25/01/2013 at 00:13

Kentish wiggler, you're not alone!

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