Diy backyard fountain ideas
DIY Fountain Tutorials
‘Frugal Family Times‘ has an simple to follow tutorial for this double bubbler outdoor fountain. You can select any style pots for this project, but we always love cobalt blue in the garden!
Oh, and there is a ‘how to’ video as well!
Here is another double bubbler backyard fountain from ‘Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom‘. It is so much cheaper to DIY a fountain, and it is an simple project. Just follow these tutorials!
One final double DIY outdoor water fountain for you from ‘HGTV‘. Lots of step by step photos and a video make this one simple to get done in an afternoon!
You thought double bubblers were cool? Attempt this DIY tiered outdoor water fountain from ‘Addicted 2 DIY‘!
Learn how to make a classic urn fountain for your outdoor space with this tutorial from ‘BHG‘.
‘This Ancient House‘ has step by step instructions on how to make a river rock fountain.
Love this gorgeous project!
Ok, this rock outdoor fountain from ‘Family Handyman‘ is gorgeous, and yes, it really is a DIY! Full supply list, step by step photos and instructions, and even tips on customizing the size and rock shopping.
This next backyard fountain comes from ‘Instructables‘ and is a beautiful ambitious project, but thought we would include it because it is just very cool.
And don’t let projects that are more complicated scare you off… The payoff is worth it!
If you love a little Asian elegance in your garden, attempt this bamboo DIY water fountain from ‘Saf Affect‘. Step by step instructions, and also just where to discover the bamboo for this project!
‘Angie The Freckled Rose‘ shows us how to install an outdoor water fountain kit, and this slate stacked rock version is perfect for any classic garden!
Ok, so now we own a concrete outdoor water fountain that is another project that will take more than just an afternoon.
But in the finish, you will own this piece that would own cost numerous hundreds of dollars (or more!) to purchase. From ‘Family Handyman‘. Finish step by step tutorial.
This final one we own for you doesn’t own a tutorial, but we thought it may inspire some of you. You could use the skills from the previous tutorial to cast the concrete and create your own version of this awesome backyard fountain! Photo source unknown.
Where to Purchase Outdoor Fountains
We every know how sometimes we get excited about DIY’ing a project, and then time constraints make it hard to get it done.
If you decide you desire to buy your outdoor water fountain, we own some excellent suggestions for you. Every of these come with free shipping, too!
Perfect for any garden, this Natural Rock Aquarock fountain kit from ‘Wayfair’, comes with the pump, the catch basin, and everything else you need except the shovel and 30 minutes of your time! We really love the natural glance of this beautiful backyard fountain.
If you are looking for a little water fountain for your garden space, attempt the Nashville Concrete fountain. This is cast from genuine concrete, so it will final forever.
Comes with the pump, so every you do is add water. Free shipping… excellent thing, since it’s concrete, right? :)
The Avery Concrete Terrace fountain is perfect for the patio or deck. It is self contained so you don’t need to do much except plug in the pump!
If you are looking for a modern outdoor fountain perfect for the patio and for entertaining, The Venus fountain from ‘Allmodern’, might be just the one. This sophisticated fountain is made from resin, so it will final.
It also has a flickering light that illuminates the bubbler at night!
This final one is a splurge, but I know exactly where it could go in our courtyard garden space! ;) The Recife concrete outdoor fountain is spectacular. This one would be a focal point that would get every those ooohs & ahhhs! Lots of five star reviews (on Wayfair) with extremely happy owners! And yep, free shipping for this large outdoor water fountain!
So let us know, what are your creative ideas for a DIY outdoor water fountain? We ponder you will also desire to check out our posts on Unique & Soothing Garden Fountains, and DIY Tabletop Fire Bowls!
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A few miles up the Sermilik Fjord in southwestern Greenland, the water has abruptly turned milky, a sign that it is loaded with suspended silt, sand and other sediment.
It is this material — carried here in a constant plume of meltwater from the Sermeq glacier at the head of the fjord — that Mette Bendixen, a Danish scientist at the University of Colorado, has come to see. As their research boat moves farther into the murky water, she and several colleagues climb into a rubber dinghy to take samples.
Mette Bendixen, left, David Blockley, middle, and Mikkel Bojesen preparing to collect sediment samples.
Bendixen, a geomorphologist, is here to investigate an thought, one that she initially ran by colleagues to make certain it wasn’t crazy: Could this island, population 57,000, become a provider of sand to billions of people?
Sand for eroded beaches, potentially from the Rockaways to the Riviera. Sand to be used as bedding for pipes, cables and other underground infrastructure. Mostly, though, sand for concrete, to build the houses, highways and harbors of a growing world.
The world makes a lot of concrete, more than 10 billion tons a year, and is poised to make much more for a population that is forecast to grow by more than 25 percent by 2050.
That makes sand, which is about 40 percent of concrete by weight, one of the most-used commodities in the world, and one that is becoming harder to come by in some regions.
But because of the erosive power of ice, there is a lot of sand in Greenland.
And with climate change accelerating the melting of Greenland’s mile-thick ice sheet — a recent study found that melting has increased sixfold since the 1980s — there is going to be a lot more.
Sediment plumes are visible in the water under several of Greenland’s glaciers.
“It’s not rocket science,” Dr. Bendixen said. “One part of the world has something that other parts of the world are lacking.”
Dr. Bendixen is planning a two-year study to answer basic questions about the thought, including its feasibility and the environmental effects of extracting and exporting large amounts of the material. The government of Greenland, a self-ruled territory of Denmark, is studying it as well.
It would be up to entrepreneurs, possibly with assistance from the government, to make the thought a reality.
Given the potential cost of shipping sand around the world, its feasibility would depend on the price of sand rising.
Currently almost every sand is mined within 50 miles of where it is used, said Jason C. Willett, a minerals commodity specialist with the United States Geological Survey. “Once you move it any distance it then costs too much,” he said.
The thought also raises questions that go beyond science — about Greenland’s economic future, about its potential independence from Denmark, and even about the appropriateness of capitalizing on climate change.
The need to diversify the economy is a large issue in Greenland, where fishing accounts for about 90 percent of exports and Denmark provides almost half of the government’s budget through a block grant.
A large sand-exporting industry could assist reduce this subsidy, which would be critical to Greenland eventually becoming independent.
“The diversification discussion is extremely important,” said Birger Poppel, a political science professor at the University of Greenland.
“This could fit into that discussion.”
Kuupik V. Kleist, Greenland’s premier from 2009 to 2013, said that exploitation of mineral resources, including sand, were the obvious targets for greater economic growth.
“But in order to replace half of the government budget you would need a lot of profit from any new activity which might arise,” he said. “How numerous projects it takes and how large, I’m not sure.”
All told, Greenland’s ice sheet delivers about 900 million tons of sediment to the waters surrounding the island each year, or about 10 percent of every the sediment delivered to oceans worldwide.
The glacier at Sermilik Fjord, about 50 miles south of the capital, Nuuk, delivers about a quarter of Greenland’s entire. That explains the vast delta of sand visible from the air as well as from a research boat as the tide begins to go out.
The delta, with muddy rivulets crisscrossing it, stretches to the glacier more than five miles away.
Dr. Bendixen has made some hypothetical calculations. If just 15 percent of the sediment pouring into this fjord every year could be extracted, that quantity of sand — 33 million tons — is twice the annual demand of San Diego County in California, one of the most populous in the United States.
Sermilik Fjord is only one of a number of places in Greenland with large amounts of sand.
And the sand will hold coming as the world keeps warming and the ice sheet keeps melting. “It’s love a tap pouring not only water, but sediment,” she said.
It was Dr. Bendixen’s work on the effects of climate change on Greenland that sparked the thought. She had come across a trove of aerial photos of the island, taken by the American military during World War II. Comparing them with more recent satellite images, it was obvious that deltas love the one in Sermilik Fjord were growing as the planet warmed and more meltwater came out of the ice sheet.
Bendixen noted that Greenlanders’ contribution to global warming was extremely slight — their emissions are a tiny part of the global entire. “They own a endless list of negative consequences they own to deal with,” she said, including rising sea levels and thawing permafrost. “If one of the consequences is actually positive, who are we to tell that they cannot benefit from it?”
Worldwide, the demand for sand and gravel is relentless and increasing. Mining, generally from open pits or by dredging, is unregulated in numerous areas and often illegal. In India, for example, sand “mafias” own developed, with gangs stealing sand from a river bend or a beach overnight.
A United Nations report this year noted that extraction of sand around the world is exceeding the rates by which it is replenished.
Sand removal along rivers and coastal regions often leads to greater erosion and harm to ecosystems, the report said.
In addition to better regulations, the report called for reducing the demand for sand and gravel through improved designs that cut the quantity of concrete in buildings and infrastructure. (Lighter designs would also assist address a climate change problem: Manufacturing of cement, the reactive ingredient in concrete, is responsible for about 5 percent of global emissions of carbon dioxide.)
Concerns about the supply of sand seem far off in Nuuk, population 17,500, where it’s possible to stroll from one finish of the city to another in less than an hour and where the Greenland government works out of an office building above a shopping mall.
Greenland’s capital, Nuuk, needs sand for its own plans to expand.
But even Nuuk has its sights on expansion.
There are plans to build thousands of homes and apartments to accommodate a population that is forecast to reach 30,000 by 2030. More immediately, work crews will soon start lengthening the airport’s sole runway to handle jets, which would assist Greenland’s nascent tourism industry.
Nicolai Mogensen, who runs Nuuk’s only concrete plant, is ready. This year he stockpiled additional sand, anticipating the start of the runway project. He currently has about 15,000 cubic yards, a little gray mountain next to the plant. It comes from a nearby fjord, sucked from the bottom by a dredge.
Nicolai Mogensen has stockpiled sand for the concrete plant he runs in Nuuk.
Mogensen, who has run concrete plants in Norway, Poland, Germany and Denmark, said he thought Dr.
Bendixen’s thought was a excellent one. “All these countries are running out of sand,” he said.
Mike Hoegh, who owns a marine salvage trade, extracts sand for use in Nuuk and other communities along the coast with his 150-foot dredging ship, the Masik Sioraq. On a recent afternoon, the ship was in a little fjord less than an hour’s sail from the capital.
What Dr. Bendixen and others envision would be on a much larger scale, extracting sand from fjords love Sermilik and loading large bulk carriers for shipment elsewhere. Ports and loading facilities would own to be built.
Bendixen said there could be environmental effects, which she and her colleagues will investigate as part of their study. With every the meltwater and sediment entering it, Sermilik Fjord’s ecosystem has always been disturbed, she said. “But we’d need to assess the impacts in the vicinity of Sermilik that a dredging industry would cause.”
Kaare Winther Hansen, the World Wildlife Fund’s representative in Greenland, said the fjords themselves were not that environmentally sensitive. “To my knowledge the biggest impact would be the shipping, and a risk of accidents with those ships.”
Dredging sand from one of Greenland’s fjords.
For his dredging trade, Mr.
Hoegh chooses areas where he knows the sand is excellent and there is little of the silt that was prevalent in the middle of the Sermilik Fjord. Nature tends to self-sort sediment: As a stream of meltwater enters the fjord and slows below, the largest and heaviest material — gravel — drops out first, followed by sand and finally silt. So one of the challenges of making large-scale sand extraction work would be to figure out a way to get to the sand and avoid the fine silt, which would not be useful for concrete.
On this, their first foray in pursuit of sand samples to analyze, Dr. Bendixen and her colleagues encountered some difficulties.
Even after motoring the dinghy farther into the murky water, every they were capable to sample was silt.
At one point Dr. Bendixen stepped out of the dinghy to tug it along. There was so much silt in the water, she said, it was love pulling the boat through paint. She hopes to use a helicopter for future fieldwork.
Dr. Bendixen said the goal of her studies is to give Greenlanders a thorough analysis of the prospects for developing a sand industry. But that’s where her involvement would end.
As Greenland warms and its ice sheet melts,
sediment pours out along with the water.
That might assist meet a growing worldwide demand for sand.
Over time, Greenland’s ice sheet pulverizes the bedrock below.
This silt, sand and gravel forms deltas in the fjords.
A 60-foot pipe is lowered to the seabed.
Water and sand are sucked up and into the ship’s hold.
The water is eventually displaced, leaving 450 cubic yards of sand.
“It’s up to Greenland itself to figure out if this is something it wants to do.”
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Whether you opt for buying an affordable premade fountain or decide to build your own, you’re bound to get some grand inspiration from these gorgeous features that highlight nature’s most significant element.
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Simple Urn Fourtain
I love the simplicity of this urn fountain because although it certainly is a beautiful and eye-catching feature in a garden, it isn’t too fancy or overbearing. Just make certain that your pot or urn is specifically designed to remain outdoors so that this will final and make it through every weather conditions.
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Amazing Vortex Water Feature
This visually appealing project can be perfect addition to any interior and yard.
It is extremely simple to build and has that soft water sound that can assist you relax instantly.
Tutorial Via: topdreamer.com
DIY Splashes Water Feature
Splashes of beautifully unused water pumping correct from the middle of a wooden wall installed in the backyard adds that perfect resort-like essence to your home, while bright white statues introduce some additional splendor.