Backyard Waterfall

Jenny and Lucas get up close with the mighty Niagara Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world, to learn all about its power. Then they pop in to the craft space to make a waterfall-inspired fountain!


  • Large basin
  • Terra cotta pots of different sizes
  • 250GPH water pump
  • 2 pieces of wood
  • Plumbers Putty
  • Decorative rocks
  • Spray paint and/or acrylic paint
  • Waterproof sealer

How to make it

Step 1: Paint the pots and let them dry. Add a layer of waterproof sealer. Let it dry according to packaging.

Step 2: Place the pump at the bottom of the basin and place two pieces of wood on either side of it.

Step 3: Put the basin where you want your waterfall to live permanently and fill it with water.

Step 4: Stack a large terra cotta pot on top of the wood and feed the hose of the pump through the hole.

Step 5: Use plumber’s putty around the pump hose to create a seal between it and the bottom of the pot.

Step 6: Repeat steps 2 and 3 with pots of different sizes to build up a waterfall. The spout of the pump should stick out of the top pot.

Step 7: Fill the basin with water and then turn on the pump and test the water flow. If it doesn’t work, try adding more water to the top pots and run the pump again.

Step 8: Fill the pots with rocks. Turn on the pump and watch the water flow down!


MAKE IT BIG, make it small

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