Repurposed Water Fountain with Old Galvanized & Silverplate Parts

June 11th, 2012 in member junk     
gadgetsponge Brian Carlisle, contributor
19 users recommend

I've been wanting to create a water fountain for a while but was waiting for a good basin to catch and return all the water. Well, an old galvanized basin came along so there was no excuse any more. I created one of my metal birdhouse house structures for the water to spill out of up top. A crusty galvanized well water catch bucket gave me the height I needed. Some silverplate gravy bowls provided the catch and spill points I wanted along with a modified large silverplate bowl. With a galvanized millk can at the base, it was complete! There's a video on if you want to see it in action.

Pattern or design used: My own design - Brian GadgetSponge
posted in: member junk, metal, garden, upcycled, pitcher, silver, repurposed, gravy bowl, water, bowl, jug, well, splash, silverplate, galvanized, fountain, milk can, patio

Comments (13)

snelson4778 writes: Brian,
I have hesitated making a comment because I was so jealous! I have been wanting to make a fountain of sorts but have been intimidated, not sure why it seems easy enough, I mean the water and pump part, but after seeing yours maybe I will finally try it! anyway yours is so unique as usual. I love it!
thanks for keeping me inspired!

Suzanne Posted: 6:50 am on June 25th
Junkpony writes: This is awesome! Posted: 6:26 am on June 18th
LittleRedHen writes: Greetings Mr. Gadget Sponge!
It is a sad understatement to tell you your work is amazing! I love taking time to check out every detail. Your work makes me smile! Great and creative mind!

I also paid a visit to you beautiful website. It is loaded with fabulous photos and some fun info. I get a kick out of your butterfly plant. When I was a kid, we called it milkweed, because if you broke the stem, it bleeds a milk colored sap.

Thank you for the reminding!


Posted: 7:03 am on June 16th
JunkArchitect writes: Maybe your best creation yet, Brian...!

Jim Posted: 10:29 am on June 13th
sassycass writes: This is so amazing!! I would love this in my backyard!! You went above and beyond with this one! Posted: 10:21 am on June 13th
chippingcharm writes: Love hubby has been wanting to do a junky "water feature" for a while now too. Think I will show him yours...for a little inspiration :) Thanks, Laurel Posted: 5:23 am on June 13th
CottageElements writes: Brian, you really hit this one this one out of the park. What a stunning water feature. Great job once again!

Lani Posted: 3:52 pm on June 12th
gadgetsponge writes: Thanks so much everyone!! Posted: 9:23 am on June 12th
MillieBumbleBee writes: Oh I've wanted to make a fountain. I'm inspired now. Adore!! Posted: 8:37 pm on June 11th
LloydsLandingofSears writes: I went to your site to watch the video to see this glorious fountain in action (, and turned up my volume to make sure I could hear the water was wonderful! I love it! Another one of your brilliant creations is a success. This small projects I've posted so far are little nothings, but I hope to build up as I go! ~Mary~ Posted: 4:54 pm on June 11th
artteachergirl writes: This is wonderful Brian!!! Gravy bowls are so cute with it! Ya just know the right piece when you see it, and I'm glad you found the one to top it off!!! Good job! Best, Vicki Posted: 9:13 am on June 11th
NDJunkGirl writes: Brian, this is so neat - I just love it! It would look so great in anyone's backyard! Great job,

-Andrea Posted: 9:07 am on June 11th
suewhitney writes: I want everyone to know that I was just about to put up another post when I got this one from Brian. He said he was really excited about it.....and I can certainly see why so I posted it right away. Awesome job, Brian...LOVE it!!

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 8:28 am on June 11th
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