Repurposed Outdoor Fountain

You know those pictures that look one way when you are standing further back but as you get closer you see that the image is really completely different?

Like where you think you’re looking at a painting of a beautiful lake but when you get closer you realize that it’s a giant elephant….or something like that. 😉

You know what I’m talking about right? The ol’ trick of the eye!

repurposed fountain into tiered planter

Well, there’s something in my backyard that’s playing tricks on everyone!

Repurposed outdoor fountain turned planter You see, at first glance, this looks like a lovely garden path leading to a bird bath tucked among the plants.

garden path with bird bath

But, walk closer…keep coming…a little bit more…and you will soon discover that you’ve been deceived.

It’s not a birdbath after all. Nope! It’s a broken fountain turned bacteria filled science experiment.


yucky old fountain

After many failed attempts to trick myself into thinking that this really could pass for a birdbath I decided it was time to just re-purpose this baby and give it a whole new lease on life.

So, I filled it with potting soil…

bird bath filled with potting soil

…placed a clay pot in the middle…

building a tiered outdoor planter

….filled it with plants…

old fountain turned planter

…added another clay pot on top and filled that one too.

tiered outdoor fountain turned garden planter

No more tricks…no more deceit…no more bacteria.

Just a whole bunch of prettiness spilling out from top to bottom!

repurposed fountain turned planter

Now, are you ready to see a whole lot more prettiness??

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  1. says

    I love this idea and it so pretty!!! What is it with water fountains and breaking :) Our’s is being turned into a fireplace after it being an eye sore for way too many years. XXOO Kristin

  2. says

    Very pretty, Vanessa! I did this with a cement bird bath I had at our old house a few years ago. It was perfect in our front bed, but what a pain to keep it filled with water, especially in the hot summer sun. I didn’t put dirt in the bath itself, but got a pot that had hanging plants to sit in it, that kind of hid it, and it was a great way to bring some color up off the ground, too.
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  3. April Farley says

    Very charming ! I just love turning different things into planters. My husband has taken to scolding me over it. Ya have to many plants woman! Well I say can you REALLY have TOO many? :o)

  4. says

    Yep – those birdbaths gross me out too….as an ex-Microbiologist they gross me out even more lol!!! Same as those kiddie pools if they aren’t drained and filled routinely – yucko!! Anyway back to your gorgeous outdoor fountain!! How clever of you to stack the pots! I love the cascading plants you added too- soooo pretty! Wish I was hanging out with you admiring it in person this summer – it’s been so fun to party with you again sweet friend! xo Heather
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  5. says

    The fountain-turned-planter looks beautiful! I think that’s a great way to re-purpose a fountain or bird bath that isn’t fit for water anymore. I love the grass and other plants that you used in the display. I might have to try this out someday. Thanks for the idea!


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