Try This: Wheelbarrow Garden Fountain

Recycle two old wheelbarrows into a charmingly rustic garden fountain.


| July/August 2012


An old wheelbarrow is like an old friend—it’s been by your side through years of hard labor, stands the test of time, and you can always count on it to lend a helping hand.

But after years of companionship, a wheel goes flat, a leg starts to get a little rusty, and your old friend just doesn’t work as well as it used to. Don’t toss out that beat-up and battered ol’ barrow! Retire it to greener pastures as a one-of-a-kind water fountain. It will quickly become the heart of the yard and your trusty buddy will become the center of attention for all friends to enjoy.

Garden Fountain Supply List

Two people
Two metal wheelbarrows
Heavy-duty work gloves
Wire feed welder
26 feet of metal pipe (you will have some leftover pipe, just in case it’s needed)
2 feet of flat bar
Welding mask
Three tool heads to decorate tops of support pipe sections (we used a rake, shovel and pitchfork)
4-foot bubble level
Pond pump
Black electrical tape
Pond plants
Water
Extension cord (optional)

How to Make a Wheelbarrow Garden Fountain

1. Make sure wheelbarrows are water-tight. If not, seal leaks with a waterproof seal such as Flex Seal (available at hardware stores).

2. Determine which wheelbarrow will be your base and which will be your upper wheelbarrow (if wheelbarrows are different sizes, use the larger for your base). Using the level, determine the best position for your base wheelbarrow. You want your base to be as level as possible.

3. Because the handle end of a wheelbarrow sits lower than the front end, you will need to create a more level base for the handle-end of your base wheelbarrow. Weld a short (approximately 2-inch) piece of the flat bar vertically to each wheelbarrow foot (see photo), creating a small footing. Then weld a section (approximately 3 feet) of flat bar perpendicular to both footings to create a flat base for the handle-end of the base wheelbarrow to rest upon.





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