Nothing takes a garden space to the next level like a water feature. With "water gardening" rapidly increasing in popularity as a backyard trend, more and more people are finding creative ways to add water features to their yards. The increasing interest in water features is perhaps due to the calming aesthetic pleasure that water can bring to your yard. There is, after all, nothing more soothing than the gentle sound of a babbling fountain or pond. 

Due to the costs and maintenance required to install ponds, many people shy away from them. If you want a pond, but you're looking for something simple and cost-effective, then this DIY Rubbermaid pond is the perfect backyard option for you!

To complete this build, you will need the following items:

  • A plastic airtight container such as the Rubbermaid container that was used here
  • A small water pump
  • Several flat concrete stones (the amount of stones required will depend upon the size of the container you use)
  • Various decorative rocks
  • An aquatic plant or two for decoration
  • Optional: Algae inhibitor 


Step 1: Decide Where to Place Your Pond

There are many factors to consider when deciding where to place your pond. If you plan on using a plug-in filter, you'll need access to an outlet. If you plan on using a solar powered pump then you'll need to be sure to place your pond in an area that receives a lot of sunlight.

Once you've picked your location, use your container to trace the space for your hole.

Step 2: Dig Your Hole

After tracing your space out, dig your hole. It should be just deep enough to hold your Rubbermaid container. Once you're done digging, place your Rubbermaid container into the hole and use loose soil to make sure it's seated snugly. 


Step 3: Place Your Rocks

Add your rocks now, before filling your container with water. This will help you avoid overflowing your pond. You should use a variety of sizes when you're placing your rocks to create a visually dynamic and interesting rock structure. 

Step 4: Install Your Pump

Step 4: Install Your Pump
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You should also install your pump at this stage and use the rocks to hide it. If you use a solar pump, install your solar panel in an area where it will receive a lot of direct sunlight. If you want to hide your cord, you can dig a trench that runs up to your container and then bury your cord in it.