Urn Fountains Go Grecian
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What’s a project I can build with an urn fountain?
Urn fountains are the ideal element to create the Grecian fountain. Using an urn is one way to create this classic look without spending a lot on your budget. Urn fountains have high appeal as focal points for any outdoor area. The urn itself would cost you about $400. You can get this project done for under $1,000. It'll likely cost you $2,000 if you hire a professional. Here's how you create the look yourself, courtesy of HGTV.com.
- You can start by finding an area for your Grecian urn fountain. If you already have an area for a rectangular planting bed, you have a head start.
- Mark the center of the area where your fountain will be with landscape paint.
- For your fountain basin, you can use a preformed plastic tub, which should run about $100 at a garden center.
- Dig a 20-inch deep hole to accommodate your tub.
- Pour sand in the hole to help you level out the area and place the tub in the hole.
- Fill the base of the tub with one inch of quick-setting concrete and trowel it smooth.
- Create a base for your urn with cinderblock. Notch a hole in the cinderblock to allow a 3/4-inch PVC pipe to extend through it. Have the short end extend outside of the cinderblock.
- Place the PVC pipe in the center of the cinderblock and fill the cinderblock's center with concrete to keep the PVC pipe in place.
- Stack cinderblocks on top of the first one to reach the appropriate height. Follow with an arrangement of cinderblocks encircling the central piece of cinderblock.
- Fill the remaining cinderblock pieces with concrete and allow them to cure for a few hours.
- Take your urn and drill a hole in the center of the bottom with a one-inch drill bit. Avoid applying too much pressure, which will crack your urn.
- Slide the urn over the pipe so that it rests on the cinderblock pedestal.
- Fill the tub with additional cinderblocks as support for your pool.
- Attach a 500-gallon per hour submersible pump to the other end of the PVC pipe.
- Drill a hole through the side of the tub beneath the rim to pull the electrical cord of the pump through.