Homemade Water Fountain Help

Homemade Water Fountain Help
So I am doing a project for my fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha, here at Ohio University. I have $150 and an awesome idea, but I am not sure how to approach it. I received this picture my dad found on the internet and I want to replicate it because it'll be cheap and fairly easy:

As you can see in the pic, it is a 3 tier water fountain made of kitty pools and I would like to say laundry baskets. I love the idea of the water draining into the bottom pools and that is pretty starightforward - drill holes in the top pools. However, like any other fountain, you need a pump to bring the cold water back to the top. Again, my entire budget is $150. So the pools will be like $10-20 each, and same with two baskets. I'm pretty good with tools, so if construction of any sort needs to be done, by all means. Again, I'm not familiar with pumps, but I don't need anything extravagant.

Also, our fraternity colors are gold, purple, and green. It would be sick to paint the water fountain with some cheap, waterproof paint. I can go over $150 a little if need be, but my budget is very limited - which is half the fun with this!

Final thing, this needs to be able to be taken down and stored away when we're not using it. So nothing can be permanently attached. I assume then we'd have to cut holes in the middle of the pools and laundry baskets for the pump to go to the top. But then we would need some sort of sealant on the insides of the pool to keep the water in.

Thanks for any and all help. I'm new to the website, and I look forward to using it more often as I see some other cool things on here!!

caitlinsdad3 years ago

It looks like you didn't upload the picture and attach it to this topic. Anyway, look at any home center or garden center for pricing out recirculating or pond pumps. Painting plastic is tough if you want it waterproof you should try to source your pools in that color or wrap with vinyl or something. Good luck.