It’s SO easy to make your own mini pond…its perfect for a small patio space and you can also keep it inside!
Check out the step-by-step tutorial below and don’t forget to pin this post for later.
diy indoor pond
p.s. check out the step by step tutorial at the bottom of the post for exactly how to make it + links for the specific products i used.
To make this indoor pond, you’ll need a planter pot in whatever size you choose — one without holes.
Check out the step-by-step tutorial below for how to convert a planter with drainage holes into a pot with no holes for your pond.
keeping it clean
To keep your pond clean, I recommend a 15% water change each week. Simply turn off the fountain pump, grab a pitcher and take some of the pond water out and discard (about 15%). Fill the pond back up with fresh water. You might need to add a bit more if you’re in a dry climate where water evaporates easily.
growing plants & chlorine remover
You can grow real plants in your indoor pond! Before you plant them, you’ll probably want to use chlorine remover to make the water safe for your plants. Just add it in according to the directions on the back and you’ll be good to go!
You can also add faux greenery made for ponds — like these pond lily pads — if you don’t want to have to worry about caring for real plants.
SET UP YOUR POND
01. check to make sure your pot holds water — place it in the bathtub and fill with water. Come back in 15-30 minutes to check for leaks. If it leaks, see the steps for sealing down below
02. Fill the pot with water
03. Place the pot fountain across the tip of the pot. Secure the submergible pump to the inside of the pot, a few inches under the waterline.
04. Plug in the pump and TA-DA!
LILY PADS: These faux lily pads from Home Depot are a fun way to add a pop of color + decor to your pond. I picked the ones with white flowers for a chic look
CHLORINE REMOVER: Your indoor pond can grow real plants! First, you'll want to add the chlorine remover to your water to ensure your plants can grow. Then choose water plants like lily pads and plant away
SEALING POT HOLES:
If you fall in love with a pot with holes in it, you can seal them to create a pond.
The best way to seal is silicone — add a piece of tape across the hole on the outside of the pot. Flip the pot over and fill the other side of the hole with silicone. Once the hole is full, smooth some silicone across it and onto the inside of the pot to create a tight seal around the hole. Let dry 24-48 hours then move to step 01.
See the full blog post for tips on cleaning + water changes