Do It Yourself: How to Make a Bubbling Rock Water Feature

Welcome to the wonderful world of DIY! Today, we’re transforming your garden into a peaceful oasis with our easy-to-follow guide on building a bubbling rock water feature. Roll up your sleeves; it’s time to add tranquillity to your space and discover the rewarding art of creating your own home features.

How do you make a bubbling rock water feature?

Building a bubbling rock water feature involves a few simple steps. You can start by developing a plan like this:

  • Step 1: Choose the location for your water feature, ideally a flat area in your garden.
  • Step 2: Source a suitable rock or stone with a flat top.
  • Step 3: Dig a hole at the chosen location, deep enough for a water reservoir.
  • Step 4: Place the reservoir, ensuring its level, then run a water pump line through it.
  • Step 5: Drill a hole through the rock, feed the pump line through, and secure the rock above the reservoir.
  • Step 6: Fill the reservoir with water, plug in the pump, and watch your bubbling rock come to life.

What materials are needed for a DIY bubbling rock water feature?

For this DIY project, you’ll need:

  • A rock or stone with a flat top
  • A water reservoir (pre-formed pond liner or similar)
  • A water pump suitable for outdoor use
  • A drill with a large bit for drilling through rock (if it doesn’t already have holes)
  • Plumbing supplies to connect the pump and rock
  • A level, shovel, and safety equipment

How to Build Bubbling Rocks 

It’s easier than you think.

Follow the steps in our latest infographic to build your own bubbling rock water feature. If a full-sized pond isn’t practical for your property, this is a great alternative (it’s a great alternative even if your property is large enough for a big pond).

Bubbling Rock Water Feature Guide: an infographic explaining how to create bubbling garden rocks.
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How do you maintain a bubbling rock water feature?

Maintaining your bubbling rock water feature is a straightforward process, but it requires regular attention. Always keep an eye on the water level in the reservoir; your pump could be damaged if it runs dry. It’s also essential to clean your water feature regularly to remove debris, such as leaves and algae, that may accumulate over time. For those living in colder climates, winterizing your water feature is crucial. This includes draining the water to prevent freezing and either removing the pump or covering it securely to protect it from harsh weather.

Everything You Need is at Grand River Natural Stone

Ready to create a garden oasis? Come by Grand River Natural Stone, your one-stop shop for all the necessary materials, including the perfect rocks for your bubbling water feature. Visit one of our 5 locations today!


Updated 2023.