Classic Urn Fountain

Do-it-Yourself Project Tutorial

How to Build A

Small Pond

Items You Will Need:

  • 7 x 10 ft. PVC Pond Liner
  • Complete Filter Kit with Pump
  • ½ in. ID Vinyl Tubing
  • Ceramic Frog Spitter
  • Floating Lily Variety Pack (optional)
  • Rocks and mulch
  • Rope or string
  • Shovel

Step by Step



Start by using a piece of string or rope to mark the shape and location of the pond. For this 200 gallon pond, the overall dimensions will be approximately 2 ft. x 5 ft., with a depth of 1.5 ft.


Once you are happy with the shape, start digging the first tier of the pond. We recommend having levels in your pond. This will provide a shelf to hold plants and accessories.


Begin digging the second tier of the pond. Keep some dirt for leveling if needed.


Lay the liner. There should be at least a 10-12 in. overhang. If roots and/or debris are present, line the bottom with old carpet or sand to protect the liner from punctures.


Begin filling the pond. Adjust the liner edges, smoothing any wrinkles as it fills. Stop filling halfway.


Assemble the Complete Filter Kit with Pump using the nozzle head of your choice.


Using ½ in. ID Vinyl Tubing, connect the Ceramic Frog Spitter to the diverter valve on the assembled Complete Filter Kit with Pump (tubing and spitter not included in the kit).


Place the Complete Filter Kit with Pump assembly in the center of your pond and continue filling the pond with water.


Add Chlorine Remover before adding any fish or plants to water. Chlorine Remover detoxifies heavy metals from water and instantly removes chlorine and chloramines.


While the pond is filling, secure the liner with stones. Add a ledge of decorative rocks around the perimeter to hide the liner edge. The ledge can be a couple of inches deep.


Fold the liner under or trim the excess. Then landscape around your pond with plants and mulch to disguise the liner edge.


Add floating lily pads to your pond for a personal touch (these can be real or fake). Enjoy!