When you think of backyard ponds, there are various options you can explore to get the perfect water feature that will not just add life to your backyard, but also turn into a greener more natural refuge. Let us explore here a very simple way of making a reservoir that will definitely not cost you an arm and half. Rest assured, you can also involve your kids and make them part of this restoration routine for them to love the backyard addition even more. Adroitness should be instilled at a tender age and should begin right from the home!

Things you’ll need:

  • A big old tire
  • Rocks of various sizes
  • Shovel
  • Jigsaw
  • Tarpaulin or thick plastic sheet
  • Gravel and buckets of sand


  1. Start off with marking the radius of your tire onto the ground. Then dig the sand off within the radius with a shovel to fit in the tire.
  2. Now cut the upper part of the tire and wrap the plastic sheet around it. Make sure the plastic sheet is super intact from top, down, right and left, around the tire and does not leave any unopened spaces.
  3. Now using the shovel, put the sand around the tire to fix it inside the ground. This should then appear to be a low-rise dome with a wide opening (that of the tire).
  4. Once you’ve fixed the tire with sand around it, the task comes down to fixing the sand. This is where the gravel will come in handy. Put the gravel on the sand around the tire and using a shovel apply pressure downward so the gravel clings to the sand. Make sure not to leave any part of the sand uncovered.
  5. You’re almost done! Now you just have to place rocks of various sizes around the graveled-sand to taper off the edges and make it appear like a rockery landscape.
  6. As a last step, add greens around. Maneuver the soil for some grass to grow in your backyard and specifically plant some shrubs and flowers around the pond you just created to add in color.
  7. Once done, add water to it through a pipe and faucet.
  8. Add accessories around the pond, like a lamp or stone statues, to make it look prettier. You can also put fish in it which can be your children’s best friends for the summer.
  9. Maintenance is the key. Learn how to change the water often. The smaller the pond, the trickier the ritual gets.

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