Reuse old bathtub.




There is nothing nicer than on a sultry summer day to relax a bit from country worries near your own pond, enjoying the coolness emanating from it and watching the game of dragonflies above the surface of the water. There are many ways how to make a small decorative pond in the garden with your own hands, but it will be easier and more affordable to build it from an old bath. Filling the bath’s drain hole with gravel, digging it into the ground and filling it with water is the simplest option for constructing a reservoir in its area. But this method has significant drawbacks: firstly, the correct geometric shape will immediately give out the artificial nature of your pond, and secondly, the white enameled walls will quickly overgrow with a green bloom and create an unpleasant impression. Therefore, when constructing a pond from an old bath, it is necessary to take this into account,trying to smooth its shape and masking the white walls.

You need:
  • old bath;
  • cement-sand mixture;
  • gravel or gravel;
  • clay;
  • adhesive solution for tile or tile;
  • aluminum or steel mesh;
  • metal wire;
  • natural stones for decoration;
  • Master OK;
  • pliers;
  • scissors for metal.

Step by step process: 
  1. To begin with, it’s worth identifying a place suitable for our decorative pond from an old bath. For these purposes, an area near a fruit tree that is not very shaded, dry, and with fairly hard soil is ideal.
  2. We dig a hole in the size of the bathtub, 30 cm deeper than its height. At a distance of about 50 cm from the edges of the bathtub, we remove the turf layer by 30 cm. 
  3. We install the bath in the prepared hole, check the horizontal position of its installation using the level, close the drain hole and fill it with water. Then fill the space around the bathtub with sand and ram. The base of our pond is ready.
  4. We start decorating, for this, we dilute the glue for the tile according to the instructions, adding dark dye to it. Apply glue to the walls of the bath with a thin layer. It is not necessary to level glue, the more roughness will turn out, the better. If there is enough glue, then in the same way we will decorate the bottom of the bathtub. Cover the bath with foil and leave to dry for a day.
  5. We lay a grid, for this you can use either a continuous strip or cut it into 4 parts. Cover the upper edges of the tub and the wall with a grid to half the depth. At the corners we fix on the grid the rings of wire necessary for horizontal shelves at the corners of the bath.
  6. We will prepare the cement mortar and apply it to the grid, inserting decorative stones at the same time. There is no need to completely level the solution and cover the grid with it; just fix the grid and stones. Immediately seal the drain hole with cement and leave it to dry for several days.
  7. We will prepare a thick clay mortar and apply it on the walls of the bath, sealing up concrete and cracks in the stones. At the same time, the roots of moisture-loving plants can be fixed on the upper parts of the walls. At the bottom of the bath, pour dry clay with a layer of a few centimeters.
  8. We fill the pond with water, feeding it slowly, scattering the stream so as not to erode the clay. Our pond from the old bath is ready.
  9. We populate our pond, for this, several aquatic plants and a small amount of silt should be brought from a natural reservoir. Lay out large stones in the groove around our pond and plant marsh plants, and plant water plants inside.
  10. It is not necessary to change the water in the pond so as not to disturb the natural balance existing in it. It is only necessary to compensate for that part of the water that will disappear due to evaporation. For the winter, it’s not superfluous to throw several empty plastic bottles into the pond so that expanding ice will force them out.


Reuse old bathtub.