If you don’t have the space or the time to devote to a garden pond, consider a small water fountain or container garden, they’re easier to maintain and just as lovely. Here is a selection of free tutorials and projects that I’ve handpicked from around the ‘net, most are very simple to put together and some even include plant ideas and recipes to try. A few of these projects have been previously featured on Tipnut and moved here for one handy project sheet, enjoy!
Build A Fountain/Container 
: A simple design that incorporates a glazed ceramic pot that you place at an angle so you hear the sound of flowing water.
With Stacked Rocks : Fountain-ize most any leftover garden ornament or drill holes in a stack of rocks you found on-site, turning it into an enduring monument to tranquility.
Bowl or 1/2 Barrel 
: Choose a container that’s at least 6 inches deep, with a dark interior and no drainage hole, or a half barrel with a plastic liner. A glazed terra-cotta pot can also be used.
Bubbling Urn : Materials needed include a water feature urn, large terracotta pan, pond pump, plastic-coated grille, pond liner, cobbles, hose and bricks.
: Small-container water gardens are actually a collection of submerged potted plants, so redesigning a planting is as simple as moving the pots around.
Pyramidal Pots : Super easy to make! Stacked pots filled with a pump and filled to the brim produce sounds reminiscent of lapping waves.
Whiskey Barrel 
: Made with a whiskey or wine barrel, pond liner, a pump, pond tubing, cedar board & an antique hand pump (or other decorative feature).
Soothing : Made with two glazed pots (a shallow bowl nests snugly inside the larger pot), a bucket, and a small recirculating pump.
: Constructed with a strawberry jar, azalea pot, and terra-cotta bowl, this fountain is ideal for a deck or patio. It will beckon you to relax by its soothing bubbling water.
Homemade Patio Fountain : Made with river rocks, a large garden pot, hardware cloth and a fountain kit.
Unique Project 
: Wow, is this nice! Made with a sheet of decorative aluminum, some boards and common plumbing parts.
How To Make A Stock Tank Pond : Step-by-step instructions from digging out the location and filling it with plants and water.
Mini Water Garden Oasis 
: Three quick project ideas, one uses a washtub, the other idea is a grassy fountain and the last is a sand wedge made with two metal containers.
Also see this Container Water Garden Recipe from hgtv.com  and tips to Grow A Pond In A Pot .