See how an old bathtub was transformed into an elegant pond for just £50

Three days is all it takes!

Have you ever found yourself throwing something out, only to have it sitting in your hallway, garden or drive for months on end before you finally make a visit to the dump? If so, it might be worth you thinking about another use for that item. You never know, it could be turned into something completely different just like this bathtub garden pond transformation.

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Sheffield-based couple, Rachel Ball and her partner Kieron had removed an old bath after it became damaged but had left it outside in their garden for over eight months. 'I finally contacted a removal service, who wanted to charge between £60 and £80 to remove it,' Rachel told money-saving site

'Kieron and I wondered if it was possible to make it into a pond. Our daughter's birthday was coming up and she had been asking for pet fish. However, I didn’t like the idea of a fish tank as we don’t have much space for one in the house.'

Bathtub garden pond transformation

old bathtub makeover to pond with white stones

(Image credit: Rachel Ball)

Once they'd decided what they were going to do, it took the couple just three days to complete the transformation. Not only that, but they didn't have the hassle of getting the old bath removed and it only cost £50.


white bathtub with bamboo wall

(Image credit: Rachel Ball)

Having been left out in the garden, the old bath was the ideal vessel for a new pond. ‘We placed it at the top of our garden, where we had paving slabs,' says Rachel. ‘Last January and February there were severe winds, which had left us with fence panels that had blown through. We decided to use these as a base and frame for the new upcycled pond.'

Getting it water-tight

bath pond with white pond stones

(Image credit: Rachel Ball)

‘I made a pond guard out of some old dado rail and garden netting from the shed,' says Rachel. 'Then I looked for a fish pump on Facebook Marketplace and came across one for £30.’

The couple's old swimming pool had burst and was lying around in their shed, so they used this as a protective sheet for the hole and plug, filling it up with a hose pipe that they connected to their jet wash. ‘Unfortunately, the next morning it leaked,' says Rachel.  'I rang my local garden centre and they helped me with getting a pond liner, which was £22.99.'

Building the frame

bath pond frame with white stone and bamboo wall

(Image credit: Rachel Ball)

Once the new liner was in and the pond was watertight, the couple began building the top frame and started the front panelling. 'We secured the panels with an additional piece of wood,’ says Rachel.


bathtub makeover into pond with wooden frames

(Image credit: Rachel Ball)

You'd never guess that the finished pond is in fact an old bath, would you? See more of Rachel's garden project here.

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Tom Church, co-founder of, says: ‘Creating a pond can be costly, so repurposing old items, such as a bathtub, is a great way to get the project done on a budget. If you want to use your own tub to create a pond, I’d recommend keeping it above the ground so that small animals aren’t at risk of falling in.'

'Don’t forget to find a decent recirculating pond pump and filter, which should be sufficient for the estimated water volume of the tub. And decorative ponds often contain aquatic plants – don’t get these mixed up with tropical pond plants, which need to be stored indoors if you live in a particularly cold area.'

Laurie Davidson

Laurie Davidson is a professional stylist, writer and content creator, who lives and breathes interiors. Having worked for some of the UK’s leading interior magazines, styled homes up and down the country and produced sets for TV shows, adverts and top brands, it’s safe to say Laurie has had a pretty exciting career. Find her on Instagram at @lifeofaninteriorstylist or over at