Is an Olympic size lap pool not in your budget? We get it. For summer fun in the backyard, try this easy DIY project that uses supplies from the farm & ranch store. Stock tank pools are the perfect plunge pool to cool off from the heat, yet take up very little space and don’t cost a lot to DIY. You can install them above ground, or dig them in. Choose galvanized stock tank pools, or poly as a liner for an in-ground version. Loving this fun idea!



DIY Stock Tank Pools

So there are lots of ways you can go about setting up a stock tank pool. You can be as simple or complex as you want. Some people simply fill their tank with water and just drain and refill it as necessary. Others create a more traditional “pool” by adding pool pumps, filters and chlorine. These tutorials walk you through all different viewpoints. Worried about problems with your pool? Here are a couple of the most common concerns, and how you can deal with them.


Potential Problems & Solutions

Don’t these stock tank swimming pools breed mosquitos? 

Any standing water can potentially breed mosquitos. You can either use a pump to keep water moving (they only breed in still water), cover the tank when not in use with mosquito netting, or use pool chemicals to control them.

Does the galvanized metal get hot and burn you?

Metal does get hot in the summer sun. Make sure you position your pool under afternoon shade. You can also cut a pool noodle in half lengthwise, then wrap onto the rim of the pool. This will keep you from getting burned when getting in or out of the pool. BTW, you can also buy stock tanks in a commercial plastic version instead of metal.

How do you prevent algae?

Once again, you have choices. Change your pool water frequently, or use pool filters and chemicals.

Do these look “trashy”?

We will let you make that judgement once you have scrolled down and not only looked through all the tutorials, but our Instagram inspiration as well! Our vote? Trendy, not trashy!


Where To Buy Stock Tanks

You have a few options depending on what size stock tank pool you want and where you are located. If you happen to have a farm supply store near you, that might be your best bet. We did find a couple on Amazon with really good reviews and believe it or not, free shipping! 6 ft is the largest we could find on Amazon. 8 ft would be great, but a 6 footer will do nicely as well.

Update: Unfortunately since we wrote this post, Amazon has started to charge shipping on these items!

If you happen to live in Washington or Idaho, Tractor Supply Co carries quite a selection and you can order online and pick up at the nearest store.


Stock Tank Pool Ideas & Projects

Sunwoven Studio‘ starts us off with an easy primer on a simple stock tank swimming pool. They painted theirs to make it look picture perfect, and it does! They also link to a video tutorial for easy installation.


Stacey at ‘Embracing Motherhood‘ has the happiest kids on the block! They even have a video tutorial on how to make a galvanized stock tank pool!


Katie and her husband from ‘Let’s Add Sprinkles‘ made this cute little oasis in their hot Texas garden for less than $300! Great DIY stock tank pool tutorial – they leveled the land and added decomposed granite for the pool “pad”. Can’t you see yourself soaking in this on a hot July afternoon?

Wanna Stay Cool? DIY A Stock Tank Pool!


Marty from ‘A Stroll Through Life‘ was so inspired by the last tutorial from ‘Let’s Add Sprinkles’, that she and her family made their own DIY pool! Cool waterfall? No Hillbilly Hot Tub here!


First of all, if you read our blogs regularly, you know we love the Palm Springs area. This galvanized stock tank swimming pool is perfect for cooling off in the desert heat! This is one of the most complete tutorials we came across, with tons of great info. From ‘The Joshua Tree House‘.


Sew and Tell Quilts‘ did an in-ground version of a DIY stock tank pool. This tutorial has lots of photos, and they also shared what went wrong to try to save you some headaches. Ahhhh! The beach umbrella is the perfect finishing touch to keep you from burning while keeping cool.


This galvanized stock tank pool was made with gorgeous decking, from ‘Good Home Design‘. The tutorial is photos only, but there are tons of great tips in the comments of this post! Building it into a slope created a more “built in” pool feel, especially with the deck.


Here is a DIY stock tank pool done by ‘Hot Tub Advice‘ on Pinterest. No tutorial, but great inspiration on how to create your own little hideaway! (A cool one!) Love the privacy screen and the stepping stones leading right up to it. This makes it look like an important part of the landscaping, not an afterthought.


This DIY pool was uploaded by Pinterest user Rebecca, and just goes to show what you can do with the tutorials you have already seen! Great inspiration!


Another Pinterest user upload by Sara, this is cool copper DIY stock tank swimming pool!


Stock Tank Swimming Pool Instagram Inspiration

So if you thought those tutorials were cool, wait until you check out these Instagrammers’ stock tank pools! Pure inspiration… Nothing “trashy” here! Lovin’ this!


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Casandra not only has this awesome DIY pool for us to check out, she also happens to have the coolest Etsy store, ‘Against the Grain‘. It’s all about handcrafted wood signs. Love the talent here!


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If you want an easy and inexpensive way to cool off this summer, try a DIY stock tank pool! And if you want to be stylin’ in or around your wonderful backyard pool, check out our post “Cupshe reviews are in – gorgeous swimwear under $30” on our sister site OhMeOhMy. And don’t forget sunscreen – check out our post on how to make DIY safe & natural sunscreen. Also, jump on over and check our post on DIY Outdoor Cabanas at our gardening site, The Garden Glove.

Image Credits: The Joshua Tree House, Sun Woven Studio, Embracing Motherhood, A Stroll Through Life, Good Home Design, Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest

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  1. shelly May 29, 2017 at 10:51 am

    how do you drain the water when it need to be changed?

    1. Kathy Woodard May 30, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      I believe there are directions in the tutorials on adding drain plugs, etc…

  2. Sharon SPOELSTRA May 30, 2017 at 11:34 am

    My kids are in their 20’s now but when they were little we didn’t have much money. My husband found a stock tank on clearance at the farm supply store. He brought it home and our boys had many happy hours in there. Thanks for the memories.

    1. Kathy Woodard May 30, 2017 at 5:00 pm

      Thx for sharing Sharon!

  3. Josephine Liban June 24, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Hi Kathy! I am Josephine from the Philippines. Where and how can I buy a DIY stock tank pool.I have two kids who loved swimming. I have bought an inflatable pool for about 5 times but they easily got holes. When I have read your blog I was really amazed with the different designs of indoor pool but because of lack of budget I have chosen the DIY pool. Hoping for your positive response. Thanks.

    1. Kathy Woodard June 26, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      We find them here in the states at a ranch and farm supply store! Hope that helps!

  4. Lanay July 31, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Can you use pool chemicals in it to clean it or does it have to be drained and refilled every time?

    1. Kathy Woodard August 15, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      You can attach a pool pump and use chemicals to keep it clean!


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