So maybe an olympic size lap pool is out of your budget. Yea, us too. But trending for summer fun in the yard this year is an easy DIY project that uses something from the farm & ranch supply 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 metal, or poly as a liner for an unground version. Loving this fun idea!

DIY Stock Tank Pools

Tractor Supply Company has a great primer on creating a stock tank pool. It isn’t quite as easy as filling a kiddie pool from the hose, but it is a simple DIY. This tutorial will give you all the basics on how to create a site, pumps and sealants.



Stacey at ‘Embracing Motherhood’ has the happiest kids on the block! They even have a video tutorial on how to make a 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 stock tank pool! Waterfall? No Hillbilly Hot Tub here!


‘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 next one 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 pool!


If you want an easy and inexpensive way to cool off this summer, try a DIY stock tank pool with these step by step instructions! Want to remember this post? Pin this to your Pinterest boards for later! Once you have had time to cool off in the pool, check out these 12 DIY ideas for patios, porches and decks!

Image Credits: Tractor Supply, Embracing Motherhood, Let's Add Sprinkles, A Stroll Through Life, Sew and Tell Quilts, Good Home Design, Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest




  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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