How to Make a Large Ball Fountain

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You can make your own large ball fountain using items like a tall pot, a bowl and a ball, but you will still have some design decisions to make to complete the job. You will need to decide whether your building materials should be terra cotta, metal or ceramic and whether your fountain bowl should be filled with smooth rock or glass marbles. After you have made all your choices you will have your own unique spherical water feature.

Things You'll Need

  • Tall pot (ceramic, metal or terra cotta)
  • Epoxy glue
  • Bowl (ceramic, metal or terra cotta)
  • Drill
  • Flower pot saucer
  • Sphere (ceramic, metal or terra cotta)
  • Marker
  • Grounded submersible pump
  • Glass marbles
  • Select a level area in your garden for the water fountain, near an electrical outlet. Place a tall pot with a 10 to 12 inch wide lip on the level area. Fill the pot halfway full of gravel. Make a mound of gravel around the bottom of the pot. Spread the gravel out around the pot 10 to 12 inches. This pot will be the stand for the fountain.

  • Spread epoxy glue around the lip of the pot. Place a 16-inch wide bowl on top of the pot and let the glue dry completely. The bowl will hold the water pump and sphere.

  • Put on your goggles and using a drill with a bit larger than the plastic pump tubing, drill a hole in the center of a 9-inch saucer. Drill a notch on the edge of the saucer large enough for the pump cord. Drill 2 more holes in the saucer for drainage. Place the pump into the bowl. Set the saucer upside down in the bowl, resting on the sides of the bowl above the pump, the fit should be snug.

  • Draw an x in the top center of the sphere with a marker. Put on your goggles and using a drill with a bit larger than the plastic tubing, drill a hole through the x in the top the sphere. Repeat this process for the bottom of the sphere if necessary (some spheres already have a hole in the bottom). Push the tubing through the top and bottom holes of the sphere.

  • Turn the saucer upside down and push the tubing through the center hole in the of the saucer then connect it to the pump. Place the electrical cord into the notch on the side of the saucer with the plug above the saucer and press the saucer down into the bowl above the pump.

  • Fill the bowl with water, plug the pump into an outlet and turn it on to test it and make sure it works, then turn it off. Fill the bowl above the saucer with glass marbles, then turn the pump on once more and leave it on.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use an outdoor electrical extension cord if necessary to connect the pump to an outlet.
  • The bowl and the sphere must be sturdy enough to drill through and the tall pot must be sturdy enough to act as a stand and hold everything, including the bowl and the sphere.

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References

  • Photo Credit water fountain image by Abrie Viljoen from Fotolia.com Vase on white image by Maksym Dyachenko from Fotolia.com Bowl image by Jellie from Fotolia.com
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