Do-It-Yourself Water Fountains

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Making a water fountain, whether for indoors, in the garden or on the patio, is a lot simpler than you might imagine. You can make almost any watertight container into a fountain, which means do-it-yourself fountain enthusiasts can be as creative as they like when designing water fountains. One of the most popular and timelessly elegant homemade water fountains uses ceramic pots or vases. At its simplest, a homemade water fountain uses a single pot, but you can make a unique water fountain from several.

Things You'll Need

  • Glazed ceramic pot/dish
  • Silicone sealant
  • Submersible fountain pump
  • Fountain pump hose
  • Scissors
  • Fountainhead
  • Galvanized wire (optional)
  • Wire cutters (optional)
  • Stones or crystals
  • Inspect the bottom of the ceramic pot for holes, such as those for drainage if the pot was designed as a planter. Fill holes with silicone sealant and leave the sealant to dry according to the sealant manufacturer's stipulated drying times. This kind of fountain can be placed on a porch or patio or even in the garden, so long as there is a power outlet nearby.

  • Place the submersible fountain pump inside the ceramic pot and run the electrical lead over the back of the pot. Set the water flow meter of the pump to half-strength. You can adjust it if needed later.

  • Attach the hose to the hose nozzle on the pump, located on the top of the pump or protruding from the side. Cut the hose so that it extends up to 2 inches shorter than the rim of the pot.

  • Attach the fountainhead to the end of the hose. A fountainhead is a small attachment that makes the water flow in different formations, from bell fountain sprays to star or shower sprays. They are typically 2 to 3 inches long. If the hose is a bit flimsy, or the height of the pot is too high for the hose to stand upright unassisted, cut a length of galvanized wire and wrap it around the hose so that the fountainhead stands upright in the middle of the pot.

  • Obscure the fountain pump with stones or crystals, or a mixture of the two, ensuring that the pump hose remains unimpeded. Fill the pot with water to around 1/2 inch under the rim.

  • Plug the electrical cord of the pump into a power socket and turn the power on. The water will flow up through the pump hose and out the fountainhead. If the flow of water is too strong or not strong enough, remove some of the stones to access the pump's flow meter and adjust it until the desired water flow is achieved.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are making a larger fountain that you plan to keep fish in, purchase a pump with an in-built water filtration system.
  • Top up the fountain weekly and clean it every three months to maintain proper function.
  • Drill a hole in the base of a second ceramic pot or vase large enough for the pump's electrical cord to go through, then place the pump inside the second vase and the vase inside the larger ceramic dish, then set up as you did the single-pot fountain.
  • Don't leave young children unattended near fountains.

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