Make your own indoor water fountain

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Make your own indoor water fountain
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Creating an indoor water fountain is a project you can complete in less than an hour, as long as you have your materials handy. Water fountains add ambience to a room while enhancing a soothing atmosphere with the soft gurgle and flow of water.

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Things you need

  • Large ceramic flower pot
  • Medium ceramic flower pot
  • Water fountain pump
  • Colourful glass stones
  • Half of a brick
  • Plumbers putty
  • Waterproof adhesive

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    How to Make Your Own Indoor Water Fountain

  1. 1

    Select two ceramic flower pots that best fit the decor of the room where you are placing your indoor water fountain. You will need two sizes: one large enough to house the pump, brick, and decorative stones; and a smaller one for the top of the fountain. Your local home improvement store should have a variety of pots to choose from, or you can visit a pottery warehouse for a huge selection. Hobby stores and home decor venues also carry ceramic flower pots, as do discount stores. The stones for this project can be anything that suits the ceramic pots. Colourful glass or tumbled river rock work beautifully.

  2. 2

    Place the pump into the large ceramic pot and feed the electrical cord through the opening in the base of the pot. Fill in around the cord with plumbers putty, making sure the ceramic pot is watertight. Alternatively, you can run the cord up the side of the pot and over the top, but you will likely want to add a plant to your indoor water fountain to hide it from view. Attach the plastic tubing to the pump.

  3. 3

    Stand the half brick on end in the centre of the large ceramic pot. Waterproof adhesive will work to secure the brick to the bottom of the pot. This is the stand for your top ceramic pot, so if a half brick is not tall enough, build your stand with two or three bricks until you reach the desired height.

  4. 4

    Feed the plastic tubing through the opening in the base of the small ceramic pot. Secure the opening with plumbers putty to make the top of your indoor fountain watertight.

  5. 5

    Create a mountain of colourful stones or river rock around the tubing, until only the opening at the top of the plastic tubing is visible. Waterproof adhesive, such as Liquid Nails, works great for keeping the rocks together. You may only need to secure the ones on the outside perimeter of your rock mountain.

  6. 6

    Fill in the large ceramic pot with rocks or glass stones until the pump and brick mechanisms are covered. Fill both pots with water before you turn on the pump.

Tips and warnings

  • Bamboo stalks make a lovely addition to your indoor water fountain.
  • Let your adhesive dry before adding water to your fountain.

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