How to Make a Waterfall From a Sheet of Glass

Written by matt scheer
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How to Make a Waterfall From a Sheet of Glass
Get a gentler waterfall effect. (Waterfall image by pamtriv from

Home waterfalls create lovely scenery and sounds, whether they're placed in a garden or in a hallway or living room. Using a sheet of glass gives a smooth surface for the water to roll down. You'll need more than just a sheet of glass, however. Fortunately, all the supplies can be bought at a hardware store, and the entire project will take you a single day.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Glass sheet
  • Water
  • Water pump
  • Tile glue
  • Tile
  • Pebbles
  • Garden planter or basin

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  1. 1

    Buy all the supplies at a hardware store. Ask the clerks to cut the sheet of glass for you to the dimensions you wish for the waterfall. Keep in mind that the pump tube has to reach from the basin to the top of the glass, so don't make the sheet longer than the tube.

  2. 2

    Cover one side of the glass with the tile, or another backing material, such as stainless steel. This hides the pump tubing and supports the glass. Spread the waterproof adhesive over a section of glass and press each tile firmly down.

  3. 3

    Fill the basin halfway with pebbles.

  4. 4

    Insert the pump and run the cable to an outlet. Do not plug in yet.

  5. 5

    Insert the supported glass into the basin and fill it with pebbles. The friction of the pebbles should help keep the glass upward. Lean the glass against a wall if it won't stay up by itself.

  6. 6

    Run the tube behind the glass against the tile. Glue the tube to the top of the glass.

  7. 7

    Fill the basin with water and plug in the pump.

  8. 8

    Turn on the pump. Adjust the pump settings as needed to change the amount of water flowing from the tube over the sheet of glass.

Tips and warnings

  • Check whether the pump works before submerging it under the pebbles by placing it in a tub of water.
  • Be careful when handling the glass. Plexiglass may be easier to work with if you're afraid you'll drop or break the glass.

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