Craft project: how to make a fountain with clay pots

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Craft project: how to make a fountain with clay pots
Clay pots are available in a variety of sizes and shapes. (NA/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Create a decorative clay pot water fountain to add design interest to a flower bed, patio table or sunroom corner. Beginning craft artists can easily make and customise a clay pot fountain to suit any home or garden decor. Paint the clay pots with acrylics and flowering vines to add colour to the project, or leave natural clay pots unadorned to create a rustic-style fountain. Alter the clay pot sizes to suit your space, but use at least an 8-inch diameter pot for the fountain basin.

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Things you need

  • 30 cm (12 inch) diameter clay pot
  • 20 cm (8 inch) diameter clay pot
  • Terra cotta sealer
  • Paint sponge
  • Rubber sheet
  • Scissors
  • Waterproof construction adhesive
  • Silicone sealant
  • Brick pavers
  • Craft moss
  • Small submersible fountain pump
  • Flexible plastic tubing
  • Duct tape
  • Silk flowering vine

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Seal the inside and outside of one 30 cm (12 inch) and one 20 cm (8 inch) diameter clay pot. Terra cotta sealer works best for terra cotta pots. Allow the sealer to dry overnight. Omit this step if the clay pots have a nonporous, glazed surface.

  2. 2

    Cut a sheet of rubber to fit inside the bottom of the 30 cm (12 inch) diameter clay pot. Attach the rubber to the clay pot using waterproof construction adhesive. The rubber covers the drainage hole or holes often found in clay flower pots. Seal around the perimeter of the rubber with silicone sealant. Allow the adhesive and the sealant to dry for at least 24 hours.

  3. 3

    Place the 30 cm (12 inch) diameter clay pot in the desired fountain location. You can display this craft project indoors or outside. Make two side-by-side stacks of brick pavers that exceed the height of the 30 cm (12 inch) clay pot by at least 2.5 cm (1 inch). Place the bricks on the back of the 30 cm (12 inch) clay pot. The bricks are the platform for the smaller clay pot.

  4. 4

    Lay the 20 cm (8 inch) clay pot on its side, on top of the stacked brick platform. Position the 20 cm (8 inch) pot so the opening extends over the top rim of the 30 cm (12 inch) pot. Glue the clay pot to the bricks with waterproof construction adhesive. Allow the adhesive to dry at least one hour.

  5. 5

    Cover the brick platform with craft moss. Glue the moss in place with dots of waterproof construction adhesive.

  6. 6

    Insert a small submersible fountain pump inside the 30 cm (12 inch) clay pot. Drape the power cord over the back edge of the pot near the brick platform. Cut a length of flexible plastic tubing to run from the top of the fountain to the back side of the 20 cm (8 inch) pot, through the drainage opening at the base of the pot and at least 10 cm (4 inches) inside the 20 cm (8 inch) pot.

  7. 7

    Fit the tube over the fountain spout. Tape it in place with duct tape to assure a tight fit. Insert the opposite end of the tube through the drainage opening on the 20 cm (8 inch) pot. Tape the tube in place inside the 20 cm (8 inch) pot with duct tape. Do not cover the end of the tube.

  8. 8

    Decorate the fountain with a flowering silk vine to camouflage the plastic tubing and the power cord. Glue the vine in place with waterproof construction adhesive. Fill the 30 cm (12 inch) pot with water prior to plugging in the fountain pump. The water circulates from the 30 cm (12 inch) pot, through the plastic tube and out of the 20 cm (8 inch) pot to fall back inside the 30 cm (12 inch) pot.

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