Bunch O Balloons DIY Fountain

This summer we discovered "bunch o balloons” (self-filling water balloons), and boy are they a bunch of fun! The nephews/grands enjoyed many water balloon fights with them!
We discovered once the balloons were gone, we were left with plastic water hose fittings which looked like they’d make an awesome DIY fountain.
The finished fountain looks great on Steph's porch!
Watch the video above!
Having fun with bunch o balloons!
The leftover hose fittings from Bunch O Balloons.
Step one was to clean up an old, dirty terra cotta pot we found in the backyard and then painting it with a pop of color.
An old metal serving tray was found in mom’s garage which fit perfectly into the top of the pot. We drilled a hole in the middle of the tray for the balloon hose to fit through and drilled additional holes though the metal top for water to drain. The tray was then painted with the same paint as the pot.
In the garden department of Home Depot, we picked up a basic fountain pump, tubing, and hose adapter.
We wanted the fountain power cord to come out the bottom of the pot so we first enlarged the hole to fit the plug through, then we cut a piece of foam to the size of the hole to fit around the cord.
Then we sealed the hole so it was leakproof, we used Sugru, which is a waterproof, moldable glue.
We cleaned up an old planter stand and used it to hold the fountain on Steph's porch. We filled the pot with water to cover the pump.
Then we screwed the balloon hose in place, put the metal plate on top, and added clear rocks.
Plug in the pump and done! This fountain is a great addition to Steph's porch. This idea could be used in other fountain or pond configurations. We can also switch out the balloon hose if this one gets damaged or we want a different color.
The LED lights really look cool at night!
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  • Janae Schlageter
    Janae Schlageter
    on Apr 26, 2018

    What are balloon hose fittings I've never heard of them

    • Amy Dickerson
      Amy Dickerson
      on Apr 27, 2018

      They come in the “Bunch O’ Balloons” water balloon packages for kids. They attach to the water hose so you can fill lots of balloons at once.

  • Beccie Therrien
    Beccie Therrien
    on May 1, 2018

    Clever Idea...!!!

    What is the name of the 2 plants,

    next to your Awesome Fountain?

  • Skilled Thrifty Creatives
    Skilled Thrifty Creatives
    on Jun 30, 2019

    Super cool, but does the water spray out over the pot? I couldn't tell from the photo where the water stream was? The night view is beautiful.

    • Mother Daughter Projects
      Mother Daughter Projects
      on Jun 30, 2019

      There is some splash out over the edge. Not terrible though but enough that you'd need to be sure the water level stay high enough for it to work.

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  • Trudi Davis
    Trudi Davis
    on Apr 18, 2018

    Thank you so much for sharing. Now I know what to do with theses balloons pieces. I have old fountain that looks like a pump its plastic. If it does not work I will use flower pots. I have lots of these plant stands white and green. You are a life saver.

  • Marilyn
    Marilyn
    on May 10, 2020

    You didn’t mention anything about how to put lights and are they cordless


    • Mother Daughter Projects
      Mother Daughter Projects
      on May 10, 2020

      They are battery powered and can be submersed in water. They are little spheres, but you can find various kinds on line. They are simply laid on top.

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