Portable Faux Concrete Tabletop Solar Fountain

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Assemble a small portable solar fountain for your deck, patio, or sunny window using supplies from the dollar store and hardware store!

Sitting outside in warm weather of course is glorious. Why not make a simple faux concrete tabletop fountain to enjoy it further?

This fountain was super easy to make using foam rings, a terrarium dish, and a dog bowl from the dollar store.

You'll also need some skim coat concrete or patch plus the solar fountain along with some construction adhesive, powdered joint compound, and some latex paint.

Let's get started!

First, glue the rings together and into the terrarium dish using the construction adhesive.

When that's dry, sand the plastic dish with some 60 or 80 grit sandpaper to roughen up the surface so things will stick to it better. Next, give that plastic dish a light coating of spray primer.

When that's all dry, time to mix your DIY foam coat which is a 50/50 combo of powdered joint compound and latex paint. This creates a hard coating on top of the foam to protect it and to seal up the foam.

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Next, time for the faux concrete part! I used a skim coat patch product but any kind of feather edge skim coat concrete will work here. Mix some up according to the package and spread it onto the foam ring base with a chip brush.

Ok, spray time. Spray seal the skim coat with an acrylic or similar sealer. This won't completely water nor weatherproof your fountain but will protect it some.

Spray the dog bowl with some spray paint meant for plastics if you'd like. This is definitely optional but as the bowl was white and the fountain black, I didn't want the contrast to make me batty.

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Now it's just assembly time! Squish the dog bowl into the foam ring top, take your fountain outside and stick in your solar birdbath fountain. Fill it with water and...


So easy, right? And it's portable and cute and makes great gurgly relaxing water sounds!

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  • Heather Heather on Jun 10, 2022

    What size foam rings were used? I love this idea but the Amazon recommendations do not provide links.

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