Floating Fountain DIY

Mitchell Couch
by Mitchell Couch
7 Materials
$30
1 Hour
Medium

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Looking for a cool water feature to add to your outdoors this summer? This is for you!

For this project, I headed over to my local Home Depot and grabbed a water spigot that goes on the outside of your house. You’ll want to make sure that the flow of the water goes straight down. That is key! The look and build of the rest of it is not so important.

Now we're going to grab a two foot long, half inch acrylic pipe. We want to make sure it fits inside the spigot. Next, we're going to take a drill, and we've got to drill about six to eight holes around the edges. It's very important not to push too hard when you're drilling these holes. Just let the drill do its work. Drill all the way around and about a half inch away from the top of the hose, but not too far away, because once we get all the holes drilled, we want to make sure that it's going to fit inside the spigot.

 

So the next step is we're going to grab some two part epoxy, just some inexpensive glue, and you're going to dab this on maybe a

piece of cardboard. The ratio for this is 1:1, so you want to squeeze out a bit of one part and then you're going to grab the other and put about an equal amount on your cardboard. It's not critical to be that exact. Take a little spoon or a little stir stick and stir it up. Only takes about 30 to 45 seconds of stirring. Then what you're going to do is put it on the end of the tube. Do not cover the holes. That's important. Just dab it on there, just a little bit on the ends. It doesn't take much.

Once you've got it on there, go ahead and grab your spigot and slide the epoxy-end of your tube into the faucet side of the spigot. You're going to need to hold this for about three to four minutes until it sets.


Now the other end of the tube is going to connect to a little water fountain. Make sure it has a good seal, so use plumbers tape to make sure it's a perfect fit for the other end of the tube.

Now onto the base! Use a large plastic planter as your fountain base. I put mine right next to the door.

I added some bricks to stabilize the bottom of the fountain. You don't need too many, just 4 or 5.

Next, I drilled a hole in the side of the planter. This is where I'll feed the plug for the fountain through.

Once I had my plug through, I pulled the cord to the length I wanted and then sealed off the hole with some clear silicone. Don't want that cord slipping around or any water leaking through.

To cover the fountain mechanism and the bricks, I added some garden rocks. I poured in just enough to cover the bricks. I didn't want to cover up too much of the tube or it would ruin the final look.


Next, I poured in some water. I didn't want the water to be seen so I filled it up just enough so that it was underneath the rocks. That's what's going to cause the magical effect.

Once the water was added, I plugged it in. And there you have it! A never-ending water fountain that will enchant your guest and your mailman!

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  • Lori Ward-Laatsch Lori Ward-Laatsch on Jul 14, 2022

    So the water stays in the tube? I am a little confused by that but it looks cool.

  • Gloria Gloria on Jul 15, 2022

    I LOVE IT!! But dummy me, a little confused. Not sure why you drilled the 6 or 8 holes. I understand connecting the acrylic pipe to pump and other end to faucet but why the drilled holes. thank you

  • Gracie Gracie on Jul 21, 2022

    What keeps the water from coming out of the other end of the spigot? I didn’t see him block it.

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