Mesmerize Your Guests With This Fancy Floating Fountain DIY

Mitch Couch
by Mitch Couch
7 Materials
1 Hour

Are you looking for a cool water feature to add to your outdoor space this summer? Then this floating fountain DIY project is for you! Guests will be captivated by its splendid illusion and the soothing sounds of running water.

This post was transcribed by a member of the Hometalk editorial team from the original HometalkTV episode.

For this project, I headed over to my local Home Depot to grab my floating faucet fountain parts.

Man holding brass outdoor spigot

You need a water spigot that goes on the outside of your house. You’ll want to make sure that the water flow goes straight down. This is key!

Drilling holes in an acrylic pipe

1. Drill holes in the acrylic pipe

You will also need a two-foot-long, half-inch-thick acrylic pipe that fits inside the spigot.

Drill about six to eight holes around the edges of the pipe. It's very important not to push too hard when you're drilling these holes. Just let the drill do its work.

We want to make sure that the pipe will fit inside the spigot once all the holes are drilled, so make sure to drill about a half-inch from the top of the pipe and then around the whole circumference.

Floating faucet fountain parts

2. Glue the pipe and spigot together

Now we're going to glue the pipe to the spigot. To do this, you will need a little bit of inexpensive two-part epoxy.

Combine the resin and hardener at a 1:1 ratio on a piece of cardboard and stir it with a stick or little spoon for about 30 to 45 seconds.

Being careful not to cover the holes, dab the epoxy on the end of the acrylic tube.

Sliding the epoxy-end of the tube into the faucet side of the spigot

Now take 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.

Wrapping a water fountain with painter's tape

3. Connect the pipe to the water fountain.

The other end of the tube is going to connect to a little water fountain. It's important that it has a good seal, so use plumber's tape to make sure it fits the tail end of the tube perfectly.

Placing a large plastic planter on the porch

4. Prepare the base

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

Stabilizing the plastic planter by placing bricks at the bottom

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

Drilling a hole in the side of the planter

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

Floating faucet fountain

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. You don't want that cord slipping around or any water leaking through.

Adding garden rocks to the floating fountain

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.

5. Add water

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 create the magical effect and make the water spout look like it's floating on top of the running water.

Once the water was added, I plugged it in and made sure the fountain worked.

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Floating fountain on front porch

How to build a floating faucet fountain

And there you have your floating fountain faucet, a beautiful focal point that will enchant your guests and your mailman!

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  • 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.

  • Ana Franco Ana Franco on May 25, 2023

    How was the acrylic tube secured?

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  • Sjt29229935 Sjt29229935 on May 25, 2023

    Excellent and professional presentation both in text and video. Thank you for a clear and concise explanation of a popular fountain project. Made it easy enough even I can build it. The only thing I found missing was the size of the pump you used. Saw the Amazon link, but be nice to have actual pump size in description. Otherwise, loved your presentation.

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    • Sjt29229935 Sjt29229935 on May 27, 2023

      Thaks, Jim. I was thinking the same thing. I have 3 fountains outside and one in our entry. Love the tranquility they provide. Nothing on the magnificent scale as yours. Beautiful. Enjoyed seeing the photo and the video on the link. We have the "Dancing Musical Fountain" in Grand Haven, Mi. It is a musical fountain on a hillside that is amazing and great fun to visit on a summer evening. Sure you appreciate and understand the magnitude and complex intricacies that go into designs the scale of yours and this one. The magic behind the Grand Haven Musical Fountain - YouTube Thanks for sharing the information and your work! Tour de Force!

  • Lizb1990 Lizb1990 on May 25, 2023

    This is such a cool idea! I think even a basic DIYer could pull this off! I look forward to showing this to my husband…