How to Make a Jar Fountain

Overview

An outdoor water feature adds a delightful note to any backyard, deck or patio, while an indoor fountain brings a soothing ambience to your home. Many people think a water feature requires a huge yard or a huge investment in money, but this doesn't have to be the case. In fact, you can make a small, simple outdoor or indoor fountain for just a few dollars and a minimal investment of your time. A more elaborate tiered fountain is only slightly more difficult to make. You can tuck such a fountain into a cozy, quiet spot in your yard or house to add the beautiful sound of burbling water to your life.

Simple Outdoor Fountain

Step 1

Stack bricks in the bottom of the ceramic jar and place the pump on top of the bricks. You want the pump to be about three inches below where the water surface will be. If the pump is too low in the jar, you can add more bricks.

Step 2

Run the electrical cord over the top of the ceramic jar and to the nearest electrical outlet. Do not plug the pump in yet.

Step 3

Fill the jar with water and plug in the pump. Your fountain is complete!

Tiered Outdoor Fountain

Step 1

Use the ceramic drill bit to drill a hole in the center of the plain pots and of the small and medium decorative jars.

Step 2

Place the pump in the bottom of the large ceramic jar, running the cord over the top edge of the jar and attaching the copper tube to the pump outlet.

Step 3

Place one plain pot upside down over the pump in the large jar. The copper tube should go through the hole you drilled.

Step 4

Place the medium decorative jar on top of the upside-down pot, with the copper tube going through the hole you drilled.

Step 5

Place the second plain pot upside down inside the medium decorative jar, with the copper tube going through the hole you drilled.

Step 6

Place the small decorative jar on top of the upside-down pot, with the copper tube going through the hole you drilled.

Step 7

If necessary, trim the copper tubing so it is one inch lower than the height of your fountain.

Step 8

Fill the jars with water and plug in the pump.

Simple Indoor Fountain

Step 1

Place the pump inside the glass or ceramic container, running the cord over the top edge of the container. You want the pump outlet to be an inch or two below the water level: if you need to raise the pump, place the juice glass under the pump.

Step 2

If your glass or ceramic container is transparent, you will want to hide the pump. Place the drinking glass upside down over the pump to protect it, and then add pebbles or aquarium gravel to the glass or ceramic container.

Step 3

Add water to the glass or ceramic container and plug in the pump. Your indoor fountain is complete!

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not allow the water level in the fountain to fall below the level of the pump or the pump may be damaged.

Things You'll Need

  • For the simple outdoor fountain:
  • Ceramic jar with a diameter large enough to accomodate a standard brick and the water pump
  • Two bricks
  • 90-120 gallon per hour submersible water pump
  • For the tiered outdoor fountain:
  • Three decorative jars in graduated sizes, with openings wide enough that the pots can nest inside each other
  • Two plain pots or glasses that will fit upside down inside large and medium decorative jars
  • Drill
  • 1 inch ceramic drill bit
  • Copper tubing three inches longer than combined height of decorative jars and same diameter as fountain outlet
  • 90-120 gallon per hour submersible water pump
  • For the simple indoor fountain:
  • Glass or ceramic jar wide enough to accomodate the pump
  • 60-90 gallon per hour submersible water pump
  • Juice glass that will fit inside the glass or ceramic jar (optional)
  • Drinking glass large enough to cover the pump (optional)
  • Pebbles or aquarium gravel (optional)

References

  • Casa Sugar DIY: A Terra Cotta Fountain
  • Better Homes and Gardens: Fountain in a Pot
  • The Artful Crafter: Table Top Water Fountain
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About this Author

Stacey Schifferdecker has worked as a professional writer since 1989. She holds a Master of Arts degree in English from Oklahoma State University. Schifferdecker has written and edited user guides, newsletters, brochures, curriculum, proposals, web copy, and ebooks.

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