Introduction: Cardboard Fountain
This fun little project uses mostly plain ole cardboard!
My art club had a contest called "Thinking Outside The Box" where we all got a cardboard box and was told to create something new!
I just cut multiple circles in various sizes, plus created a trick to make the cool fake "water" to replicate a pretty fountain. It was pretty popular!
Step 1: Cardboard Fountain- Materials
I started out with cardboard, some various sized dishes, pencil, watercolor set, clear latex silicone caulk, glue, one metal skewer, scissors or an exacto knife and a spare mirror.
Step 2: Create a Design You Like
I designed what I thought looked like a pretty fountain shape out of various sized dishes, bowls and vases I had around my house to have an idea of what shape I wanted to recreate.
I used the dishes to draw their shape on the cardboard and cut out multiples of them (the larger ones in a ring shape..open in the middle) until they were the heights and sizes I liked.
I ended up cutting the large dish size carefully enough to be able to use the inside of the cardboard as some of the smaller discs. I eyeballed the shapes I needed to, comparing them with the previous shape and cutting off small amounts to replicate the shape of the shapelier vase.
Step 3: Building the Fountain
I sandwiched a piece of mirror I had (all steps not shown here...I didn't take some pics since I didn't expect to be entering this project anywhere, sorry!) and glued each discs together as I went.
I actually stuck a metal skewer down through the middle of the upper smaller portion of the cardboard fountain for additional stability.
I used a kiddie water color set and dabbed some pretty yellows and oranges (and a little green for moss) and on to the cardboard to make it look weathered. (See photo)
I spread some of the latex onto the mirror that I had sandwiched between some of the bottom ringed circles to replicate water in the fountain. (Also in photo)
Step 4: It All Comes Together
I painted a somewhat thicker slathering of the clear latex caulk with silicone (which starts out white but turns clear when dry) onto a plastic board, then wiped some watercolor blue on it and left it out to dry in the sun.
When it dried completely, I gently ran my finger over it, pulling it off the plastic backing and gently rolling it a bit. I pulled it off and wrapped it lightly around the upper part of the fountain to look like water pouring down.
Step 5: Finishing Touches
I made a tiny ball at the top of the fountain to look like water spurting out and cut a few thin straight slices out of the remaining dried silicone to replicate water pouring over the side of the fountain.
I used a finger to spread a little of the silicone on the mirror to look like water movement in the fountain too.
It was a fun project and a collector actually offered to buy it to place it in his art gallery at the end of our little show!