Introduction: Simple Indoor Water Feature
I love the sound of trickling water. So I set out to make my very own indoor water feature instead of buying one to give it all my personality and to avoid the usual stuff found in big departmental stores that everyone has because its affordable. The total amount of money I spent on this project was $40. It could have been $10 cheaper if I had bought a cheaper pump and I will explain why I didn't soon.
- A container that will house the water and the pump. I used a tall glass jar found at a marshalls for $10.
- A submergible water pump. You can buy this at any hardware store or you could salvage one from an aquarium water pump if you have one ling around. A 60 gallon/hour pump costs about $10. I didn't really know how powerful or not that was so I bought a 90gph pump instead for $17. Now I realise, I could have easily saved the 7 bucks.
- Some small 3" house plants. I bought a few for $2 each.
- small glass tumblers/containers to hold the plants.
- WATER :)
Step 1: Pumping Water
Place the pump in your container. Fill with water so the spout of the pump is just below the water level. Dry your hands and plug it in! Always be careful around electricity while handling water.
You can adjust the water level depending on if you want just a slight ripple on the surface or a strong vertical jet of water. Just make sure to submerge the pump in water based on the package instructions.
If you chose a glass container so the pump is very visible, you can hide it by placing pebbles/rocks around it, or by adding artificial/real plants.. use your creativity..
Step 2: Setting Up Plants
I wanted to try my hand at growing plants in water. So I bought some houseplants that have a low light requirement (my living room doesn't get a lot of sunlight). Information online tells me that I can simply wash the soil off from the store plants, gently so as to not break the roots and plop them in water! That's it! I will write in again later to track their progress. So I did just that and put each one in a small glass. I used my ikea glasses that I wasn't using.
You could just leave them in soil if you like.
Didn't realize I can only use landscape oriented pictures. So you can bend your neck 90 degrees or make sense of it the way it is. :)
Step 3: Final Arrangement
Place the container with the water and pump anywhere you like. On a table, on the floor.. but close to an electrical outlet of course and arrange your little plants around it.
That's it! I placed mine on the floor next to a lamp and it looks and sounds beautiful.