Table Water Fountain.




Introduction: Table Water Fountain.

In this Instructable, I will show you how to make your own table water fountain. Also this is my very first instructable. Hope you find this helpful

Step 1: Gathering Materials and Tools

-One fish bowl (about a gallon, but no smaller)
-One Plastic container (it should fit over the pump and be able to fit inside the fish bowl)
-small pebbles
-60 GPH Pump(I got mine at home depot)
-1 FT of 1/2 in PVC pipe
-Connector for 1/2 PVC pipe
-Light bulb(optional)
-spray paint(optional)

-Blow Torch (optional)
-Nail Punch (optional)
-Hot Glue Gun w/Hot Glue

Step 2: Painting Part 1 (optional)

Now you will need to lay down some newspaper so you can paint. After that is done, set your fish bowl on the news paper and paint it. Try not to get the paint on the inside of the bowl because that will just create problems with your pump in the future.
Now that you have just painted the bowl, let it dry wile you work on the rest of the fountain.

Step 3: Preping the Plastic Container

Now, take the plastic container (It should fit over the pump and inside the fish bowl) and drill holes in it. Use a 1/4 inch drill bit. Drill about 10-15 holes all over the container. Now drill a hole in the center of the container, then using the scissors cut that hole bigger so the 1/2in PVC pipe can fit in it. On the side, using one of the holes already drilled use the same technique, make a hole so the plug from the pump can fit through it.

Step 4: Cutting and Painting the PVC

Measure how tall your fish bowl is and subtract about 2in. Cut the 1/2in PVC pipe to the same length that you just measured.
(optional) Place the PVC 1/2in connector on top of the 1/2in PVC pipe. It should fit snugly.
Now place the PVC pipe on the news paper already lying out and Spray paint it the color you choose.

Step 5: Putting It All Togeather

Take the fish bowl and set it down in front of you, put the PVC pipe through the hole in the plastic container. Now, place the pumps tube in the PVC pipe(about 2in).Put the plug through the hole you made earlier. Place the Pump and the PVC and the container inside the fish bowl. (Optional, I hot glued the feet of the pump to the bottom of the fish bowl so it didn't move.)
Now using the small pebbles, spread them around in the bowl until it fills up to just below the rim of the fish bowl, but make sure to not get them in the plastic container, its o.k. if a few get inside though.
Now fill about 3/4 of the fountain with either distilled water or bottled water(DO NOT USE TAP WATER!!!)

Step 6: (OPTIONAL) the Light Bulb

Go to that one and use the first 7 steps to hallow out a light bulb.
After that is done use your blow torch to heat up the the glass on the light bulb.(slowly bring the light bulb to the flame or else it will break. use a pair of pliers to hold on to the bottom of the light bulb. also use eye protection) Wait until the glass turns orange, then use your nail punch to push the orange glass into the light bulb. Wait until there is a hole, then remove the light bulb from the flame and let it cool.

Now that, thats done, use hot glue to glue the light bulb to the large opening on the PVC pipe.

Step 7: ENJOY

Now set it inside and enjoy.

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    10 years ago on Step 7

    When drilling glass, I have always found it easy to do it outside on the grass, with a garden hose running over the area I am drilling. keeps it lubricated and keeps the heat down.


    12 years ago on Step 7

    Wouldn't it also be possible to punch a small hole in the fishbowl using the same method with the torch & run the pump cable out the bottom? You could seal the hole with 2 part plumber's epoxy.


    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    I tried that on an earlier version, but the glass is so thick that its shattered the bowl. Glass is unpredictable, and hard to work with


    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    What about using a drill? I'll have to try it, I'm sure it can be done. Maybe a butane torch won't work & you need to use a propane torch... If I find anything, I'll let you know :)

    Don Roberto
    Don Roberto

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    Coming *really* late to this discussion, but a glass drill bit should go through the bowl just fine. Unfortunately, you'll need to either drill a hole big enough for the *plug*, not just the cord, or cut the plug off and splice it back onto the cord after you pass the cord through. I'm not sure which is worse... If you do decide to drill, one good idea is to fill the bowl with sand or dirt, then turn it over and drill from the underside. The sand supports the bowl so the pressure from drilling won't crack the bowl. You can put masking tape over the spot where you're drilling so the bit is less likely to "wander" before it gets a bite. Be sure to keep the bit lubricated, and by that I mean "wet" not "damp." This cools the bit and the glass, protecting both, and also cuts down on the number of chips that may fly away (although when cutting/drilling glass you should ALWAYS wear safety glasses anyway). When you're halfway through, if you can get the bit to the inside of the bowl, that's good because now it's supported from below. This also makes the edge of your hole less likely to chip. Again, keep it lubricated and take your time.

    do you think you could fill that with juice or pop or something? it would be kind of a cool way to serve drinks at parties... you could clean the rocks and stuff...

    Don Roberto
    Don Roberto

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    OK, I'm coming *really* late to this discussion, but I would recommend against using any fountain pump for anything but water: usually they're not designed for other fluids and can get gummed up. I suppose if you were willing to replace the pump afterward you could try it. Alternatively, you could look into getting a peristaltic pump, where the mechanism never contacts the liquid, but I suspect they're pricey.


    Reply 13 years ago on Introduction

    Hey im trying to work on that right know kinda like a soda fountain ill let you know when im done

    That's a kick-a$$ fountain, man. I'm ecstatic about the painted fishbowl idea. My cat's been bugging me about rebuilding our fountain, (cat likes to drink from it/play in it) after the original metal container rusted through. I haven't found a suitable replacement container yet. Now, I can just get a suitable glass bowl ,and paint that sucka. The inside of the bowl will be gloriously unreactive. I thank you, the cat thanks you, my wife'll prolly thank you too, as the cat should stop knocking over bedside-table, water glasses, in order to play in the spill... btw, the lightbulb's pretty slick too.


    14 years ago on Introduction

    would be nice to see pics or a vid of it running :) nice idea :D