Introduction: Water Vortex Mini Fountain

"You can never step in the same water twice, my friend. Like flowing water, life is perpetual movement. There is nothing fixed.” -- Bruce lee

In this intructable I will share my how I made this mini water vortex fountain. Almost, all the materials used in this project are recycled...

I made this project with my son and he enjoys playing with water and experiment with things and observe how it affected the fountain, like putting a marble inside the vortex, adding a pipe or more water.. I hope you get to spend more time with your family and friends by building one..

Step 1: What Do We Need ?


  • Long Glass jar ( Olive jar )
  • Plastic Food container with lid (reusing one from last nights food takeout)
  • Plastic straw
  • DC water pump
  • PVC tubes
  • Glass marbles
  • AC to DC, 9V Adapter ( from old device )
  • Wires


  • Drill
  • Bottle cutter jig
  • Soldering Iron
  • Hot Glue gun

Step 2: The Jar Cap

  • It is difficult to drill holes on a glass, so I will use the metal jar cap
  • Drill two holes, one at the center and other near the edge
  • Make sure there is enough space for a plastic pipe and that the glass jar can still be closed
  • Fix the jar cap on the plastic lid of the food container using hot glue gun\
  • The middle hole will be used to create a vortex or whirlpool, while the second hole will be use to pump water into the jar at an angle

Step 3: Bottle Jar

  • Cut the bottom of the glass jar using a glass bottle cutter
  • Sand the edges smooth
  • We will place the glass jar inverted on the plastic lid

Step 4: The Pump

  • The water needs to be pumps inside the jar at an angle, so that the water moves in circular motion
  • To make a "L" shaped bend pipe by heating the pipe under a flame and then bending it
  • Or cut two pieces of the pipe and attach them at 90 degree by hot glue or melting them together
  • The water pump is attached to a plastic pipe using a soft pvc tube, as shown

Step 5: Finishing

  • Drill few extra holes on the food container lid for excess water
  • The motor wire can come out at the lid
  • Cover the lid with stones or glass marble
  • Fill the plastic container with water

Optional :

  • Add few lights
  • Add blue color or glitter in the water
  • Decorate the base jar

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