How to Make a Floating Faucet Fountain

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In this Instructable I’m going to show you how I made a floating faucet fountain. I saw this fountain a year ago, and I really wanted to make one for my backyard.

Although it seems like a complex project, it is actually very easy and it doesn’t take too long to build. So, follow my instructions and create your own magic faucet fountain that will amaze everyone around you.

These are all the tools and materials needed for this project:

Materials:

Tools:

Step 1: Basic Materials Needed for This Project.

For this project I bought a galvanized rustic metal bucket, but you can use any other kind of waterproof container. It can be rustic or modern, metal or plastic, larger or smaller, it's all up to you.

Also, I choose white river rocks to fill in the bucket. Another options are black rocks, clear glass stones, colored glass stones, whatever works for you.

The most important thing you need for this project is clear rigid plastic/acrylic tubing. Remember, you need rigid, not flexible tube. You can find the link to it in the tools and materials list above.

Next, is the water pump. I have a submersible water pump, which is silent and very easy to install, so I highly recommend buying one for this kind of project.

Lastly, I found a cool looking faucet or spigot. When buying one make sure the hose end fits the plastic tube.

Step 2: Making a Hole at the Bottom of the Bucket.

Now, let's start with this project!

The water pump goes at the bottom of the bucket. In order to hide the cord, I need to drill a hole at the back of the bucket and run the cord through.

I took my cordless drill, attached a 6 mm drill bit, and easily drilled that hole.

If your pump comes with a plug at the end of the cord, you'll have two options: to drill a much larger hole into the bucket, or to cut the cord, and solder it back later. It's up to you.

Step 3: Adding a Jacket to the Wires of the Pump.

The pump has two exposed wires, black and red without a jacket, so I decided to cover them with black heat shrink tubing. The wires are 46 cm long, but I cut 44 cm of the heat shrink and left 2 cm of the wires exposed, which I'll use later.

I covered the wires and used a lighter to shrink the whole heat shrink. I think it looks much better now.

This step is optional. You might have another type of pump, so you won't need to do anything with it.

Step 4: Soldering.

Once I was done with the cord, I placed the pump at the bottom of the bucket and pulled the cord through the hole.

I added another piece of heat shrink at the end of the wires, which will protect the exposed wires later.

Then, I stripped the insulation of the black wire just a little bit more with wire strippers. Now the wires are ready for soldering to the power jack.

First, I soldered the red wire onto the shorter tip of the DC power jack, and then I soldered the black wire onto the longer tip of the DC power jack.

Finally, I shrank the short heat shrink piece to insulate the connection of the wires with the power jack.

Step 5: Drilling Holes Into the Rigid Acrylic Tubing.

I bought this clear rigid acrylic tube one year ago, didn't knowing that I'll make such amazing project out of it. It is 50 cm long and has 20 mm outer diameter. Maybe a thinner tube would create a better effect, but why not using something I already have in my workshop?

To get the desired effect I need to drill small holes in the top of the tube. That way the water will be able to easily flow, first going all the way up, and then going down the tube.

So, I drilled 8 holes in total with 3 mm drill bit, making sure they're really close to the top (around 3 mm away) and equal distance apart.

The drilling process created some burrs onto the acrylic, which I removed with a sandpaper. I hand sanded on the inside and on the outside as well. This step will help make strong bond with the glue.

Step 6: Attaching the Faucet to the Acrylic Tube.

My choice of glue is two part epoxy. I mixed the epoxy well, and applied large amount of it inside the faucet. The sides of the faucet should not be covered with glue, because there we need to have enough space for the water to come out of the holes.

I attached the tube to the faucet and waited around 10 minutes to completely cure, before moving on to the next step.

Step 7: Attaching the Acrylic Tube to the Water Pump.

The other end of the tube needs to go above the pump. The nozzle of the pump is too small for the tube, but I think hot glue will fix this issue.

So, I applied generous amount of hot glue around the nozzle, and attached the tube while the glue was still hot. Then I applied hot glue on the outside as well. This way I'll make a strong bond between the tube and the nozzle of the pump, and the water won't leak, which is very important.

Step 8: Adding Natural River Rocks to the Bucket.

Before adding the rocks, I placed the tube in the center of the bucket.

I bought around 20 kg natural river rocks, which is enough for this large bucket. Holding the tube with one hand, I started pilling the rocks inside the bucket with the other hand. The rocks hold everything in place and give a character to the project.

Step 9: Connecting the Pump to the Power Supply.

Everything is in the right position, so I can seal off the hole where the cord is going through. I used hot glue to seal that hole.

With that done, I can connect the power jack with 12 V DC power adapter. If you have another type of water pump you might not need to use power adapter.

This means that I'm done assembling the fountain.

Step 10: Adding Some Water Into the Bucket.

The last step is to add water into the bucket. The amount of water you add depends on the pump, but mostly on your taste. I added just enough water to cover the pump, and make sure it works properly.

Then, I plugged the pump in and waited to see the final result.

And my project was a success. The water came up, started flowing along the sides through the holes, creating the illusion of floating faucet.

It came out wonderful! And the sound of flowing water is absolutely amazing!

Step 11: Enjoying the Magic Faucet Fountain.

Don't forget to watch the video for full experience!

What do you think? I'd like you to share your thoughts with me in the comments below!

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    RezaA3

    Tip 8 days ago

    looks nice. you could use a smaller bucket inside to house the rocks and the pump thus making the whole thing lighter for moving and displacement and using less water.
    great job

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    AndrewA167

    9 days ago

    I recall the first time I ever saw one of these fountains:

    I was a kid, and my dad had taken me to the fairgrounds, and it was inside the commercial exhibit building. I don't recall what the people at the booth were selling, but the fountain was an interesting "draw". It was huge: The basin was a large oak barrel, and the faucet towered above everything, probably a good 10 feet in the air. A lot of water was flowing out of it, as if it were actually running. At the time, I didn't understand how it worked.

    And that's really the key to making this kind of fountain believable; you've got to really effectively "hide" the water source. Using an acrylic or glass tube is a great start, but to really sell it, you need to have such an amount of water coming out, that the flow effectively hides the tube. It can't just run over the tube, but has to virtually conceal it behind the flow, at least to the point where the tube mixes in with the flow, and you can't easily tell one from the other.

    A way to do that would be to have the tube holding the spigot up have a diameter half as big or less than the diameter of the spigot, and then somehow attaching it so that the water is shot up inside the spigot, and drains out of the spigot as if the spigot were connected to an actual water source. You would also need a pump powerful enough to pump a fair volume of water up the narrower tubing such that it comes out with a large flow rate. Balancing all of those requirements is probably much harder than it sounds, but once you do, the illusion is completed, and looks fantastic.

    Easier said than done, of course!

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    77-d5

    Question 9 days ago on Step 11

    Can you share what the pump's flow rate is? The link on Amazon brings up several different pumps to choose from and I'd like to get the right one.

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    BPACH

    9 days ago

    Very nice. Thank you.

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    pgs070947

    9 days ago

    Tip 1 - Don't use a lighter on your heatshrink. Use a hot air gun (electrical or catalytic gas) for a much better result. You run the risk of uneven shrinking or burning.
    Tip 2 - Adhesive-lined heatshrink will seal things much better.
    Tip 3 - Use a cable gland where your cable enters the container. A small PG or metric gland rated IP68 will make a good seal. You can get them to seal oval cables as well.
    Tip 4 - Find a better way to seal the tube to the pump. Maybe use a rubber bung or build up the diameter ot the pump outlet with soft tubing.
    Someone else commented about the bubbles - all that means is that somewhere, air is being drawn into the pump. A likely place is where the returned water tumbles down over pebbles. Try calming the turbulence by putting the pump in something like a plant pot or having a greater depth of water

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    GregS278

    9 days ago on Introduction

    That's very cool looks good except the bubbles on the inside of the pipe, I wonder if there is something that could be added to the water that would make them go away?

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    tmspro

    22 days ago

    I've been interested in making one of these. Your instructable is one of the best magic faucet fountain diy projects I have read. The details you provide are very helpful.

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    AnandM54

    27 days ago

    Nice creation !!