Magic Fountain




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How to make a magic fountain with daily use objects.

When you put some water in the fountain, it starts to flow.

It is amazing to see the surprised reaction of kids and adults.

This experience is based on heron's fountain invented by the 1st century AD inventor, mathematician, and physicist Heron of Alexandria.

Step 1: Material

For this instructable you need :

- 3 plastic bottles with caps
- 3 long straws
- Glue gun
- Drill
- Cutter

Step 2: Upper Part

First of all, glue a bottle cap on the bottom face of a bottle.

Then drill two holes in it.

Finally cut the top of a bottle.

This will be the upper part of the fountain.

Step 3: Middle Part

Glue two bottle caps together and drill two holes in it.

This will be the middle part of the fountain.

Step 4: Cut the Straws

Take the three long straws and cut them as followed :

- From the bottom of the intermediate bottle to a little longer than the upper bottle.
- From the bottom of the lower bottle to the bottom of the intermediate bottle
- From the top of the bottom bottle to the top of the intermediate bottle

Step 5: Glue the Straws

Glue the straws using a glue gun.

Step 6: Activate the Fountain

Fill the fountain with water from the top of the fountain.
For a better visual effect, I recommand to use dye to have a colored water.

Put the fountain upside down. This will fill the intermediate bottle.

Then put some water from the top, this will activate the fountain.

Step 7: Video

Watch the result in video

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    5 Discussions


    Question 1 year ago

    Can I buy this?


    Reply 1 year ago

    It is 30 in / 75 cm high.
    I also made one with small bottles : 24 in / 60 cm


    1 year ago

    OMG this is amazing :) I can't believe this works without fancy electronics. Nicely done, thanks for sharing