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
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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)
-60 GPH Pump(I got mine at home depot)
-1 FT of 1/2 in PVC pipe
-Connector for 1/2 PVC pipe
-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.
LET DRY FOR ABOUT AN HOUR BEFORE GOING ON
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.