Water Vortex Mini Fountain

Introduction: Water Vortex Mini Fountain

About: I am IT professional, living in Bangalore, India. As new gadgets come out everyday, we indulge in spending significant time and money on these gadgets. And our kids are learning from us, they know how to use...

"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..

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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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    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    10 days ago

    I haven't seen a fountain like that before, very fun :)