Small Water Features for DIY Projects

June 11, 2013

Vintage celadon vessel makes perfect table-top water feature!

Vintage celadon vessel makes perfect table-top water feature!

 Small Water Features for DIY Projects

Large vessels make focal points for fountain features. Large containers or bored stone boulders are perfect sculptural elements for the glistening appearance of running water, the gentle sounds and refreshing effects. While we have had great fun creating dramatic site installations for outdoor living scenes, we realize that there is great merit in the smaller versions that DIY buffs can create for their interiors or patios.
First, find an interesting container. I found a pair that are footed and are dolphin figures to boot – what luck!! This celadon glazed ceramic has a nice diameter of about 12” and is raised up by its three dolphin figurine feet. It’s a perfect aquamarine theme for this table-top water feature.
Select your container and then gather things that you enjoy. You might already have pieces of glass, tokens, stones, shells, coral, miniature figurines…use what you have or collect more for this specific use.
Get a small pump at the local home-improvement store or hardware store. This should be relative to the size of your container. This one is a little smaller than my fist. The cord will drape out of the container, up over the rim and behind the fountain to plug into your electrical source. This will conceal adequately if you place your fountain on a surface that backs up to a wall where the electrical outlet is located.
Arrange your collectibles on and around the pump to conceal it from view placing the more interesting pieces at the surface.
I use distilled water to insure no residue from harsh mineral that might be present in your tap water. Fill the container to the appropriate level. It will cover much of your collectibles in the bowl. Here I have used a couple of vertical slices of local travertine to add height, texture, color and interest. Once your first turn on the pump – or plug it in as this one does (no switch), you will be pleased at the calming, refreshing results.
Send photos of your finished products!!!!!

Shown here…Nestled into the landscape, this brilliant blue glazed fountain with interesting textured exterior is tall and splendid amidst the greenery as its water recirculates and flows into a bed of stones.

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10 Responses to “Small Water Features for DIY Projects”


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  3. Frank Norton Says:

    Our concrete Lyon headed fountain against the outside the front wall is slightly , and interesting with its gold painted mane ; however between the birds, cats and skunks, it requires constant filling and cleaning. An innovative water feature is the large rock slab with crystals growing on the top flat surface – and with the rain – one can watch the crystals grow over time. My favorite though for inside the home, is the coral arrangement. I take a large white or blue section of coral for the base support, and with my training in flower arrangement , place large purple and white fan coral between the spikes, along with black, white and tan coral spikes, and pieces of other coral of different colors alongside. With a large piece of red colored sponge coral as a base, there is a large root base of a multi spiked black coral, which provides for colorful contrasting eye candy. Set on top of our dark wood antique book case, armoire, and display cabinets, they are beautiful , unusual, and low maintenance displays.


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