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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:



Step 1: Basic Materials Needed for This Project.

Picture of 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.

RezaA33 months 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
AndrewA1673 months 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!
77-d53 months ago
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.
BPACH3 months ago
Very nice. Thank you.
pgs0709473 months 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
GregS2783 months ago
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?
tmspro4 months 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.
AnandM544 months ago
Nice creation !!
I just love this type of fountain!