Saturday, August 28, 2010

An Inexpensive Water Feature Idea

For quite some time I had been wanting some kind of water feature in our home. The sound of trickling water is soothing to me...but I was never happy with the ones available in the stores. Most of them were plasticky and kinda cheesy. The ones I was happy with were in the expensive home and garden catalogs and stores and completely out of my price range! As I was visiting the Salvation Army thrift store last week, I happened upon a fountain that I thought had some potential. It was just a simple square shallow pot with graduated glass slabs...what really got me was the fantastic price of just 4.00.
I took the guts out of the fountain and put them in a huge ironstone bowl from my ever growing collection of ironstone, and placed that on a large ironstone platter...and I got this:
Though I am not in love with the black cord trailing from the bowl (I guess I could have painted it white?), still not too shabby for four bucks...and I didn't even expect the light to work! So many variations for this. If you see a cheap fountain that may not be aesthetically pleasing, you can paint the outside of it, or even the inside if you use that spray paint used especially for plastic. Or you could just take out the pump and you can make a fountain out of a pile of those clear stones you can get by the bag full at Walmart or Michael's. Just pile them up around the pump in a container and add water...and maybe even some floating candles? You could use cups and saucers glued together with marine glue (glue for boats) or clear caulk. The hardware store always has clear hose available by the foot so you can go as high as you'd like. You could use a stack of terracotta pots and thread the hose through the holes in the bottoms to the top of the stack....or use the good 'ole standby; rocks. You can get pretty, smooth stones at any craft store....or how about tumbled glass? Or slate? Oh my, the possibilities!


  1. That looks really cool especially with the lights! Such a wonderful loot and for a really good price. :) Have a lovely merry happy weekend and love to you!

  2. Wow Jennifer, I had been looking for something too and they were either expensive or cheap looking. Good job!

  3. Brilliant! I've always wanted to make a fountain. Never thought to remix one from the thrift store!

    You are flowing w/ ideas! I love that they're budget friendly. And beautiful of course :)


  4. I can't wait to see your new product line of fountains on Etsy. There are so many people that would like a indoor water feature, but the ones in stores are so awful. If you can make an oil can look stunning, I am sure a fountain would be a piece of cake; sacred cake.

  5. What a great idea! I find fountains so soothing but, like Michael said, they are usually so unsightly. I am on the hunt now to see what I can come up with! Another inspiring project <3

  6. Jennifer, this is beautiful. I wish I had the talent to create this little beauty. Thanks for sharing. Love how you saw the potential in the fountain. Great photos. -Mia

  7. Wow! I love it! I am amazed at people who can look at things and come up with alternate uses for them. I am so not that way.

    But I'm afraid if I tried to put a water feature in my home it would soon be full of lego boats and hot wheels. I'll have to admire other people's. :)

  8. Clever girl!!!! I can almost hear the sound of water....Love it!!

  9. I love this idea.
    I think it definitely fits the style most of us long for.
    And you incorporated it into something you already love and collect...ironstone.
    On another note, don't ever be afraid to share your faith and words of encouragement. Many of us are not only looking for inspiration to create, but also that bit of wisdom to help us press on, no matter what we might be struggling with in our daily lives.


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