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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tackle It Tuesday Affordable DIY Tabetop Fountain Guest Post Tutorial

I don't know about you all, but with two boys, two dogs, an online shop, a blog, and one hardworking husband, life is fun but busy.  I could sure use some relaxation in my life and home.  Please enjoy this great tutorial from our guest today at Bacon Time, Nadia Jones, for a calming tabletop fountain.

Zen at Home: DIY Tabletop Fountain for Cheap

One of the best ways to create a relaxing space in your home is by incorporating a soothing water feature into your interior décor. Finding a tabletop fountain that matches your personal aesthetic can be both challenging and expensive. Making a fountain yourself allows you to design something exactly the way you want it, while spending less money and accomplishing an enjoyable task. This DIY project is a great way to spend your day and can be something done with your kids or as a personal hobby of your own. The sound of running water can be a great addition to your home office or bedroom. Encouraging a sense of relaxation and focus, tabletop fountains can be a beautiful feature and project in our busy and stressful lives. Follow these simple steps to create a gorgeous and inexpensive tabletop water feature for your home.

First: Find the Right Base
This is one of the most important steps to building a tabletop fountain that won't turn into a huge headache. It is usually a safe bet to go with a bowl base that is either glass or metal, so that you can be sure it won't leak water or begin to fail over time. One of the best places to find a quality base is in the cooking section of any major store. Grab an appropriate sized glass mixing bowl. These come in several different colors and styles, so you'll have plenty to choose from. Flower vases and watering cans can also make great creative bases for your water feature if you'd like something with a little more interest to it.

Second: Find the Appropriate Pump
While this step may sound tricky, it's really quite simple. For a small table top fountain you will need the smallest and lowest power water pump you can find. Go to your local do it yourself home store (such as Home Depot or Lowes) and look at the gardening section for water pumps. The smallest, lowest powered pump should be no more than 20 dollars or so. While you are at the store, you should also purchase as small amount of tubing (maybe a foot or so to be safe) that will fit on the water pump you purchase. You can also look at the gardening area of the store for any rocks and decorations you'd like to include inside your fountain. I like to get the smooth river rocks, for a natural look to my fountain. If you choose to use flagstone or some other sort of material that can cause debris in the water, purchase a small amount of netting to act as a filter for your pump.

Next: Find Your Supplies and Create
Look around the area you live and find feature rocks, plants, and doodads for your fountain. I like to use different types of stones and plants for varying textures and colors in my fountain. Put your water pump at the bottom of your base and fill it with water. You will have to fiddle with the water power some until you get it to the height that you like. Once you have it set properly, begin placing your rocks and other materials around the pump inside the base until you get the desired look that you want. I like to use one type of rock in the base and then set different stones and materials around the area where the water shoots up for a waterfall effect. But, part of the fun in creating a water feature is playing around with the arrangement and sound until you get exactly what you desire. You can change the materials and design as often as you like, so that it is like you get a new decorative fountain every time you rearrange things.

Tabletop fountains are a beautiful addition to any home's décor. Create a soothing ambiance with trickling water and a fresh natural look. This project is something that can be accomplished for as little as 25 dollars and always looks beautiful and fresh. By placing plants directly in the fountain feature, you can create a small ecosystem right on your desktop. Play around with your materials and your design until you find exactly what your imagination is thriving for.
Author Bio:
This is a guest post by Nadia Jones who blogs at online college about education, college, student, teacher, money saving, movie related topics. You can reach her at nadia.jones5 @

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  1. Very cool! Thanks!
    New follower!

  2. Agree. I always write better when I sit outside near my mothers foiuntain so now we have one in the back too. Stopping in to follow this Tuesday - hope you can stop by and return teh favor soon :)

  3. very cool project. I am a new follower from blog hope. Please follow back at Thanks!

  4. I love DIY projects!


  5. Great tutorial! I love these things!
    I am a new follower from the Blog It Forward blog hop!! Hope you will come visit me too!!

  6. Hi
    I also love DIY projects !!! Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my new Tablesacpe. I hope you have a great week sweet lady.
    XXOO Diane

  7. I've always wanted one of those little Asian style table top stone fountains. It seems like a great center piece that helps to bring balance and relaxation to any environment. I'm really glad that you've posted this DIY tutorial on how to create one of my own.


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