How to Make Your Own Faux Faucet Fountain
A faux faucet fountain can appear to have water running from a faucet spout that is suspended in air over a decorative planter or bucket. This charming garden fountain is simpler to make than it appears, and the magic of the flowing water is a conversation starter. The basic components of the fountain are the same as other DIY fountains; a reservoir and a submersible fountain pump. With a few additional supplies from the hardware store, you can make your own faux faucet fountain for your garden or a patio tabletop.
Glue four large metal washers to the underside of a decorative ceramic glazed flower pot that is at least 10 inches in diameter. Space the washers evenly around the perimeter of the pot; waterproof construction adhesive works to adhere the metal washers to the ceramic. The washers will elevate the flower pot and complement the faucet design.
Cut a 3-inch-diameter disc from a sheet of rubber. Slit the disc halfway. Fit the slit over the fountain pump’s power cord. Place the pump inside the ceramic flower pot and carefully push the plug through the drainage hole; pull the excess cord through, too.
Glue the rubber disc to the inside of the ceramic pot with silicone sealant. Seal around the perimeter of the rubber and across the slit. Follow the silicone manufacturer’s recommend drying times to let the sealant dry completely.
Drill four 1/8-inch-diameter holes through the walls of a 36-inch-long by 1/2-inch-diameter rigid plastic tube, 1 inch from one end. Space the holes around the circumference of the tube so that they are an equal distance apart.
Fit the other end of the rigid tubing (opposite the one with the drilled holes) over the top spout on the submersible fountain pump. Tape around the tubing with duct tape to hold it securely upright.
Turn the decorative faucet handle to the "off" position. Fill the inside of the faucet spout with silicone sealant. Insert the drilled end of the rigid tube into the faucet spout, so that it looks as though the tube is pouring out of the spout; make sure that the drilled holes are not covered by the silicone. Allow the silicone to dry.
Cut sections of wet floral foam with a serrated knife to fit beside the fountain pump. Insert the foam inside the flower pot. Lay decorative craft moss on top of the foam and insert small silk flower stems inside the foam to add another decorative element to the faux faucet fountain. You can omit this step if you like.
Fill the flower pot with water to within 2 inches of the rim. Plug in the fountain pump. The pump will send the water up the rigid plastic tubing. The silicone inside the faucet spout will stop the water from escaping, so it will churn inside the tube. A small amount of water will flow from the four drilled holes, back down the tube and into the flower pot.
Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home-improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost-effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.