Build an Indoor Water Fountain

Create a tiny natural waterfall in your living room

Enjoy the sound of bubbling water falling over rocks all year round with this miniature, plant-lined stream and waterfall. All you need is a container, a pump and some favorite beach stones.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

TIME

Instant!

COMPLEXITY

Super Simple!

COST

$20 - $100

Plug the planter hole, then add rocks

Create this natural indoor water fountain using a planter, rocks and a small pond pump.

Plug the drain hole of a large glazed ceramic or resin planter with plumber’s epoxy putty. After it cures, fill the planter with water for a day or two to confirm that it won’t leak. Place the planter exactly where you want it before adding the rocks and water. It’ll be very heavy once it’s done.

Stack bricks or stones around and above a small pond pump (about 40 gph) to about two-thirds the depth of the vessel. Then cut the water line to length and add a restrictor valve. We used a 3/8-in. PEX valve (clamp it if the hose comes loose under pressure). Or choose a “pinch”-type valve, found with pond accessories at home centers. You can change the look and sound of the water fountain by tinkering with the water flow rate and the shape, size and arrangement of your stones. That’s the fun part!

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Utility knife

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Planter with base
  • Plumber’s epoxy putty
  • 40 gph submersible pump
  • Flexible water line (to fit pump)
  • Restrictor valve
  • Bricks
  • Stones