How to Build a Wall Water Fountain

What You'll Need
Metal drill/Drill bits
Metal box
Copper shield
Metal picture frame with enclosed glass
Tubing fountain pump
Interior/Exterior clear gloss
Hot glue
Caulk/Caulk gun
Pond liner

A wall water fountain can considerably add to the aesthetics of a room. If you have a large space in your room, and want to make a partition using something innovative, a wall water fountain is the perfect thing to build. The design of a wall water fountain is very simple. A frame is created to hold a vertical sheet of glass and water dribbles down the glass, collecting in a basin below. Here’s how you can make one for your home.

Step 1 – Preparing the Frame

First you need to join the metal box and the metal picture frame with the enclosed glass. To do so, remove the enclosed glass and drill holes at the bottom of the frame and on the sides for additional support. Place the frame in front of the metal box, overlapping the bottom with the top of the box.  Align the frame correctly and mark the metal box through the holes drilled in the frame. Then, drill holes on the metal box at these marks. Lastly, use nuts and screws to join the metal box and frame together. Make sure to apply caulk around the screws to make the metal box water proof.

Step 2 – Placing the Pump and Tubing

The pump should be placed inside the metal box. However, in order to protect the pump from oxidization, first apply a copper shield to all the metal surfaces of the box. Next, place the pump inside the box. You can place the pump anywhere in the box, but a corner is preferable. Do not plug in the pump just yet. Attach the tubing to the pump, and use the hot glue to stick the remaining plastic tubing along one side of the frame, bringing it across the top. The tubing should lie flat, covering the entire breadth of the frame on the top. Carefully punch small holes on the tubing; these holes will allow the water to pour down from the fountain. The end of the tubing can be sealed with the help of caulking to prevent water from flowing out of it.

Step 3 – Building the Reservoir

If you don’t want the metal box to be visible, dig a hole near the wall along which the fountain will be placed. Make the hole large enough the fit the box inside. Place the pond liner inside the cavity and then secure the box inside it.

Step 4 – Turning on the Water 

Fill the box before starting the pump for the first time. Keep in mind that it may take some time to find out the right amount of water required to keep the fountain functioning correctly. If there is too much water or too little of it, the wall water fountain may not look as appealing. If you have insufficient water, the pump may accidentally suck in air, which will lead to disturbance in the water and spluttering. Too much water will lead to spillage.

Step 5 – Decorating

You can use pebbles, stones, sand, artificial plants or any other decorative embellishments to make your fountain look more appealing.