Indoor fountains are beautiful, and even a small tabletop fountain can lend a calming atmosphere to your home. For centuries, the sound of running water has been said to be beneficial to health, and what better way to bring a little nature into an urban apartment or rural farmhouse? Indoor fountains are easy to construct yourself, and depending upon the pump you choose, are generally inexpensive. Plus, building your own allows you to choose the elements that you like best. Follow these simple instructions, and you’ll have an aesthetically pleasing addition to your home in minutes.


Step 1

Buy a submersible fountain pump and rubber tubing that will fit it at your local hardware store or garden center.

Step 2

Find 4 or 5 large stones, and a bagful of small, smooth pebbles, a couple of ceramic plant pots, water-loving plants and other decorative elements of your choice.

Step 3

Choose a ceramic, glass, or plastic container that is large enough to contain the pump, with room leftover.

Step 4

Attach the rubber tubing to the pump, place the pump in the container, and cover it with the large stones.

Step 5

Pull the tubing up between the large rocks, and arrange the pebbles and plant pots (with the plants in them) around the tubing.


Step 6

Pour water into the container, until the pump is completely submerged.

Step 7

Turn the pump on, and adjust the water flow. Rearrange the pebbles and plants around the rubber tubing until the water flows gently over the rocks in the desired manner. Cut the tube to fit, if necessary.

Tips & Warnings

  • Get some Plexiglas to place beneath your fountain to protect your furniture.
  • Clean your fountain every 2 to 3 months.

Things Needed

  • Submersible water pump
  • Rubber tubing (6 to 12 inches long)
  • 4 or 5 large stones
  • Bagful of pebbles or decorative rocks
  • Ceramic plant pots
  • Water-loving plants
  • Large container

Photo Credits

  • Special Thanks to Ricardo Marquez for the lovely photo!