Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Almost as soon as I got home from the beach I discovered how much I missed hearing the ocean outside my window. When I found myself listening wistfully to the water whirligig in my vegetable garden, I knew it was time to buy or build an indoor fountain.

I found this mosaic bubbler project from Beckett water pumps and decided to share it so you can make a water feature for your home, too. It imitates the sound of the waves by shooting a jet of water to the top then letting it trickle gently over the sides.
I plan to cover a plain terracotta pot in small glass tiles in coastal colors. But broken pieces of china in shades of Oriental blues or romantic pinks would look great too.

What You Need:

Pot (deep enough to house 10” pump) with a bottom drainage hole

Small mosaic tiles or other embellishments for pot, if desired

Ceramic adhesive and tinted grout, if desired

Large bowl without a drainage hole

Beckett® Container Garden Fountain Kit #7093110

A short length of Beckett® black vinyl tubing

Decorative glass beads or small rocks


1. Decorate pot as desired and let adhesive dry thoroughly.

2. Place the pump in the bottom of the bowl and run the electrical cord over the side. Fountain kit contains two different nozzles. We used the waterbell attachment. For an upward spray you can choose the trumpet nozzle.

3. Measure the height of the pot and cut the vinyl tubing accordingly. Attach the tubing to the pump.

4. Place the pot upside down inside the bowl and feed the vinyl tubing through the drainage hole.

5. Fill bowl with water. Plug in pump to test water flow.

6. Trim excess tubing off top, if necessary.

7. Add decorative glass beads along the top for added decorative flair.


Couture de Papier said...

Wow this is a great project ..I need an indoor fountain esp during winter ..I bookmarked.

Gabriela said...


What a fabulous project!

~ Gabriela ~

Lou said...

I sure miss the sound of ocean waves..
come see what we have here in Denver..
♥ smiles!

Jane said...

Love this project! Thanks for sharing it.
Jane (artfully graced)

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Barbara... that looks like it will be wonderful... I miss the sound of the ocean too... I have a little "dream machine" that plays the sound of waves crashing that actually does sound like the real thing... I also hold my seashells up to my ear to "listen to the ocean" as my mama always said... Bisous... Julie Marie

Scintilla @ Bell'Avventura said...

I could use the sea glass and tiles from Positano. Looks lovely!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

The soothing,cleansing sound of water...nothing beats it!

Hey...I just ordered your book...looking forward to it.

Alison Gibbs said...

Barbara what a wonderful project. Love the sound of the water

Kelee Katillac said...

Neat project Barbara! Thanks for the inspiration and details.....

love, kelee