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How To Create A Wine Bottle Fountain

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Make Your Own Wine Bottle Garden Fountain

Wine bottle fountains really simple to make and can become the center of your garden. If you have a power source it's as easy as drilling a hole and plugging it in. I took longer to think out how I wanted my fountain than it took to put it together and it has been a conversation piece for everyone who enters the yard. I actually have another wine bottle I am waiting to empty so that I can make another one for the front of my home.

Decorating is subjective an a matter of taste. You can use one bottle or several bottles. You can place the bottles so they drip onto each other or spill over into glasses. I have several cocktail glasses that are over sized and decorative. They have been sitting on a shelf for many years and every time I see a new one I add to the collection so I had a lot of material to choose from.

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Supplies

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For this project you will need the following materials, but you are not limited as to what you use to decorate.

1. A small low flow fountain pump

2. A basin. You can sink it into the ground or even use a wine barrel. It needs to be deep enough to support the flow of water from the pump you choose. For my project I used an old cement basin I had in my garage. I planned on sinking it into the ground so it didn't have to be fancy. For the one I am planning in the front of my home I am going to leave it above ground and use a wine barrel.

3. Tubing long enough to go from your bottle to the pump. Home Depot does sell pieces that will decrease the diameter of tubing so it can start out thick at the base of the pump and still be tiny at the base of the wine bottle.

4. Something to hold up your wine bottle. You can leave it straight up or position it pouring out. For this project I used a piece of drift wood I had in my yard. If you don't have access to drift wood you can purchase an inexpensive wine holder that holds wine toward the cork.

5. 1 tube of clear silicone.

6. Decorations, rocks, grape leaves, marbles or anything else you wish to add.

7. Dremel with diamond bits. You will need this to drill the holes in the bottle.

TotalPond MD11045 45 GPH Fountain Pump

This is the perfect pump for a small fountain like the one I am building. I like this one because it has a flow control that you don't get on a lot of them. This will allow you to adjust things so the water flows out of the bottle properly. Since I added a glass under the flow from the bottle I appreciated being able to keep the splashing to a minimum.

How To Drill A Glass Bottle - Slow and Wet

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The diameter of the hole placed at the bottom of the wine bottle should be equal to the tubing you choose. If you should happen to drill it too large a drop of silicone will seal it. The silicone will also hold the tube in place.

The bottom of the bottle I used had an indent for your thumb. These are the best bottles to use because you can just put a little water into the indent and not have to worry about the drill heating up.

Diamond bits are special bits that are engraved with diamond dust. This is the best to use when drilling glass. If you go slow enough and don't force it and keep the bit wet the glass cuts very easily. You must wear safety glasses when drilling on glass. I would also recommend work gloves in case you heat up the glass and it should crack in your hands. When I drilled mine I had no problem with it cracking and it took only a few moments to do. The bit I was using I had used to drill holes in some stones for jewelry so it would have gone even easier if I used new bits.

Assemble The Pump

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The pump is very easy to assemble. There are two areas. One is the intake and you must make sure that stays clean and clear. Once it clogs the water power will decrease. The other is the output and that is only a tube that will squirt the water where you want it to go. Most pumps don't come with tubing, but the tubing can be purchased at any hardware store or even a pet shop in the fish tank department.

No Power, No Problem. Use A Solar Powered Pump

If you don't have a power source you can still set up your fountain using a solar powered pump. It recharges easily. You must make sure the solar panels don't grow algae on them or get dirty for it to work properly, but it's an excellent alternative.

How To Create The Glass Grapes

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I didn't buy store bought grapes for the fountain. I bought a decorative box at a yard sale for a dollar and in the box was a bag of glass marbles. I knew someday I would use them and they were perfect for the grapes.

I took around 18 inches of 14 gauge aluminum wire and some old marbles. I hot glued the marbles to the wire to form grapes. Once I was happy with the result I added some silicone glue to the grapes to hold them together. Hot glue is good for fast tacking, but doesn't hold on glass for long. You will need a drop of clear silicone over the hot glue. To get into the center I used a tooth pick.

The Fountain Is Finished - Adding Details Makes The Fountain More Interesting

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My fountain is finished and I love it. I used silicone to put it all in place. I added the grapes and then buried the bin into the ground so it was level with the rocks. Now it looks like it flows directly into the rocks. The water turned slightly yellow because some leaves fell in. This added color to the wine that drips out the bottle. I love the look. In fact I love everything I did with this fountain.

It sits right outside my kitchen doors and I can hear the running water from where I cook. It's very relaxing. In fact today I sat on one of our lounges out there and the water put me to sleep for nearly 2 hours. I am looking forward to the one I am going to build in front of my house.

All that stands between me and that one is the amount of wine in the bottle. I have to wait for people to come over because I couldn't possibly finish all of that.


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Mary Stephenson 17 months ago from California

Very interesting way on doing a fountain. I have some of those glass grapes from years back. Maybe I need to re-purpose them. I shall not throw them out now.


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Northerntrials 17 months ago

Homemade fountains are like homemade lamps - you can make them out of anything lying around and it makes them more personal that way. With the new LED lights coming in vogue you can add lighting to your fountain and it won't over tax your solar panel.

I definitely plan to look into this one more. Thanks for adding to my to do list. :)


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IMKZRNU2 17 months ago from Pacific Northwest

This looks like such a fun project. Thanks for sharing such wonderful instructions.


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SoSimplyStephanie 17 months ago from DeFuniak Springs

Great idea. My mother would love the fountain with a wine glass at the bottom. *Liked & Pinned*


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LynetteBell 17 months ago

What a clever idea:)


adiehltwin 17 months ago

That is super beautiful and something I bet I would never find in a store. Excellent!


acreativethinker 17 months ago

Oh my, this is such a unique and amazing idea. Thanks for sharing. Take care :)


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Rhonda Lytle 17 months ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie Level 7 Commenter

That is the coolest! I love how you give such detailed instructions for the glass drilling, too. It's nice to know what can go wrong so as to avoid it. Lastly, I'm in love with the grapes!


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RazzbarryBreeze 17 months ago

Love this idea and yes especially the glass grapes. Have a nice day!


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JamieHopes LM 17 months ago

Interesting idea


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SusanDeppner 17 months ago from Arkansas USA Level 7 Commenter

How beautiful! Love this creative project!


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Stuwaha 17 months ago

What a wonderful craft project. Well done!


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Scarlettohairy 17 months ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. Level 3 Commenter

So creative and really pretty!


mina009 17 months ago

Very creative!


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Diana Wenzel 17 months ago from Colorado Level 6 Commenter

Love your fountain and your enthusiasm about what you created. It's fantastic!


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HomeArtist1 17 months ago from Charlotte Level 1 Commenter

LOVIN' it, rockinpicks! Have you seen the "oversized wine glass that' 15 GAL. on Amazon? That would be great for a fountain. Great lens!


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trying2Bhealthy 17 months ago

Wow. I'm impressed. Great lens.


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LiteraryMind 17 months ago from Connecticut, USA Level 1 Commenter

This looks beautiful. This is something I really will try and build.


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shewins 17 months ago

What a wonderful idea! I always think about making a fountain, but I haven't done it yet.


LUMOSE 17 months ago

Great idea.


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lgOlson 17 months ago from Northern Arizona

How cool! And the solar powered pump is a great idea!


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jlshernandez 17 months ago

I have been wanting to create a hummingbird bird bath fountain. If I use a much shallow basin, would this idea work?


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DebMartin 17 months ago Level 2 Commenter

You are very creative. Yes, the fountain is simple. But your wine bottle and glass idea is incredible. Well done!


Classy_Chic 17 months ago

What a fun Lens. I love your idea about the wine bottle fountain.


LadyDuck 17 months ago

You did a great job, your glass grape looks beautiful and the final result is so nice!


urbanhomefarm 17 months ago

Amazing lens, very original and very informative. The wine concept is awesome!!


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katiecolette 17 months ago

Don't think I am ready to take on the project, but your wine bottle fountain turned out great. Sharing your lens on Pinterest :)


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Mickie Gee 17 months ago Level 3 Commenter

Maybe I can talk my husband into making this fountain!


GameHelp 17 months ago

This looks so great, thanks for sharing this!


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maryseena 17 months ago

I've always wanted to assemble a tabletop water element like this. Your tutorial will definitely help me. Thanks for sharing.


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Klinetka 17 months ago

Thank you for sharing. Mybe I try this myself


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Lenskeeper 17 months ago

Great idea. I love it!


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gold3 17 months ago

This is just the kind of thing I like. An original idea for the garden!


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SheGetsCreative 17 months ago from Seattle, WA Level 5 Commenter

So cool! Pinned to my "Crafty Peeps Unite" board


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SheilaSchnauzies 17 months ago from Omaha, NE Level 1 Commenter

Way cool project and well written instructions! Great lens! Congrats on your front page honors.


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angelacarson 16 months ago

That's awesome, I can't wait to try it! I have plenty of empty wine bottles to experiment with. :)


anonymous 16 months ago

looks very nice.i like it.thanx for sharing


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katespetcorner1 16 months ago

Very clever & creative :)


Bed-Bug-Bites 16 months ago

Awesome! Thanks for sharing.


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CornellMarCom LM 15 months ago

Great info. Thanks


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opatoday 15 months ago

You are AMAZING


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John Dyhouse 14 months ago from UK Level 4 Commenter

What a great original idea, this has set me thinking ...


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mel-kav 12 months ago

I love this idea. Great lens!


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karMALZEKE 9 months ago

It looks so pretty very nice!


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Spirality 8 months ago Level 2 Commenter

I love fountains in gardens. They always add that extra special beauty in a garden. I may have to start drinking wine to make this. lol


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MelanieKaren 8 months ago from Pennsylvania, USA Level 3 Commenter

This is a great fountain! -and the grapes came out perfect. nice job! :)


thegembank 8 months ago

creative and resourceful.


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esmonaco 8 months ago from Lakewood New York Level 7 Commenter

What a great idea, you are very creative, I do like this and may give it a try this year. Congratulations on LOTD!!


Ruthi 8 months ago

What a lovely wine bottle fountain you made for yourself! I would be sitting out there listening to the soothing sound of water with my morning coffee. What a serene way to begin a day.


tonyleather 8 months ago

A very nice idea and it looks great!


anonymous 8 months ago

So clever! Love this lens.


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Wednesday-Elf 8 months ago from Savannah, Georgia Level 6 Commenter

Not only creative, but you used recycled items to create it. So, creative AND green - the perfect combination. And your photos are outstanding! Definitely a quality lens. No wonder it was chosen for LotD. Well done.


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SusanDeppner 8 months ago from Arkansas USA Level 7 Commenter

Congratulations on your very clever and gorgeous Lens of the Day!


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Diana Wenzel 8 months ago from Colorado Level 6 Commenter

Stopping back by to congratulate you on Lens of the Day. I was just thinking about this project yesterday even though it has been some time since I first visited this lens. Such a cool fountain.


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GrammieOlivia 8 months ago from Toronto Level 6 Commenter

It came out beautiful, bet everyone enjoys this!


anonymous 8 months ago

Great idea. Congratulations on getting LotD!


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Virginia Allain 8 months ago from Central Florida Level 5 Commenter

Very well explained.Not sure I'll ever make one but now I know where to get the instructions if I do.


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ecogranny 8 months ago from San Francisco Level 7 Commenter

What a fun project. You took us through step-by-step in a concise yet thorough way. It will be fun to see your front yard project when it's finished.


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Faye Rutledge 8 months ago from Concord VA Level 4 Commenter

What a fun idea! Congratulations on LotD!!


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bead at home mom 8 months ago Level 2 Commenter

very, very cool! I love this idea and have added to my bookmark 'backyard dreaming'


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bead at home mom 8 months ago Level 2 Commenter

Oh and congrats on 'Lens of the Day'! way to go!


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Merrci 8 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Level 7 Commenter

Fun and clever. Congrats on Lens of the Day! Great how-to!


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Craigos LM 8 months ago

Nice resource. Don't know why but I never even thought of a solar powered pump. Thanks for the instructions.


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delia-delia 8 months ago Level 4 Commenter

Congratulations on LOTD! Great Lens, love this project...will have to look into making one...thanks for sharing!


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Susan Zutautas 8 months ago from Ontario, Canada Level 5 Commenter

I would love to make one fountains. Amazing! congrats on your lens being chosen for LOTD! Well deserved.


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PAINTDRIPS 8 months ago from Fresno CA Level 4 Commenter

Very creative. congrats on LOTD!.


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amandascloset0 8 months ago Level 2 Commenter

Very pretty, very creative! Thanks for sharing!


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Nancy Hardin 8 months ago from Las Vegas, NV Level 7 Commenter

Wow! A beautiful project, sounds like fun to do, and a spectacular fountain as the finished product: a win/win situation! Thanks for sharing and Congratulations on LOTD!!


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Rhonda Lytle 8 months ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie Level 7 Commenter

Very cool project. I love how it can be powered by a solar pump. Further, as someone who is truly accident prone, I really appreciate the safety tips about using the drill on glass.


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marley101 lm 8 months ago

Wow!! I love it

Congrats on LOTD


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mansfisa44 8 months ago

Cool Lense!


katiesnow 8 months ago

Super neat! I love it, thanks for this great idea!


carlene-ford-5 8 months ago

Great ideas.


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Lionrhod 8 months ago from Orlando, FL Level 4 Commenter

Ooh! I need to make a new fountain! Thanks!


duende333 8 months ago

Que noticia mas bonita y bien explicada.La seguiré por si tengo que realizar estas genialidades tan practicas..


duende333 8 months ago

Algun día de estos pondré en practica alguno de estos originales articulos


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GoldenRod LM 8 months ago from Superior, Arizona USA

Wonderful idea. I have a bunch of peeries (clear marbles - we used to call them that). I think the project is so clever. Thanks for sharing - would go great in my backyard.


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Arachnea 8 months ago from Texas USA

this sounds like fun, perfect for a party. i make a lovely champagne punch (bion it has no champagne) which would be perfect for this project. great lens and congrats on lotd.


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PattiJAdkins 7 months ago

So cool! Love it.


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DeborahDian 6 months ago from Orange County, California Level 5 Commenter

What a fun and fabulous idea!


MoshiMonsterFan 6 months ago

totally awesome! Those grapes make me feel hungry plus they look like real grapes!


duende333 6 months ago

Super original,muy creativo y a tener en cuenta antes de tirar nada


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JimHofman 6 months ago Level 1 Commenter

What a neat idea! We definitely want to try this. Thanks for the inspiration.


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FreeHorseGames 5 months ago

I simply love this lens! This wine bottle fountain looks so cool and stylish. Congrats!


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DANCING COWGIRL 3 months ago from Texas Level 3 Commenter

How cool. I wonder if the wine would last till I got one built. hahahah


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Lee Hansen 2 days ago from Vermont Level 3 Commenter

I have a small rock fountain and we have a garden pond with a larger fountain but I REALLY love this idea with the wine bottle and martini glass. I think I may need to make one for my sister ... and one for me, and for my brother, and and and ... thanks for the glass drilling tips!

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