How To Create A Wine Bottle Fountain
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.
Photo Credit : Rockinpicks
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
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
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
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
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.