The principles of feng shui say that moving water attracts chi or life-force. For that reason, fountains are placed in indoor spaces, especially inside entryways, by those seeking to attract positive energy to their homes and offices. An added benefit is that the soothing, gentle sound of spilling, falling water builds a sense of quiet, peaceful, and harmonious relationship to the natural world around us.
Rather than buying an expensive tabletop fountain, here are the simple, fun steps to making your own, simply and inexpensively. Add a sense of peaceful sanctuary to your home, and attract good energy, too.
You will need:
A large bowl of ceramic, metal, or resin at least 3” deep x 12” in diameter
An 80 GPH pump
Flat slabs of stone
6” length of ¼” ID vinyl hose
6” of 3/8” ID vinyl hose
6“ of ½” ID vinyl hose
Decorative elements, such as polished stones, tiny sculpture pieces, or small shells (optional)
Plants, such as moss and ferns (optional)
1. Choose a pretty bowl to be your reservoir. Seal any leaks with silicone caulk.
2. Set the pump in the bowl, fill the bowl, and plug in the pump. Be ready to unplug it if the water spouts into the air and out of the bowl. Adjust the flow control until you create a gentle flow a few inches high.
3. Stack slabs of stone around and finally over the pump. When you have created an island of stone and can imagine where you would like to see the stream begin, unstack the stone, cut short lengths of different sizes of hose so that they can be telescoped together to reach the place where you see the stream beginning. Fit them together, making sure that the upper end can be coaxed in to a right-angled bend without crimping shut, and attach to the pump.
4. Now rebuld your stone pile so that it contains and conceals the tubing, which ends with a right-angled bend from the vertical to the horizontal so that water comes out from beneath one of the upper stones. You may need to rebuild your waterfall several times to achieve the pattern of flow you want.
5. If you like, add some decorative elements, such as polished stones, tiny sculpture pieces, or small shells – whatever you feel is necessary to make the fountain uniquely suited to you and the location you intend to place it. Add small clumps of moss and ferns, if you have access to them.
Adapted from Simple Fountains for Indoors and Outdoors by Dorcas Adkins (Storey Books, 1999). Copyright (c) 1999 by Dorcas Adkins. Reprinted by permission of Storey Books.
Adapted from Simple Fountains for Indoors and Outdoors by Dorcas Adkins (Storey Books, 1999).