As a nice Christmas present or atmospheric decoration or with the additional benefit as a humidifier - an indoor fountain is always a wonderful eye-catcher.
And once you've done it yourself, you also know that you can transform it any time into another design.
All you need is basicly an aquarium pump for about 5,95 €, a piece of old hose and a waterproof vessel. In this case we bought the casserole dish for 3,95 - something else for free can often also be found in your kitchen cupboard or your basement. The other materials you can get everywhere for free, but they are also available at hardware stores.
Gravel and stones can be found either at a walk or in the drainage eaves strip every third house. A piece of bamboo is not always around, but Japanese Knotweed does it as well. This plant is spreading pestilentially in Germany and is found almost everywhere where there is a little water. You just have to cut a short length pipe to hide the hose from the pump.
If you want to use exchangable flowers, you should use a low jam jar as a planter. It must of course be higher than the later water level. Otherwise the roots will rot in record time and the water will be stinky and dirty. A cut yoghurt cup works as well. But the yoghurt cup could float to the top and must be either glued or clamped securely.
Now the pump is positioned and the tube slipped over it. You should use larger stones to make sure the pump is fixed. This is for the reason that the pump may never run without water. Larger spaces you prevent that the pump sucks too little wate. In gravel this danger is very low, but if you use finer stones this might happen.
Another important note; Such aqarium pumps are usually adjustable. Before installation set them onto nearly the lowest level! Why do we recommend this? Because it is not a fountain, which shall sprayand wets the whole area around! And that is exactly what an indoor fountain does, as soon as you hear a noise louder than a whisper. The effect would be that your new indoor fountain floats in a puddle after a half hour of running time.
But there is another solution, how to run the pump occasionally on full throttle. Namely a dimmable socket! Unfortunately there are existing no aquarium pumps without a cable. So it has to disappear somehow.Therefore you can fix the cable with a clothespin or tape. Of course, at a place where you can cover it with decoration material afterwards.
In principle,this is already all. Now you can fill the bowl with stones or other water resistable stuff. For example with shells or marbles or pieces of pottery or coins or whatever. Depending on the season, theme, or perhaps the profession of presentee.
Our Christmas decorations in indoor fountains are all leftovers. So the cheapest version costs only 6 euros for the pump. There is no limit concerning the equipment. Here a little bow, there some more pine green or maybe the stones in assorted colors? Or, LED illuminated, or, or, or... even a morbid version has a special charm. Have fun while thinking what else might be possible.