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 driftwood 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 toothpick.
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.
I would love to hear your comments about this lens
Pat on July 05, 2017:
What a great idea... I showed a friend and here immediate response was "Make two, Pat." BTW, we'll volunteer to help you empty the wine bottles. LOL
Ashly Christen from Illinois on November 30, 2015:
SO CRAFTY! I love it! Really like the idea of the glass grapes!
Lee Hansen from Vermont on November 24, 2014:
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!
Dancing Cowgirl Design from Texas on August 17, 2014:
How cool. I wonder if the wine would last till I got one built. hahahah
FreeHorseGames on June 21, 2014:
I simply love this lens! This wine bottle fountain looks so cool and stylish. Congrats!
JimHofman on May 22, 2014:
What a neat idea! We definitely want to try this. Thanks for the inspiration.
duende333 on May 06, 2014:
Super original,muy creativo y a tener en cuenta antes de tirar nada
MoshiMonsterFan on May 05, 2014:
totally awesome! Those grapes make me feel hungry plus they look like real grapes!
Deborah Carr from Orange County, California on May 03, 2014:
What a fun and fabulous idea!
hazeldesantos on April 05, 2014:
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PattiJAdkins on April 01, 2014:
So cool! Love it.
Tanya Jones from Texas USA on March 31, 2014:
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.
John R Wilsdon from Superior, Arizona USA on March 30, 2014:
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.
duende333 on March 30, 2014:
Algun dÃa de estos pondrÃ© en practica alguno de estos originales articulos
duende333 on March 30, 2014:
Que noticia mas bonita y bien explicada.La seguirÃ© por si tengo que realizar estas genialidades tan practicas..
Lionrhod from Orlando, FL on March 30, 2014:
Ooh! I need to make a new fountain! Thanks!
carlene-ford-5 on March 30, 2014:
katiesnow on March 29, 2014:
Super neat! I love it, thanks for this great idea!
mansfisa44 on March 29, 2014:
marley101 lm on March 29, 2014:
Wow!! I love it
Congrats on LOTD
Rhonda Lytle from Deep in the heart of Dixie on March 29, 2014:
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.
Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on March 29, 2014:
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!!
amandascloset0 on March 29, 2014:
Very pretty, very creative! Thanks for sharing!
Denise McGill from Fresno CA on March 29, 2014:
Very creative. congrats on LOTD!.
Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on March 29, 2014:
I would love to make one fountains. Amazing! congrats on your lens being chosen for LOTD! Well deserved.
Delia on March 29, 2014:
Congratulations on LOTD! Great Lens, love this project...will have to look into making one...thanks for sharing!
CraigOs from USA on March 29, 2014:
Nice resource. Don't know why but I never even thought of a solar powered pump. Thanks for the instructions.
Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on March 29, 2014:
Fun and clever. Congrats on Lens of the Day! Great how-to!
bead at home mom on March 29, 2014:
Oh and congrats on 'Lens of the Day'! way to go!
bead at home mom on March 29, 2014:
very, very cool! I love this idea and have added to my bookmark 'backyard dreaming'
Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on March 29, 2014:
What a fun idea! Congratulations on LotD!!
Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on March 29, 2014:
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.
Virginia Allain from Central Florida on March 29, 2014:
Very well explained.Not sure I'll ever make one but now I know where to get the instructions if I do.
anonymous on March 29, 2014:
Great idea. Congratulations on getting LotD!
GrammieOlivia on March 29, 2014:
It came out beautiful, bet everyone enjoys this!
Renaissance Woman from Colorado on March 29, 2014:
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.
Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on March 29, 2014:
Congratulations on your very clever and gorgeous Lens of the Day!
Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on March 29, 2014:
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.
anonymous on March 29, 2014:
So clever! Love this lens.
tonyleather on March 29, 2014:
A very nice idea and it looks great!
Ruthi on March 29, 2014:
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.
Eugene Samuel Monaco from Lakewood New York on March 29, 2014:
What a great idea, you are very creative, I do like this and may give it a try this year. Congratulations on LOTD!!
thegembank on March 29, 2014:
creative and resourceful.
Melanie Wilcox from Pennsylvania, USA on March 28, 2014:
This is a great fountain! -and the grapes came out perfect. nice job! :)
Spirality on March 19, 2014:
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
karMALZEKE on February 08, 2014:
It looks so pretty very nice!
mel-kav on November 14, 2013:
I love this idea. Great lens!
John Dyhouse from UK on September 15, 2013:
What a great original idea, this has set me thinking ...
opatoday on August 31, 2013:
You are AMAZING
CornellMarCom LM on August 04, 2013:
Great info. Thanks
Bed-Bug-Bites on July 22, 2013:
Awesome! Thanks for sharing.
katespetcorner1 on July 21, 2013:
Very clever & creative :)
anonymous on July 07, 2013:
looks very nice.i like it.thanx for sharing
angelacarson on July 06, 2013:
That's awesome, I can't wait to try it! I have plenty of empty wine bottles to experiment with. :)
Sheila from Omaha, NE on July 03, 2013:
Way cool project and well written instructions! Great lens! Congrats on your front page honors.
Angela F from Seattle, WA on July 01, 2013:
So cool! Pinned to my "Crafty Peeps Unite" board
gold3 on June 29, 2013:
This is just the kind of thing I like. An original idea for the garden!
Lenskeeper on June 27, 2013:
Great idea. I love it!
Klinetka on June 27, 2013:
Thank you for sharing. Mybe I try this myself
maryseena on June 26, 2013:
I've always wanted to assemble a tabletop water element like this. Your tutorial will definitely help me. Thanks for sharing.
GameHelp on June 25, 2013:
This looks so great, thanks for sharing this!
Mickie Gee on June 25, 2013:
Maybe I can talk my husband into making this fountain!
katiecolette on June 24, 2013:
Don't think I am ready to take on the project, but your wine bottle fountain turned out great. Sharing your lens on Pinterest :)
urbanhomefarm on June 24, 2013:
Amazing lens, very original and very informative. The wine concept is awesome!!
LadyDuck on June 22, 2013:
You did a great job, your glass grape looks beautiful and the final result is so nice!
Classy_Chic on June 22, 2013:
What a fun Lens. I love your idea about the wine bottle fountain.
DebMartin on June 22, 2013:
You are very creative. Yes, the fountain is simple. But your wine bottle and glass idea is incredible. Well done!
jlshernandez on June 21, 2013:
I have been wanting to create a hummingbird bird bath fountain. If I use a much shallow basin, would this idea work?
L Olson from Northern Arizona on June 21, 2013:
How cool! And the solar powered pump is a great idea!
LUMOSE on June 21, 2013:
shewins on June 20, 2013:
What a wonderful idea! I always think about making a fountain, but I haven't done it yet.
Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on June 20, 2013:
This looks beautiful. This is something I really will try to build.
trying2Bhealthy on June 20, 2013:
Wow. I'm impressed. Great lens.
Wendy Hughes from Charlotte on June 20, 2013:
LOVIN' it, rockinpicks! Have you seen the "oversized wine glass that' 15 GAL. on Amazon? That would be great for a fountain. Great lens!
Renaissance Woman from Colorado on June 20, 2013:
Love your fountain and your enthusiasm about what you created. It's fantastic!
mina009 on June 20, 2013:
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on June 20, 2013:
So creative and really pretty!
Stuwaha on June 20, 2013:
What a wonderful craft project. Well done!
Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on June 20, 2013:
How beautiful! Love this creative project!
JamieHopes LM on June 20, 2013:
RazzbarryBreeze on June 20, 2013:
Love this idea and yes especially the glass grapes. Have a nice day!
Rhonda Lytle from Deep in the heart of Dixie on June 19, 2013:
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!
acreativethinker on June 19, 2013:
Oh my, this is such a unique and amazing idea. Thanks for sharing. Take care :)
adiehltwin on June 19, 2013:
That is super beautiful and something I bet I would never find in a store. Excellent!
LynetteBell from Christchurch, New Zealand on June 19, 2013:
What a clever idea:)
Stephanie from DeFuniak Springs on June 19, 2013:
Great idea. My mother would love the fountain with a wine glass at the bottom. *Liked & Pinned*
IMKZRNU2 from Pacific Northwest on June 19, 2013:
This looks like such a fun project. Thanks for sharing such wonderful instructions.
Northerntrials on June 19, 2013:
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. :)
Mary Stephenson from California on June 19, 2013:
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.