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How To Create A Wine Bottle Fountain

Updated on August 16, 2014

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

Supplies

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

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      Mary Stephenson 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

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

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      Stephanie 3 years 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 3 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      What a clever idea:)

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      adiehltwin 3 years ago

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

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      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 3 years ago

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

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      JamieHopes LM 3 years ago

      Interesting idea

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      How beautiful! Love this creative project!

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      Stuwaha 3 years ago

      What a wonderful craft project. Well done!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 3 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      So creative and really pretty!

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      mina009 3 years ago

      Very creative!

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      Wendy Hughes 3 years ago from Charlotte

      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 3 years ago

      Wow. I'm impressed. Great lens.

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      Ellen Gregory 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

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

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      shewins 3 years ago

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

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      LUMOSE 3 years ago

      Great idea.

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      L. Olson 3 years ago from Northern Arizona

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

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      jlshernandez 3 years 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 3 years ago

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

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      Classy_Chic 3 years ago

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

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      LadyDuck 3 years ago

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

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      urbanhomefarm 3 years ago

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

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      katiecolette 3 years 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 Goad 3 years ago

      Maybe I can talk my husband into making this fountain!

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      GameHelp 3 years ago

      This looks so great, thanks for sharing this!

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      maryseena 3 years 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 3 years ago

      Thank you for sharing. Mybe I try this myself

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      Lenskeeper 3 years ago

      Great idea. I love it!

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      gold3 3 years ago

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

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

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

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      Sheila 3 years ago from Omaha, NE

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

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      angelacarson 3 years ago

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

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      looks very nice.i like it.thanx for sharing

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      katespetcorner1 3 years ago

      Very clever & creative :)

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      Bed-Bug-Bites 3 years ago

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing.

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      CornellMarCom LM 3 years ago

      Great info. Thanks

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      opatoday 3 years ago

      You are AMAZING

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      John Dyhouse 3 years ago from UK

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

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      mel-kav 3 years ago

      I love this idea. Great lens!

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      karMALZEKE 3 years ago

      It looks so pretty very nice!

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      Spirality 3 years ago

      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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      Melanie Wilcox 3 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

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

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      thegembank 3 years ago

      creative and resourceful.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

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

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      Ruthi 3 years 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.

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      A very nice idea and it looks great!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      So clever! Love this lens.

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      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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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

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

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      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 3 years ago

      It came out beautiful, bet everyone enjoys this!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Great idea. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      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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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      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 3 years ago from Concord VA

      What a fun idea! Congratulations on LotD!!

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      Teri Hansen 3 years ago

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

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      Teri Hansen 3 years ago

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

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

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

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      Craigos LM 3 years 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 3 years ago

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

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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      Denise McGill 3 years ago from Fresno CA

      Very creative. congrats on LOTD!.

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      amandascloset0 3 years ago

      Very pretty, very creative! Thanks for sharing!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      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 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      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 3 years ago

      Wow!! I love it

      Congrats on LOTD

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      mansfisa44 3 years ago

      Cool Lense!

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      katiesnow 3 years ago

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

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      carlene-ford-5 3 years ago

      Great ideas.

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      Lionrhod 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

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

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      duende333 3 years ago

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

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      duende333 3 years ago

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

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      John R Wilsdon 3 years 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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      Tanya Jones 3 years 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 3 years ago

      So cool! Love it.

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      This fountain is so cool! Honestly, this was a great read.

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      Deborah Carr 2 years ago from Orange County, California

      What a fun and fabulous idea!

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      MoshiMonsterFan 2 years ago

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

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      duende333 2 years ago

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

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      JimHofman 2 years ago

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

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      FreeHorseGames 2 years ago

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

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 2 years ago from Texas

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

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      Lee Hansen 2 years ago from Vermont

      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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      Ashly Christen 17 months ago from Illinois

      SO CRAFTY! I love it! Really like the idea of the glass grapes!

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