Simple steps to build a Tabletop Water Fountain

Written by Rachel Paul

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Steps: 1. Placerepparttar decorative slate or tile onrepparttar 116225 table. Placerepparttar 116226 bowl onrepparttar 116227 slate or tile.

2. Placerepparttar 116228 pump atrepparttar 116229 bottom ofrepparttar 116230 bowl, taking care to seerepparttar 116231 cord is draped torepparttar 116232 back ofrepparttar 116233 container. Use suction cups to makerepparttar 116234 pump stick torepparttar 116235 bottom ofrepparttar 116236 container. Add tap water to more than coverrepparttar 116237 intake value [2” minimum]. Plugrepparttar 116238 pump intorepparttar 116239 electric outlet. (It is advisable to test outrepparttar 116240 pump in a bucket or sink before placing it inrepparttar 116241 container.) Unplugrepparttar 116242 pump to adjustrepparttar 116243 water flow, if needed.

3. Cutrepparttar 116244 tubing length to fit your container and design. Fit one end ofrepparttar 116245 tubing torepparttar 116246 pump spout. Place larger rocks to coverrepparttar 116247 pump and fillrepparttar 116248 bottom ofrepparttar 116249 container.

4. Arrangerepparttar 116250 smaller rocks and tiles /slate /driftwood by stacking them so as to create a diverse and irregular path forrepparttar 116251 water flow. You can reducerepparttar 116252 water flow from a geyser to a gurgle by coveringrepparttar 116253 open end ofrepparttar 116254 tube with tumbled glass.

5. Plug inrepparttar 116255 pump, adjustrepparttar 116256 water volume and stones as needed to producerepparttar 116257 sound that appeals most to your ears.

6. Suction excess water fromrepparttar 116258 container with a turkey baster.

7. Place figurines, plant cuttings, ivy, moss, shells or tiles to hiderepparttar 116259 tubing and electric cord.

8. Place a candle in a candleholder besiderepparttar 116260 fountain,repparttar 116261 light fromrepparttar 116262 candle will glisten onrepparttar 116263 water and reflect its light ontorepparttar 116264 fountain arrangement.

Maintenance tips:

Check water level daily forrepparttar 116265 first week, adding fresh water as needed to keeprepparttar 116266 pump completely covered. Add a small amount of bleach or petri oil torepparttar 116267 water to cleanserepparttar 116268 fountain and keeprepparttar 116269 water shimmering. Cleanrepparttar 116270 fountain components every month to remove slime and algae. Every three months, take fountain apart and cleanrepparttar 116271 pump. Pull offrepparttar 116272 front cover, remove debris from propeller and screen, and wiperepparttar 116273 bottom. Reassemble your fountain, experimenting with a different bowl and accents.

More Resources:

Tabletop Fountain: "Mountain Seep"

Simple Rock Fountain:,,170784_209022,00.html?arrivalSA=1&cobrandRef=0&arrival_freqCap=2

Under $30 fountain:

Feng Shui Table-Top fountain:

Copper Frame Fountain:


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How to Make a Gift Basket Like a Pro!

Written by Kristine Mulholland

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Now userepparttar bamboo skewers andrepparttar 116224 tape to place “stakes” onrepparttar 116225 back of each gift item. Make sure to leave about 1-1 ˝” ofrepparttar 116226 stake hanging overrepparttar 116227 edge of each item. This is how you will stakerepparttar 116228 item intorepparttar 116229 foam so that it won’t move around. Place taller gift items inrepparttar 116230 back ofrepparttar 116231 basket, and smaller items towardrepparttar 116232 front. Before you “stake”repparttar 116233 gift items, set them up inrepparttar 116234 basket to see which items will fit best where. Design with an eye for an overall pleasing shape to your basket, distributingrepparttar 116235 weight of gift items evenly. Tip: Layering items at different heights inrepparttar 116236 container makesrepparttar 116237 overall design more pleasing. To do this, simply leave more ofrepparttar 116238 bamboo skewer hanging overrepparttar 116239 edge of particular items, so that they appear taller when you stake them intorepparttar 116240 foam.

As an alternative to using bamboo skewer “stakes” to place your items, you can put pieces of wadded up newspaper inrepparttar 116241 container, and then use your hands to smash down “pockets” inrepparttar 116242 newspaper (or craft paper) where your items can be placed. You can then use GlueDots to holdrepparttar 116243 items in place. You would put one or two GlueDots on each item, and then secure it torepparttar 116244 item next to or torepparttar 116245 container itself. Tip: make sure that you don’t put too many heavy items all inrepparttar 116246 back ofrepparttar 116247 container, as it will makerepparttar 116248 basket tip over.

After all of your items are secured inrepparttar 116249 container, fill inrepparttar 116250 empty spaces with shred (available at craft stores) or curling ribbon. Now you can really get creative! Userepparttar 116251 silk flowers, eucalyptus stems, or other items you bought as enhancement, and place them intorepparttar 116252 foam aroundrepparttar 116253 sides, and alongrepparttar 116254 back edge ofrepparttar 116255 basket. This isrepparttar 116256 finishing touch for your beautiful gift!

Now it’s time to wraprepparttar 116257 basket in cellophane. Spreadrepparttar 116258 cellophane out on a flat surface, placingrepparttar 116259 basket inrepparttar 116260 center. To cut torepparttar 116261 desired length, hold up one end ofrepparttar 116262 cellophane, andrepparttar 116263 other end that is still attached torepparttar 116264 roll, and bring them together aboverepparttar 116265 basket, making sure to leave at least 5-6” extra cellophane aboverepparttar 116266 top ofrepparttar 116267 basket. After you have cutrepparttar 116268 cellophane fromrepparttar 116269 roll, bring both ends together aboverepparttar 116270 basket, then pull uprepparttar 116271 other sides ofrepparttar 116272 cellophane so that all of it meets inrepparttar 116273 middle aboverepparttar 116274 basket. Take a piece of curling ribbon, and tierepparttar 116275 gathered cellophane together with this. Now gatherrepparttar 116276 excess cellophane aboverepparttar 116277 curling ribbon into a bunch. Cutrepparttar 116278 bunch straight across leaving 4-5” of cellophane aboverepparttar 116279 curling ribbon. Now you can fluff outrepparttar 116280 remaining cellophane aboverepparttar 116281 curling ribbon. Finishrepparttar 116282 basket with a beautiful hand-tied bow usingrepparttar 116283 wired ribbon!

Congratulations! You did it, and I bet it looks great!

Kristine Mulholland is a Gift Basket Designer in Salt Lake City, Utah. To see her beautiful Gift Baskets visit

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