Simple steps to build a Tabletop Water Fountain

Written by Rachel Paul

Water isrepparttar essence of life. Creating your own table top fountains is a wonderful way to bring out your creativity and self-expression while simultaneously relieving stress and enhancing your interior décor. There are many unique benefits to having a fountain at home or work:

# The gentle soothing sound of flowing water can help you relax and meditate in your bedroom after a hard day’s work; # Startrepparttar 116225 day listening torepparttar 116226 music ofrepparttar 116227 splashing water and enjoyrepparttar 116228 invigorating effect it has on your mood. # Fountains humidifyrepparttar 116229 indoor air, especially if your home or workplace is dry due to continual air-conditioning. This is extremely helpful in preventing your skin from drying out. # Fountains release negative ions, said to promote better moods and concentration. Building a water fountain can be as simple as putting some stones and a small pump into a container with water. It does not have to be expensive or fancy. Nothing can compare torepparttar 116230 feeling of accomplishment from creating your own fountain.

Materials Needed:

1 A waterproof container or bowl of proper depth. Choose a container between 8-16 inches across in diameter and depth of at least 4-6 inches. The water has to coverrepparttar 116231 pump; otherwise,repparttar 116232 pump will burn out. You can use ceramic bowls, plastic flower pots, glass, or wood boxes. The easiest and least expensive containers are plastic pots or ceramic bowls. Some plastic pots tend to vibrate when you put everything together. Ceramic bowls are more solid, lesseningrepparttar 116233 vibration Look in your cupboard for a casserole, serving dish, punch bowl, or fruit bowl if you're in a hurry to make a fountain.

2. A small water pump (less than 100 gallons per hour) and clear plastic tubing (1/2" inner dimension or 5/8" outer dimension). Fish tank pumps are fine. The smallest ones work well forrepparttar 116234 typical size containers. Some shops supply suction cups with water pumps. Bothrepparttar 116235 pump and tubing can be found at an aquarium, hardware, or garden supply store. To straightenrepparttar 116236 hose, boil it in water for a while.

3.Rocks; pebbles; slate; crystals; semi-precious stones; drift wood pieces; shells, anything that goes in water can be used. Each item can have a special meaning, thus adding torepparttar 116237 individuality of your fountain If you select rocks from your garden make sure you clean them well in a water-bleach bath. You can substitute polyethylene spray foam for bigger rocks thus reducingrepparttar 116238 need for heavy rocks.

4. Plants add greenery to your fountain. A small clipping will do nicely. You could also use a small pot or glass bottle [baby food jar], fill it with water, putrepparttar 116239 plant inside and place it insiderepparttar 116240 fountain bowl.

How to Make a Gift Basket Like a Pro!

Written by Kristine Mulholland

Gift Baskets make great gifts for every occasion; they are fun to give and fun to receive! Have you ever wondered how to make a beautiful, professional looking Gift Basket? Well, you are about to learn how!

Since you have probably already decided who you are givingrepparttar gift basket to, and for what occasion, thenrepparttar 116224 first step is to write down a list of your recipient’s interests. By making a list like this, you can decide what kind of theme your gift basket will have, and what kind of gift items you will include. Does your recipient like cooking, gardening, reading, golfing, fishing? Isrepparttar 116225 gift basket intended for a specific occasion such asrepparttar 116226 birth of a new baby, or a particular holiday? The answer to these questions is where you will begin to make your own gift basket.

Pick a container. You can use a traditional basket as your container, or you may want to use something entirely different. If you are making a gardening gift basket, why not choose a clay pot, or if you are making a fishing gift basket, you could use a tackle box asrepparttar 116227 container. You could use a colander for a cooking “gift basket”, or an Italian theme basket. You could use a child’s small wagon, or a large toy truck as a container for a child’s gift basket. The possibilities are endless! Just let your imagination run wild.

Now, refer back torepparttar 116228 list of themed gift items you made earlier. You will use these items to build your basket. Adding pre-packaged food items into your basket is always a good idea! People love treats! You can also use, wine, champagne, nuts, non-perishable cheese spreads, crackers, popcorn, candy, or whatever special items your recipient likes to snack on. If you are making a basket for a new baby, you could use baby powder, baby shampoo, baby bath wash, hooded towels, bottles, rattles, receiving blankets andrepparttar 116229 like. Pre-packaged food mixes, such as pancake mixes, brownie mixes, cookie mixes and so forth make great items for housewarming baskets. Maybe you could use a skillet as your container, and add some wooden spoons, potholders etc. Let your creativity flow!

Now it is time to begin to assemble your gift basket. Here is a list of items you will need, they are all available at your local craft store:

1. A Container (basket or something else)

2. Foam blocks, newspaper, bamboo skewers, clear tape, scissors, wire cutters, GlueDots (optional)

3. Your gift items

4. Silk flowers, eucalyptus stems, or other items to “enhance”repparttar 116230 basket.

5. Cellophane wrap, wired ribbon (forrepparttar 116231 bow), and shred or curling ribbon to matchrepparttar 116232 general color scheme of your gift.

You need a base inrepparttar 116233 container to stabilize and place your items. You can use floral foam blocks (available at any craft store), or you can use craft paper, or newspaper. If you are using foam blocks, cutrepparttar 116234 block to fit inside your container, you might have to cutrepparttar 116235 blocks in several pieces and them connect them together with bamboo skewers. Be sure to leave a little space betweenrepparttar 116236 interior edges ofrepparttar 116237 basket, andrepparttar 116238 foam. Place some wadded up newspaper inrepparttar 116239 bottom of your container to setrepparttar 116240 foam blocks on top of. You might want to wraprepparttar 116241 foam in tissue paper first, although this is not necessary, but it will keeprepparttar 116242 green foam off ofrepparttar 116243 gift items.

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