Tutorial: Water Fountain

I've been wanting to post this since last summer, when I learned it in a parent-child class, but then time went by and it didn't seem a very wintery sort of craft to post about. Now a year has passed and it's summer again. Where does the time go?!


All you need is a plastic water bottle and tape or markers to decorate it. The plastic bottle must have a cap. Oh and the grown up uses some sort of awl, nail/hammer, or something else to punch holes in the bottle. 


(Note: about plastic bottles, we try to avoid buying them, but if you do have any lying around or find any as trash, it feels better to give them a second life as a craft project before recycling them.)

Have your child decorate the bottle as s/he sees fit.

Then you, grown up, use an awl, or nail and hammer, to punch holes in it either at random or in a pattern. 

After that, fill the bottle with water and put the cap on. Take it outside. When your child starts to unscrew the cap, the water will flow out of the holes. This makes a great science experiment too for the little ones: what happens if you unscrew it part way? all the way? 

Such a simple quick project, but it provides a lot of fun on a summer day.


7 thoughts on “Tutorial: Water Fountain

  1. Francesca

    Our organic milk is now sold in plastic bottles only, which really doesn’t seem to make any sense to me. So we always collect a huge amount of plastic bottles: I’ll be glad to give them one more use as fountains, before taking them to recycling bin!

  2. Jessica

    This is cute, fun and simple! If you go to home depot, you can get yourself an attachment piece and screw the home-made water fountain on to the garden hose and let the kids go nuts!

  3. Jennifer Margulis

    This looks like a lot of fun. And the photos are gorgeous. It must be all the natural light!
    Where does the time go? Girlfriend, you have FOUR CHILDREN and one is a baby. Need I say more?!


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