I wish I could take full credit for this gorgeous “Thrifty Glass Fountain”, but I can only take partial. While I did help design the glass fountain, all I really did after someone else supplied the pieces and put it together, was add the solar fountain insert, pour water into it, and find the best corner on our deck to display it 😲. I can’t wait to share all the details below, and maybe you can make one for yourself!
Before we get started, I invite you to visit all of the amazing “Thrifty Style Team” projects at the end of this post. Our team of 10 do-it-yourself bloggers, who love to decorate on a budget, really have some great ideas this month (and every second Friday of each month).
Where I Found My Thrifty Fountain
Colored glass has ALWAYS been one of my favorite go-to decorating accents because not only can you find a ton of it in thrift stores like I did for my Rainbow Ombre Colored Glass Shelf, but you probably have a few pieces in your cupboard right now (go look and see 😊).
Now, although I did not find the pieces to this Thrifty Fountain in the thrift store, I bet you indeed could. Before I get to how you can create this DIY fountain yourself, I want you to know that I found the local creator (SE Michigan) of this fountain on Facebook Marketplace. You may remember last Fall when I shared how I sell things we no longer need on Facebook Marketplace:
Well, while I was busy selling tons of items on Facebook Marketplace, I realized it was also a fantastic on line source to buy used thrifty items, too! Have you ever tried thrift store shopping virtually? It really is a blast, and you can find just about anything. Porch pick-up is also so convenient when you do find something. I share lots of tips in the post above.
So, yes…I did find this fountain on Facebook Marketplace. The designer worked with me in “messenger” figuring out what I was looking for. For example, I new I wanted it to be blue, and funky. We went back and forth for about 2 weeks sharing photos, ideas, talking, and we finally reached the point where it was EXACTLY what I wanted, and more (she was truly so kind and patient with me). If you are interested in the seller, you can contact her here. Please let her know I sent you!
How to Style a Thrifty Fountain
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After my husband and I ventured out of our “pandemic stay at home life” 🙄 to pick up the fountain (and pay for it), we brought it home and it didn’t need anything except a nice sunny spot, some water, and the solar fountain the creator recommended (see link below to purchase one). It just looked, and sounded so beautiful/peaceful I was so happy. It was exactly what our deck needed (I absolutely love the sound of water).
How to Make Your Own DIY Fountain
Now, I am not an expert on how to make a Thrifty Fountain, however I do know that it doesn’t sound all that difficult, and I plan to try it myself one day (It’s getting too cold now). I learned from the talented crafter that with a little gluing (okay maybe a lt of gluing and patience), and of course the addition of the solar fountain, you really could create one of these using what you have (or hunt for more cool colored glass pieces).
In other words, if you have 2 large plates, a vase, a big bowl, and a funky piece (the funky bumpy 😆 blue glass piece here was part of a candle holder) you basically have what you need. I also know that similar glass beads that you see glued on the middle plate can be found at the dollar store. Here’s a few more supplies you would need once you find your fountain “pieces”:
So, what do you think of the Thrifty Glass Fountain? Do you want to try to make one? I was actually thinking about a “table top fountain” for next year??? Doesn’t that sound fun? The options are endless. Tell me your ideas in the comments pretty please 👩🦰.
Here’s 9 more lovely Thrifty Style Team ideas for this month…
Redhead Can Decorate – Thrifty Glass Fountain
The Painted Hinge – Mixing Natural and Faux Elements on a Fall Mantel
DIY Beautify – Decorating with Inexpensive Amber Glass Bottles
2 Bees In A Pod – Chalk Painted Rocking Chair
Postcards From The Ridge – Fall Table with Thrifted, Gifted, and Foraged Finds
The Creek Line House – The Secret Formula for the Perfect Painted Gold Frame
The How-To Home – Painted Dollar Store Pumpkins
The Tattered Pew – DIY Faux Pumpkin WIth Floating Votives
Sweet Pea – Amazing Ideas for Fall Outdoor Decor
What Meegan Makes – Unique Fall Decorating with Vintage Pieces
Cottage At The Crossroads – How to Disguise a Chest Freezer
I Should Be Mopping The Floor – How to Make Hand-Poured Candles