Glass waterfalls are gorgeous pieces that add ambiance to the inside or outside of your home (where ever you choose to display it.) While these pieces can be bought, if you’re the crafty sort you might consider making one yourself. Making your own glass waterfall can actually save you a bit of money, if you’re looking to beautify your home on a budget.
So how exactly do you go about creating your own glass waterfall? It’s fairly easy, to be honest.
- Select a Glass Panel. Your glass panel should be the desired height and width of the waterfall, and should be at least one inch thick. (Check out specialty glass stores to have the perfect glass panel cut to your specifications.)
- Select 2 Rectangular Planters. These will need to be at least as wide as your panel; one planter will be used as your reservoir and needs to be at least 10 inches deep. The other planter will go on top of your glass panel to hide the tubing (and also brace the glass.) The bottom planter can be made from any type of material, but the top one needs to be lightweight and at least 4-6 inches deep.
- Seal the Drainage Opening. Use silicone sealant for this. Attach four rubber stoppers across the top of one end of your glass panel (use waterproof adhesive). You’ll want to space the stoppers equally across the top of the panel, and allow the sealant and adhesive to dry.
- Place the Bottom Planter (i.e. the Reservoir Planter) Against Your Designated “Waterfall Wall”. Stand the panel inside the the planter, making sure the rubber stoppers are on top. Brace the front with bricks inside the planter; brace the planter against the wall with weighted objects until the top of your glass panel has been secured.
- Invert the Top Panel on the Glass Panel, Marking the Wall Behind the Panel with 2 Wall Brackets on Each End. Then, remove the planter and attach brackets to the back of the planter; attach to brackets in wall, making sure at least one is placed into a wall stud.
- Cover the Rubber Stoppers with Waterproof Construction Adhesive. Fit the inverted planter atop the panel so it rests on the stoppers; attach the back of the planter to the wall brackets and allow the adhesive to dry.
- Place Your Waterfall Pump inside the Reservoir Planter. Plastic tubing will need to be cut to fit from the pump to the top of the waterfall; attach one end of the tubing to the pump spout and run along the back (side) edge to the top edge of the glass panel; fit the tubing between 2 rubber stoppers so the open end lays on the top edge. Use duct tape to hold into place.
- Cover the Pump and Bricks with Decorative Stones. Then, fill the reservoir with water.
Wah-lah! You’ve just built your own glass waterfall. Not only can you adapt the instructions to make your own, unique waterfall, you will save a bunch of money in the process.
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