How To Make A Homemade Heron Fountain With Recycled Materials

How to make a homemade Heron fountain

Today we are going to do something that does not require electricity to function, although it will really seem otherwise. We are going to make Heron’s fountain using fairly common materials and in recycled cases. This is a very easy project to do and it would be ideal to do with the little ones in the house. A lesson in fluid dynamics or perpetual motion.

Heron (Hero) of Alexandria was an inventor and mathematician. He is well known for his steam engine, Aeolipile, and many other pneumatic inventions. (wikipedia). Today we are going to make one of his inventions, the “Heron’s fountain”.

The materials we need will not cost us more than 2 euros.


  • 3 bottles of water.
  • 3 plastic tubes of 22-28-38 cm respectively.
  • Clay.

Note: The tube can be one of those used for aquariums or rigid plastic tubing. Almost any tube would work, even flexible, but with the rigid one it is really easier.

You will also need some tools to work:

  • Scissors.
  • Drill.
  • Drill bit, slightly smaller than the diameter of the pipes.


Step 1: Deposit the sources.

Cut the bottles in half as in the picture. Don’t throw away the bottom of the bottle, it can be used to fill the fountain when we’re done.

Step 2: Drill.

You will need 2 holes in each cap. Use a piece of wood to support the lid.

Step 3: Drilling the holes part 2.

When you are done with the first cap, use it as a guide to pierce the remaining caps. We need all caps and holes to be the same.

Step 4: Connect the tubes.

Connect the tubes as in the diagram above. All connections must be watertight. If not, add a small amount of modeling clay to seal around the tubes. The air is capable of lifting the water as long as it is in a hermetically closed room.

Note: Make sure the tube is at the proper height in each bottle. These heights are very important.

Step 5: Add the water and enjoy your fountain.

Now all you have to do is fill the bottle {b} and screw the whole system. To start the fountain, add water to the top bottle. Enjoy your homemade Heron platter.


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