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How to Build a Fountain in Minecraft

Updated on December 11, 2015
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Dreamhowl has been playing Minecraft since 2012. She enjoys building, farming, and breeding animals in vanilla and modded Minecraft.

Making a fountain in Minecraft can be a simple and fun project for any player!
Making a fountain in Minecraft can be a simple and fun project for any player! | Source

How to Make a Fountain in Minecraft

Building a fountain in Minecraft can be a bit confusing when you don’t know how to start. In truth, your first fountain - or any fountain - doesn’t have to be massive and complicated. Simplistic fountains can be as beautiful as those full of detail. Whether you are creating small, minimalist fountains or large, intricate ones, the process will require both water and building resources. Sometimes, a fountain is all your home or village needs to liven up the scenery!


How to Make a Simple Fountain

Building a fountain does not have to be a long, difficult process. You can make a small or large fountain with the proper supplies within five to ten minutes. Even for constructing an easy fountain, you will need essential materials. This particular build requires the following items:

  • 1 bucket of water

  • 22 stone brick blocks

  • 16 stone brick slabs

  • 8 glowstone blocks (optional)

Step 1: Build the Base of the Fountain

This basic fountain starts with stone brick slabs arranged in a five-by-five square.
This basic fountain starts with stone brick slabs arranged in a five-by-five square. | Source

Your building materials can be whatever blocks your prefer, though stone looks prettier on a fountain in comparison to wood or brick. The size of your fountain ultimately determines the amount of resources you need. Fortunately, this small build requires very few precious materials.

To start, build a five-by-five foundation with your stone slabs (or whichever materials you have chosen) where you would like the fountain to be. Feel free to add flowers or other decorative objects as you see fit. If you'd like to build a bigger fountain, simply double the size of your base and work from there. You can be as decorative or as plain as you wish - this is just a simple model to work off of.

Step 2: Remove One Layer to Create a Pool

After removing a layer of dirt, replace the next layer with glow stone blocks.
After removing a layer of dirt, replace the next layer with glow stone blocks. | Source

Next, you’ll need to dig up the dirt blocks beneath your fountain's foundation. This creates a pool for the water to fill up and prevents flooding in the space around your fountain. Replace the second layer of dirt blocks with more stone brick blocks. The glowstone blocks should be placed on the floor of your fountain pool, excluding a stone brick block in the center; glowstone along the bottom can help lighten up your fountain naturally, but is not required.

Step 3: Create the Pillar and Add Water

Build a five-block tall pillar and place the water on the top of the highest block.
Build a five-block tall pillar and place the water on the top of the highest block. | Source

The final step is to place a pillar in the center of your foundation. Your fountain’s pillar can be as short or as tall as you like, though a shorter pillar has more visual appeal with this small build. For this fountain, the pillar is five stone blocks high. Once you've built your pillar, take a bucket of water and dump it on the uppermost block of your pillar. The water will cascade down all sides, falling into and filling the base of the fountain. Within just a few minutes, you've created a fountain!

How to Make a Complex Fountain

So you’ve made a simplistic fountain and you’re itching for more. When building fountains, your imagination and resources are the only limits. Making a more complex and aesthetically pleasing fountain only requires a larger design and a creative mind. Some build ideas you can play with are shapes, symmetry and repetition. For the following build, you will need the following items:

  • 4 buckets of water

  • 36 stone brick blocks

  • 32 stone brick slabs

  • 25 glowstone blocks (optional)

Step 1: Build the Base of the Fountain

This larger, more creative design uses shapes and symmetry in its base.
This larger, more creative design uses shapes and symmetry in its base. | Source

To start, build the base of the fountain with stone slabs; create a cross by intercepting one nine-slab line with another nine slabs through the middle. At each end of your cross, place two slabs - one on each side. It should look like each end forms the letter T. Next, connect each end to the other with two diagonal stone slabs; in the end, you should be left with a very blocky circle split into four sections.

Step 2: Remove One Layer to Create a Pool

Layering the bottom with glowstone makes your fountain brighter, if desired.
Layering the bottom with glowstone makes your fountain brighter, if desired. | Source

As with the first fountain, dig out the layer of dirt blocks beneath the foundation and replace it with stone blocks. The stone should be placed directly beneath the stone slabs. The glowstone lines the floor of the fountain pools, and is completely optional. The remaining glowstone block is for the very top of the fountain.

Step 3: Create the Pillar and Add Water

A T-shaped pillar gives the fountain multiple spouts that join into separate pools.
A T-shaped pillar gives the fountain multiple spouts that join into separate pools. | Source

Finally, you need to build the pillar in the center of the fountain - in this case, it is five stone bricks high, with the last block of glowstone on the very top. On each side of the glowstone block, place one stone brick in imitation of the cross design; from each of the right angles that this pillar cross forms, you need to place the four buckets of water. Once this is done, the water will cascade down as if the fountain as four spouts at the top. After this step, your fountain is complete!

Instead of water, you can use a bucket of lava to make your fountain!
Instead of water, you can use a bucket of lava to make your fountain! | Source

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How to Make Your Own Projects

Once you’ve tackled both sample fountain projects, you’ll have the feel of what it takes to fashion one of your own. There are dozens of methods to making your own fountains, none of which have to be conventional. For instance, fountains don’t solely need to be of water - try making a lava fountain! You could easily convert the simple fountain design shown above into a lava fountain. Granted, lava is much more dangerous than water and burns through many materials. If you decide to play with lava, be sure that it has somewhere to pool.

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You can make a simple and gorgeous waterfall with a tower and a hole in the floor.Once you start building fountains, you can create more and more complex designs!
You can make a simple and gorgeous waterfall with a tower and a hole in the floor.
You can make a simple and gorgeous waterfall with a tower and a hole in the floor. | Source
Once you start building fountains, you can create more and more complex designs!
Once you start building fountains, you can create more and more complex designs! | Source

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If you have any tall towers or structures in your Minecraft world, you can build a simple waterfall. You can build an arm that extends off of the side of your building (or, in the picture below, off of an addition to a castle), punch a hole in the floor and have the water fall down from there. You can create spouts on the sides of walls with upside-down stairs or slabs to create fountains there. There is no right and wrong way to build a fountain in Minecraft. Experiment with different forms and styles and you never know what you will create!

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      sm825 4 years ago from The Uknown

      The last picture gave me some ideas for stuff to build on Minecraft, so thank you for giving me some new ideas.

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      Jessica Marello 4 years ago from United States

      I appreciate the feedback, and am glad the pictures gave you some ideas for builds. It's my favorite part of Minecraft.

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      Will English. 3 years ago from Marietta, Georgia.

      I really need to get this game one day (don't have it already because my computer is crap). So i'll be looking at this again for sure. Good hub.

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      Jessica Marello 3 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the feedback! I love this game.

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      ionic 3 years ago

      The last one can also be used as an elevator!

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      Jessica Marello 3 years ago from United States

      Very true! (facepalm) I have no idea why that didn't occur to me straight off. Thanks for reading!

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      Abigail Hope 20 months ago

      i love this i have build all 4 even the lava one !!

      thank youu xx

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      Jessica Marello 20 months ago from United States

      @AbigailHope No problem! Glad you like it.

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      Rylee 17 months ago

      The second one is a great fountain for big house entrances, like mansions.

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      Jessica Marello 17 months ago from United States

      @Rylee The second one is my favorite. :)

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