Minecraft fountains are one of the most popular decorations to build in the game. They can be a fun thing to build in Minecraft and look great almost anywhere, especially in gardens and courtyards. Most fountains can be made with simple materials like wood, stone and water. More complicated designs often use quartz, glass, and glowstone. Adding a light source (like glowstone) will light up your fountain at night.
Just like statues, fountains can be used to decorate entrances and roadways. They are often put on each side of a road at the front entrances to large buildings or even between sky scrapers.
To build a good Minecraft fountain, make sure you have an understanding of how water flows. If you don’t, read the water page on Minecraft Wiki for more information.
Here is our list of the best fountain designs in Minecraft:
1. Small Wooden Fountain
This fountain is small, but still adds a lot of beauty as a decoration. It is built with simple materials, such as wood and leaves, so it would be easy to make on survival mode. With its small size, it could easily fit almost anywhere.
There is not that much water in this fountain (it could also be used as a well), so the water setup would be very easy.
2. Four Corner Fountains
Another easy one, but with a bit more complicated materials. This Minecraft fountain is built with quartz, underwater lights, and a central beacon/shelter. It is mainly a square of open water, with four fountains (one on each corner) and bridges crossing the water.
The builder on Planet Minecraft has called these fountains the “Fountains of Health”, since there is a beacon which heals nearby players. If you don’t have a beacon yet, make sure you read our complete guide on how to make a beacon in Minecraft.
3. Modern Minecraft Fountain
Modern fountains use squares, rectangles, and long edges. They also usually are a bit taller than other fountains and are made with more neutral colors (white, grey, black). The fountain in this picture uses white wool, glass, stone, and glowstone.
Notice the use of square shapes and tall edges, which make this design more modern. Many modern Minecraft fountain designs also use glass, but this design uses just a little bit of glass near the bottom.
4. Large Quartz Fountain
This design is made of quartz and is quite a bit larger (wider) than other designs. It’s not too hard to build, but you’ll have to carefully place the blocks to get the same pattern. The fountain also uses some glowstone, which helps light up the fountain especially at nighttime.
5. Small Stone Fountain
A small, stone medieval fountain that will fit almost anywhere. The design is very compact, measuring just 3 by 5 blocks. This type of fountain is very easy to make on survival mode and would go great with other medieval building styles such as villages and castles.
6. Tall Spiral Fountain
A more fancy fountain that would be easier to build on creative building mode. It would be difficult to make this in survival with the height and curves, but would be fun for those wanting a survival Minecraft challenge.
Notice the use of obsidian, which adds a unique color but would be very annoying if you placed a block in the wrong spot. Obsidian takes a very long time to break!
7. Nether Themed Fountain
A unique idea for a fountain, this design uses a large square that is slightly elevated off the ground. On the square, there is a fountain the middle with some benches on the side. There are trees planted along the side, which adds some privacy to the fountain.
This design uses mainly materials found in the nether, like glowstone and nether bricks. Although, you could definitely use other materials like stone or wood if you don’t have nether bricks.
8. Small Quartz Fountain
A tiny fountain which has an easy design made out of quartz. The spout of the fountain is unique and uses upside-down quartz stairs for the corners. The builder uses flowers around the fountain to add a bit more decoration, and this type of fountain would look great in a garden.
9. Tall and Compact Fountain
A tall fountain that is not too wide. It would look good in the front entrance to a castle or mansion, especially if you use two or more of them. The design makes use of stairs, slabs, and pillars. I think it would also look good if some light was added, like a lamp or glowstone blocks. This would make the fountain light up at night.
10. Large Multi-Tier Fountain
If you’re looking for a large fountain, this design might interest you. This design is quite wide and has multiple tiers which makes it taller. It may take a little bit more time to build than the other fountains since it is larger.
The builder for this fountain used a custom Minecraft texture pack, so it looks a little different than the default textures. You can’t see it very well in this photo, but there are also some glowstone lights under the water which makes the fountain light up in the dark.