Many of us prefer to have a lit porch or lawn for the night whether to find our way to the door when we come home late or just so we can avoid wet grass on the way to the curb. Rather than leaving the porch light on all night and expending the electric bill, how about taking a hint from ships and building your own mini-lighthouse?
This arts and crafts project, requiring only some paint, glue, and a few terra cotta clay pots, can be done in under a few hours and look great for the upcoming evening. If you feel so inclined, how about we get started on one of these lighthouses!
Materials and Supplies
- Terra cotta pots—three large, different-sized pots to stack on top of each other, two small saucers for the lighthouse’s top, and a small terra cotta pot for the very top
- One glass dome that can sit on the saucers
- Paint brush
- White outdoor paint and another color
- Clear glue, specifically designed for use outdoors
- One candle, battery operated
Directions for Making Clay Pot Lighthouses
- A Few Tips: Choose good outdoor paint that can be painted onto terra cotta, such as Patio Paint or DecoArt’s Outdoor Living. Also, stack your lighthouse parts together—at home or at the store—to be sure it looks like a lighthouse when amassed. Also, solar powered lights could also work as a light source.
- To begin, paint the clay pots using the outdoor paint of your chosen color or colors (lighter colors may work better for spreading light). Let the paint dry entirely in between new coats. Darker colors may require only two coats while lighter ones could require as many as four.
- For the bands along the tops of the terra cotta pots, paint them as well as the two saucers and the small pot white. The saucers and smallest pot are for the top of the lighthouse.
- Once all the pieces have completely dried, it’s time to glue them together to form the lighthouse. Stack the largest pot facing downward at the base, and then stack the medium-sized pot and the smallest of the three large terra cotta pots on top of the base pot—all facing downward. Glue one of the saucers, facing upward, to the top of the stack—this is where the glass dome will sit with the candle inside.
- Glue the smallest terra cotta pot, facing downward, onto the bottom of the second saucer. This piece will sit on top of the glass dome—it will NOT be glued onto the glass dome, as it needs to be remain open in order for you to switch the candle on and then off.
- Note: There is a hole in the very top pot, so be sure to let any water drain when gluing all the pieces into the lighthouse shape. Just use the glue in roughly three places, leaving gaps between them. Let the glue set as per the glue’s packaging directions.
- Once all the glue has completely dried, you should be ready to move the clay pot lighthouse outside into a garden, onto your front porch, onto the lawn, or anywhere else you want that you think will look great with it. Enjoy your clay pot lighthouse!
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