An inexpensive craft project made with clay pots is a lighthouse for a garden decoration. This is a guide about making a terra cotta lighthouse.
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This terracotta lighthouse is just 2 large plant pots cemented together and painted, with a lantern on top.
I found the perfect lantern at Ikea to use for this clay pot lighthouse. These cute yard decorations are easy to make!
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Where can the top of lighthouse be purchased ? It looks like one that is on my lighthouse I purchased from Walmart.
That's a Rotera tea light holder from ikea. http://m.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/art/90257982/
What kind of cement is used to put the pots together?
By Brenda from Morristown, TN
By Linda L. 05/20/2014
You can stick just about anything to anything with E6000 glue avail in craft and home improvement stores. It comes clear, black or white so be sure to get the color you prefer.
What kind of paint do you use for the lighthouse? Is it spray paint, as last time I painted a terra cotta pot with a paint brush it was all streaky. Any ideas on how to paint it so it is even and has not got the streak lines?
Make sure your paint is colder than what you are painting even if you have to put it in the fridge. It should result in a streak-free finish.
What sizes of pots do you recommend for making this feature? The pots that I have looked at stack too low down on each other.
By Tom C. 
By Dinah Ackerson 07/06/2015
You can place small blocks of wood, plastic, etc., between the pots so that they can stack as whatever size you prefer.
What kind of lantern did you attach to the light house? How do you connect the pots together for the pot heads?
By Deborah from Perrysburg, OH
Looks like an IKEA lantern.
Has anyone had a problem with the weight of 3 or 4 pots stacked on each other breaking the ones below them?
By Nina W
By Walter P.05/10/2015
I made lighthouses stacking 3 pot with no breaking problems. I would feel ok doing 4.
How did you make the windows on the terra cotta lighthouse?
By M. Campbell from Front Royal, VA
I was wondering the same thing, I'm guessing they had a template.
Why do you have to use cement, why couldn't you use Gorilla glue?
By lalala... 06/09/2014
Any glue that works for outside use is fine.
Are you sure its just two large terra cotta pots? looks like more to me.
By Janet T
By Christi Leigh D.05/23/2015
The directions are for using 2 pots. The picture at the very top of the page uses 5 pots. I think you can use as many pots as you want per your taste :)
Could you possibly use a solar path light, that looks like a lantern, for the &"topper"?
By Tray J. from Dannemora, NY
By Esther C. 05/30/2014
I've been making lighthouses out of clay pots since '85 and always used the regular solar lights for the top. Recently I did see on the internet where someone bought the lanterns but was going to use a candle with it. If you can find the solar lanterns that fit the size of your top pot's bottom, go for it. Would love to hear how it turned out and your resource for the lanterns.
What type of paint do you use for the clay pots? Should you use two different sizes of pots?
By Ellie G.
By lalala... 06/09/2014
A spray primer is a good idea. They make craft acrylic paint that is for outdoor projects. I found it at Joann's. Yes...it is best to use pots that get progressively smaller in size.
What size clay pots are used to make the large terra cotta light house -using 5 pots?
Has anyone ever cut the bottom of the pot out so the "lighthouse" can fit over a well cap?
I need specific instructions for Cape Hatteras clay pot lighthouse.
What is used for the fencing at the top of the large lighthouse?
How large of pots did you use?
By Linda from Denison, IA
What is the black part of the lighthouse just below the lamp. It looks circular with a rail?
Great idea- Is the little light battery operated? Does yours really light up?
By Winona from RI