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.
I love lighthouses, made this large black and white one for me, with the solar light on top. I've made a few smaller ones, that I will try selling at my craft shows. I just need to learn how to paint straighter especially when it comes to the windows and such. So easy to make.
Finally finished. I used the top of an old lighthouse I had.
I found the perfect lantern at Ikea to use for this clay pot lighthouse. These cute yard decorations are easy to make!
what size pots did you use
This is more complicated than the directions lead on. Did you sand your pots? Mine don't fit on one another very well. I finally finished painting my layers, which took more than 2-3 coats of paint. I tried to glue the first layer on and it cracked because I had to hammer it down because it was crooked. Could you please post more specific directions and tips? What kind of primer did you use? You show pictures of paint, that's it. I think it would be more helpful to talk about the process and directions instead of where to find a cute lantern; did you have problems?
Make a cute terra cotta pot lighthouse for you garden. Check out this video and learn how easy they are to make!
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
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.
How did you make the windows on the terra cotta lighthouse?
By M. Campbell from Front Royal, VA
I did mine free hand but you could use a template.
What did you do to make the windows
What do you use for the base of the 5 pot lighthouse please? Thanks.
Try a red clay plate like the kind that u put red clay pots on, but I would think you would want it slightly larger than the bottom pot of the lighthouse and glue the whole thing in the center of it, either with the plate upside down or right side up.
It does look like a larger saucer upside down painted Black!
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?
I used Folk Art multi-surface paint. It states that it can be used on terra cotta. Use a good quality brush to minimize streaking. Multiple coats of spray acrylic coating will pretty much hide the streaks. I ordered light house tops from Target (lighthouse tea light holders). Good Luck!
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.
Are you sure its just two large terra cotta pots? looks like more to me.
By Janet T
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 :)
What size pots do you use to make the 5ft tall lighthouse??
Could you possibly use a solar path light, that looks like a lantern, for the &"topper"?