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Making a Terra Cotta Lighthouse

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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July 27, 2009 Flag
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Terra Cotta LighthouseThis terracotta lighthouse is just 2 large plant pots cemented together and painted, with a lantern on top.

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June 9, 2014 Flag
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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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clay pot lighthouse in garden

Supplies:

  • candle lantern
  • clay pots (various sizes that stack)
  • primer spray paint
  • outdoor craft paint (I used Patio Paint brand)
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • paint brush
  • E6000 glue (or similar)
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Steps:

  1. Spray the clay pots with multiple layers of primer. Add layers and allow to dry according to primer instructions. Spray them in a well ventilated area.
  2. primed pots 4primed pots 1primed pots 3
  3. Stack the pots and use a pencil to mark where they overlap. Now you have the area that will show when they are stacked.
  4. mark overlap 1mark overlap 2
  5. Divide the exposed area into equal sections for the painted stripes. I chose to have 2 red stripes and 2 white stripes. Use a ruler to make marks all the way around the pot, then connect the marks so that you have a guide line for painting.
  6. mark stripes 1mark stripes 2stripes marked on pots
  7. Paint the red areas, allowing to dry in between coats. Apply paint until you have even coverage.
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  9. Paint the white areas, allowing paint to dry in between coats. Apply paint until you have even coverage.
  10. paint white stripeswhite stripes
  11. Optional: You can spray your painted lighthouse with exterior polyurethane for added protection.
  12. Apply glue to the pots and stack them together. Apply glue to the bottom of the lantern and the top of the clay pot lighthouse base. Attach lantern. Allow glue to dry completely.
  13. put glue on lanternput glue on pot
  14. Add a candle to the lantern and enjoy your new lighthouse!
  15. Clay Pot Lighthousecandle in lanternClay Pot Lighthouse at night
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July 15, 2014 Flag
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Make a cute terra cotta pot lighthouse for you garden. Check out this video and learn how easy they are to make!

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May 13, 2014 Flag
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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.

By Liz

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May 25, 20140 found this helpful
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That's a Rotera tea light holder from ikea. http://m.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/art/90257982/

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June 8, 20140 found this helpful

Walmart

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May 16, 2014 Flag
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What kind of cement is used to put the pots together?

By Brenda from Morristown, TN

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May 20, 20140 found this helpful
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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.

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July 14, 2015 Flag
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What do you use for the base of the 5 pot lighthouse please? Thanks.

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    July 19, 20150 found this helpful

    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.

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    December 27, 20150 found this helpful

    It does look like a larger saucer upside down painted Black!

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    July 20, 2014 Flag
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    How did you make the windows on the terra cotta lighthouse?

    By M. Campbell from Front Royal, VA

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    June 24, 20160 found this helpful

    What did you do to make the windows

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    July 2, 20160 found this helpful

    how did you make the windows on the lighthouse?

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    June 7, 2014 Flag
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    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?

    By Wendy

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    June 16, 20140 found this helpful

    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.

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    May 12, 20160 found this helpful

    I made a bird bath for my daughters shower and I painted the pots with a sponge. I had a much better finish.

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    May 29, 2014 Flag
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    Could you possibly use a solar path light, that looks like a lantern, for the &"topper"?

    By Tray J. from Dannemora, NY

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    October 19, 20150 found this helpful

    I found a box of 6 at Home Depot for $18 that fit perfectly on a 4" saucer.

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    April 25, 20160 found this helpful

    Family Dollar has the solar lanterns, in pastel colors. Just spray paint black. Comes in three peices. I got all they had. They were 2 dollars a peice.

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    July 4, 2015 Flag
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    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.

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      July 6, 20150 found this helpful

      You can place small blocks of wood, plastic, etc., between the pots so that they can stack as whatever size you prefer.

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      August 6, 2014 Flag
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      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

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      May 10, 20150 found this helpful

      I made lighthouses stacking 3 pot with no breaking problems. I would feel ok doing 4.

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      October 19, 20150 found this helpful

      I did one 4 pots high with no problem.

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      June 4, 2014 Flag
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      Are you sure its just two large terra cotta pots? looks like more to me.

      By Janet T

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      May 23, 20150 found this helpful

      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 :)

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      November 6, 20150 found this helpful

      What size pots do you use to make the 5ft tall lighthouse??

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      August 8, 2014 Flag
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      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

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      January 6, 20150 found this helpful

      Looks like an IKEA lantern.

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      July 5, 2014 Flag
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      What is used for the fencing at the top of the large lighthouse?

      By Juanita

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      August 18, 20150 found this helpful

      Some one was wanting to know where to get fencing for light houses. Hobby lobby sells these in 3 different sizes.

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      June 8, 2014 Flag
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      Why do you have to use cement, why couldn't you use Gorilla glue?

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