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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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June 9, 2014

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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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. Stack the pots and use a pencil to mark where they overlap. Now you have the area that will show when they are stacked.
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  4. 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.
  5. Paint the red areas, allowing to dry in between coats. Apply paint until you have even coverage.
  6. Paint the white areas, allowing paint to dry in between coats. Apply paint until you have even coverage.
  7. Optional: You can spray your painted lighthouse with exterior polyurethane for added protection.
  8. 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.
  9. Add a candle to the lantern and enjoy your new lighthouse!
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November 22, 20160 found this helpful

I hope you share a picture of the finished lighthouses. :)

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July 27, 2009

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.

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January 5, 201753 found this helpful

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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August 14, 20160 found this helpful

I love that !!! Absolutly beautiful !

Thanks for this Idea.

Isabelle, from France.

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May 13, 20140 found this helpful

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.c … ts/art/90257982/

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June 8, 20140 found this helpful

Walmart

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May 16, 20140 found this helpful

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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June 7, 20140 found this helpful

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 13, 20140 found this helpful

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!

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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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July 14, 2015

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, 20140 found this helpful

How did you make the windows on the terra cotta lighthouse?

By M. Campbell from Front Royal, VA

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October 19, 20150 found this helpful

I did mine free hand but you could use a template.

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June 24, 20160 found this helpful

What did you do to make the windows

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June 4, 20140 found this helpful

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, 20151 found this helpful

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

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July 4, 2015

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

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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August 8, 20140 found this helpful

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, 20140 found this helpful

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, 20140 found this helpful

Why do you have to use cement, why couldn't you use Gorilla glue?

By Debbie

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June 9, 20140 found this helpful

Any glue that works for outside use is fine.

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May 29, 20140 found this helpful

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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May 24, 2014

What type of paint do you use for the clay pots? Should you use two different sizes of pots?

By Ellie G.

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June 9, 20140 found this helpful

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.

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