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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.

By patanthar

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!

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.
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  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.
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  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.
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  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!

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

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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"?

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