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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
What is used for the fencing at the top of the large lighthouse?
Why do you have to use cement, why couldn't you use Gorilla glue?
Are you sure its just two large terra cotta pots? looks like more to me.
By Janet T
Could you possibly use a solar path light, that looks like a lantern, for the &"topper"?
By Tray J. from Dannemora, NY
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.