Making a Terra Cotta Lighthouse

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June 9, 2014

clay pot lighthouse in gardenI found the perfect lantern at Ikea to use for this clay pot lighthouse. These cute yard decorations are easy to make!



  • 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)


  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 4
    primed pots 1
    primed 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 1
    mark 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 1
    mark stripes 2
    stripes marked on pots

  7. Paint the red areas, allowing to dry in between coats. Apply paint until you have even coverage.
  8. paint red stripes 1
    red stripes
  9. Paint the white areas, allowing paint to dry in between coats. Apply paint until you have even coverage.
  10. paint white stripes
    white 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 lantern
    put glue on pot

  14. Add a candle to the lantern and enjoy your new lighthouse!
  15. Clay Pot Lighthouse
    candle in lantern
    Clay Pot Lighthouse at night
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July 27, 2009

This terracotta lighthouse is just 2 large plant pots cemented together and painted, with a lantern on top.

Terra Cotta Lighthouse

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January 5, 2017

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

Where can the top of lighthouse be purchased ? It looks like one that is on my lighthouse I purchased from Walmart.

By Liz


May 25, 20140 found this helpful
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That's a Rotera tea light holder from ikea.

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July 20, 2014

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

By M. Campbell from Front Royal, VA


January 9, 20150 found this helpful

I was wondering the same thing, I'm guessing they had a template.

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May 16, 2014

What kind of cement is used to put the pots together?

By Brenda from Morristown, TN


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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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May 29, 2014

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

By Tray J. from Dannemora, NY


May 30, 20140 found this helpful

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.

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June 7, 2014

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


June 11, 20140 found this helpful

To make the lines clean use painters tape around the pot then spray the pot with spray paint of your color choice. There is rayon spray paint that goes on anything.

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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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June 4, 2014

Are you sure its just two large terra cotta pots? looks like more to me.

By Janet T


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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July 14, 2015

What do you use for the base of the 5 pot lighthouse please? Thanks.


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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May 2, 2015

What size clay pots are used to make the large terra cotta light house -using 5 pots?

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March 25, 2015

I need specific instructions for Cape Hatteras clay pot lighthouse.

By Deb

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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.


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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