DIY … Clay Pot LightHouse!
I have always loved Light Houses….in fact, the Captain and I visited quite a few on the West Coast on a trip down Highway 1.
So when I was looking for a do it yourself (DIY) project involving light houses…I came across this idea from Home Depot.
I thought it was so cute and easy to make that I wanted to share it with you.
Not only is this an inexpensive craft project…it is an easy DIY for your own Secret Garden….that is where mine will go. 🙂
It is really simple to do and you can use the colors of your choice, but the basic project is pretty simple.
(Blue and White would be equally as pretty…we have seen a lot of blue and white lighthouses on our trips)
You may make your lighthouse as large or as small as you would like..and using a small lantern for the top beacon. like the one above, is a no-brainer. In fact you can find a tea light
lantern at http://m.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/art/90257982/ see pic below from Ikea.
All you need are the following supplies…..terracotta pots work really well.
- tea light lantern
- clay pots (various sizes that stack)
- primer spray paint
- outdoor craft paint (I used Patio Paint brand)
- paint brush
- E6000 glue (or similar glue)*
Spray the clay pots with multiple layers of primer, allowing to dry according to primer instructions. (Spray them in a well ventilated area).
Stack the pots and use a pencil to mark where they overlap. Now you have the area that will show when they are stacked.
Divide the exposed area into equal sections for the painted stripes. These will have 2 red stripes and 2 white stripes. Use a ruler to make marks all the way around the pot for your guide.
Paint the red areas, allowing to dry in between coats. Apply paint until you have even coverage.
Paint the white areas, allowing paint to dry in between coats. Apply paint until you have even coverage.
Optional: You can spray your painted lighthouse with exterior polyurethane for added protection.
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 a tea light lantern and allow the glue to dry completely.
You can also find solar lanterns that fit the size of your top pot’s bottom ….which will also work. Does that sentence make sense? 🙂
Add a tea light candle to the lantern and enjoy your personal lighthouse!
You might have to put two coats of paint as the red can look a little streaked …the white seems to cover best over the primer.
These are so easy to make, that anyone can make them…you can get your little ones involved …supervised of course! 😉
This is a good project for a rainy day and guess what? It is raining right now here in Florida!
These are so cute and if you want to make them bigger or paint windows on them….below are a few other ideas.
If you really want to get creative…paint your pots in stripes as in the yellow lighthouse above. The windows are painted a grey with a black outline. Just sayin’
Personally, I am gonna stick with the simple two pot red and white lighthouse with the tea light lantern!
Have a great Relaxing day….
Happy Father’s Day to all Fathers!!
Thanks Sandy and Happy Father’s Day to your honey….
You are so creative, Kari. I’m jealous because I’m not good with my hands at all. Happy Father’s Day to the Captain.