Diane S
Diane S
  • Hometalker
  • Wantagh, NY

Terra Cotta Pot Lighthouse With Solar Light

10 Materials
$50
5 Hours
Easy

I had seen clay pot solar lighthouses on many DIY sites and I decided to give it a shot myself.
terra cotta pot lighthouse with solar light
I purchased various size terra cotta pots, the largest being 12" in diameter and each got smaller.
terra cotta pot lighthouse with solar light
I spray painted mine, a total of two coats. You can used regular acrylic paint too, but I just thought it would be faster to use spray paint.
terra cotta pot lighthouse with solar light
I decided on my design and used painters tape to make my stripes and used red acrylic paint.
terra cotta pot lighthouse with solar light
I painted windows and a door.
terra cotta pot lighthouse with solar light
I found solar string lights and a lantern at a second hand store. The lantern was rusted so I spray painted it black.
terra cotta pot lighthouse with solar light
I used the base of a solar light that no longer worked and wrapped the lights around it and stuck it in the hole of the top pot. You can use a regular solar stake light, I just happed to find the lantern and wanted to used that.
terra cotta pot lighthouse with solar light
I place the largest pot in the plastic planter base and added the river rock around the edge.
terra cotta pot lighthouse with solar light
I put the finished lighthouse on my front porch.
I added a small U.S. flag on top.
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The solar string lights have a steady on or flashing option.
terra cotta pot lighthouse with solar light
The finished lighthouse will be enjoyed for the summer months.
I did not glue the pots together, I simply placed them on top of one another using sheets of foam plate protectors inside to prevent chipping and make it easy to separate.
Once summer is over, I want to be able to break this down and store the pots inside one another for easy storage.
The solar string lights have a steady on or flashing option.
The finished lighthouse will be enjoyed for the summer months.
I did not glue the pots together, I simply placed them on top of one another using sheets of foam plate protectors inside to prevent chipping and make it easy to separate.
Once summer is over, I want to be able to break this down and store the pots inside one another for easy storage.
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  • Donna Dotson Mowry
    on Jun 22, 2018

    I did one and all the paint piled off what kind of paint do you use?

    • Debbie
      on May 9, 2019

      Krylon is great paint for all surfaces! Sealing with sealer is always a good idea if leaving outside

  • Kathy Pereira
    on Jul 27, 2018

    What were the sizes of each pot that you used?

  • Jeretta
    on May 22, 2019

    What are the sizes of the pots, you only mentioned the 12 inch one.

    Thank you for sharing. What kind of glue do you use?

    • Mj
      on Jun 1, 2019

      She didn't glue them together. She stacked them with a liner inside so they wouldn't chip. This way they can be stored inside for winter. ❄

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