DIY Lighthouse - Just Add Sand

3 Materials
1 Hour

I honestly had no idea what it was in its previous life, but as soon as I saw it sitting at the thrift store, I knew exactly what it was destined to be. (Any guesses?)

A lighthouse. (Can you see it?)

Sure, I had this vision but I didn’t know how to make it a reality. Therefore, it sat in our mudroom for a bit, until it got in our way. Finally, I moved it upstairs with the rest of my projects-to-be.

Then, out of the blue, it came to me…SAND ART!!

I mean, how appropriate? Lighthouse…sand…(do you see where I’m going with this?)

I looked online for inspiration and found it in the form of the Bodie Island lighthouse in Nags Head, North Carolina.

So, off to Hobby Lobby I went. As luck would have it, they were having a 50% off sale on select wedding items and, lucky for me, tinted sand fell into this category. It’s not like it was expensive to begin with ($2.99), but I like saving money whenever I can. Not knowing exactly how much I’d need, I went ahead and bought three of each color which I knew would be too much. (I bought them on a Saturday and with Hobby Lobby being closed on Sundays, I didn’t want to run the risk of not having enough. There’s nothing worse than being excited about a project only to be shut down in the middle of it for some silly reason.)

I started pouring. I chose to make it B-W-B-W-B even though the Bodie Island lighthouse is W-B-W-B-W. (What can I say? I like to be different.)

I had found some solar garden lights at Walmart on clearance, so I snagged two with every intention of going back and getting more once they were cheaper. I forgot.

I cut the stake to about 1.5″ in length.

Next, I stuck the light into the sand and started filling in around it.

My quick little project is now finished.

AFTERTHOUGHT: I thought about putting a little wire fence around the top, because, otherwise, that part is mostly invisible.

Do you have any other ideas for it?

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  • Choco Catfeine Choco Catfeine on Jan 26, 2019

     Love this. I picked this up from a thrift store. Would love to use for your idea. How do I remove the candle wax from the Princess House crystal ??? Thank you !

  • Choco Catfeine Choco Catfeine on Jan 26, 2019

    Love this  Have Princess House crystal to use. How do I remove the melted wax???

  • Beverly Beverly on Feb 14, 2019

    How do you keep the sand from mixing?

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  • Cindi Adkins Cindi Adkins on Feb 21, 2020

    I like getting sand (or salt) and letting the kids color it. I got to do this as a child a few times and loved it so I’ve passed it on to my kids to. ( pour sand or salt on a paper plate and use chalk (on its side) and drag it back and fourth over all the sand until it reaches your desired color) So fun for any sand art projects. And beach fun to.

  • Dawn Dawn on Sep 15, 2020

    Wow! Impressive creativity!