Terra Cotta Pot Lighthouse With Solar Light

Diane S
by Diane S
10 Materials
5 Hours

I had seen clay pot solar lighthouses on many DIY sites and I decided to give it a shot myself.

I purchased various size terra cotta pots, the largest being 12" in diameter and each got smaller.

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.

I decided on my design and used painters tape to make my stripes and used red acrylic paint.

I painted windows and a door.

I found solar string lights and a lantern at a second hand store. The lantern was rusted so I spray painted it black.

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.

I place the largest pot in the plastic planter base and added the river rock around the edge.

I put the finished lighthouse on my front porch.

I added a small U.S. flag on top.

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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  • Judi Judi on Feb 02, 2020

    I would like to make this, but I need to know what sizes of pots you used please.


  • Jane Nickris Jane Nickris on Jul 30, 2020

    You know what size pots to use because you buy them from the store. Do you want big pots? Buy big pots. Do you want small pots? Buy small pots.

    Make sir that you stack them to see if they fit together the right way.

  • Tara Eason Tara Eason on Jul 03, 2022

    So I seen that the first pot size was 12 inches but didn't get the rest of the sizes of the pots that I would be needing. So can you let me know what they are planning? And by the way I just love light house's. There's just something about them.

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  • Cathy Cathy on Jul 31, 2023

    I would have liked to have seen it lit up! Beautiful idea by the way...nice job.

  • Diane S Diane S on Jul 31, 2023

    There's a video clip of it lit up in the post.