DIY lighthouse made out of clay pots with solar light

In this blog post, we’ll walk you through step-by-step instructions on how to craft your very own lighthouse out of terracotta pots, complete with a solar light to guide the way.

Welcome to our DIY guide on creating charming lighthouses made out of clay pots! If you’re looking to add a touch of whimsy and illumination to your garden or patio, you’re in the right place. Let’s dive in!

What Size Clay Pots to Use for Your Lighthouse

It depends on the desired scale of your lighthouse, but in general you need clay pots that stack.

A commonly used configuration includes four pots in sizes 3.5, 4.5, 6.5, and 8.5 inches (or approximately 11, 15, 19, and 23 cm), stacked from largest to smallest.

Additionally, incorporate two saucers measuring 11 cm and 27 cm (approximately 4.25 inches and 11 inches) in diameter for stability and visual appeal. Glue the large saucer at the bottom and the small one at the top, where the solar lamp is securely attached inside. These guidelines ensure a well-proportioned and visually appealing structure.

If you want to make your lighthouse bigger, start with a larger clay pot as the base, approximately 9–12 inches in diameter, and adjust the other sizes around that.

Supplies You’ll Need

  • Clay Pots:  4 different-sized clay pots and 2 different-sized saucers
  • Solar Light: Choose a solar light that fits the scale of your project and provides adequate illumination.
  • E6000 Glue or other adhesive suitable for outdoor use
  • Paint Brush
  • Sealant spray
  • For decoration: Fish net, rope, pebbles, seashells etc.
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Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Painting the Pots White

To achieve the perfect base for your lighthouse, apply three coats of white acrylic paint to all your clay pots. Allow each coat to dry for five minutes before applying the next.

DIY Clay Pot Lighthouse With Solar Light Steps

Step 2: Adding Accent Colors

Next, add a pop of color to your lighthouse by painting the raised rim of each pot with a blue or red shade. Apply a strip of masking tape along the rim of the flower pots. With a freehand approach, brush the color around the bottom of each pot. Apply two coats for optimal vibrancy, allowing each coat to dry thoroughly. Once done, remove the adhesive strip.

Now, it’s time to paint the saucers (two coats).

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Step 3: Assembling the Lighthouse

With the painting complete, it’s time to assemble your lighthouse. Begin by applying E6000 glue along the top rim of the largest pot and affix it onto the large saucer. Then, carefully stack the painted pots on top of each other to form the structure of your lighthouse. Apply glue to the inside edges of the pots and press firmly together. Allow the glue to dry overnight to ensure a secure bond.

Step 4: Installing the Light

Select a solar light that complements the size of your lighthouse. Many solar lights feature stems that can be easily detached. If there’s a remaining section of the stem, use a small hacksaw to remove it, allowing it to sit flush on the top of the structure.

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Apply E6000 glue to the base of the light and affix it securely to the small saucer. Let it rest overnight to ensure a secure attachment. Once set, affix the small saucer atop the stacked pots to crown your lighthouse.

how to place solar light on top of clay pot lighthouse

If trimming the solar light with a hacksaw seems too complicated, there’s an alternative approach to consider. Instead of using a small saucer at the top, you can opt for a small clay pot. To do this, apply glue to secure the rod of the solar light into the drainage hole of the pot. Once the glue has set, fill the clay pot with small decorative sand to add stability and aesthetic appeal to your lighthouse. This method offers a simpler yet equally effective way to complete your project.

Step 5: Adding Windows and a Door

For a whimsical touch, consider adding windows and a door to your lighthouse. You can either paint them using black paint or use black vinyl cutouts for a more streamlined look.

To ensure the window frame is straight, mark the area to be painted with masking tape in advance. Apply the paint, then use a thin brush to paint the window divisions.

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Optional: Protective Sealant Application

For added durability against the elements, consider applying a protective sealant to your masterpiece. Prioritize covering the solar light with a plastic bag to prevent any sealant residue. Apply one to three light coats of spray poly sealant, allowing each coat to dry thoroughly between applications.

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Voilà! Your DIY clay pot lighthouse with a solar light is ready to illuminate your garden with its radiant glow. Place it in a sunny spot where it can soak up the sunlight during the day, and watch as it casts a warm, inviting light into your outdoor space come nightfall.

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Creative Clay Lighthouse Ideas and Additions

Customizing your clay pot lighthouse allows you to infuse your personality and creativity into the project. Consider the following ideas and additions to make your lighthouse truly unique:

  • Large Saucer Base: Incorporate a large saucer at the bottom of the lighthouse, filled with sand, pebbles, or decorative stones, representing the beach.
  • Rock Wall: Build a rock wall around the base of the lighthouse for a rugged and natural look. Arrange the rocks in a circular pattern to mimic the foundation of a real lighthouse.
  • Draped Fish Net: Hang a fish net around the middle tiers of the lighthouse to evoke a coastal theme. You can embellish the net with seashells, starfish, or other nautical elements for added charm.
  • Colorful Designs: Experiment with different color schemes to achieve the desired aesthetic for your lighthouse. Classic combinations like red and white stripes evoke a traditional maritime feel, while white and blue hues offer a Mediterranean-inspired flair.

You can also add some cute clay pot people or a animals to the setting.

diy clay pot lighthouse and flower pot people in garden

With these simple steps, you can transform ordinary clay pots into a captivating focal point for your garden. We hope this DIY project has inspired you to add a touch of whimsy and illumination to your outdoor space.