How To Make A Flower Pot Lighthouse

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Do you want to know how to make a plant pot lighthouse? I just love the beach and I’ve been looking for creative ways to incorporate beachy, coastal decor into my home. This decorative lighthouse is the perfect project to accent my shell collection! With just a few easy-to-find materials you can have your own nifty flower pot lighthouse in under an hour or two. This DIY lighthouse is an easy craft project, you don’t need any crafting experience in order to do it yourself. Check out my step-by-step guide and get started!

TOOLS AND MATERIALS:

Flower Pot Lighthouse Materials:

  • 3 flower pots (We’ll be stacking the pots so make sure that they are different sizes and stack nicely. I got a 4”, 6”, and 8” flower pot for my lighthouse). I used terra cotta pots of various sizes
  • Paint, the colors of your choosing
  • Paintbrushes
  • Waterproof silicone
  • Permanent marker
  • Sealant
  • LED light
  • Lantern (or solar light if you choose)

How do you make a lighthouse?

Make sure to remove the labels from the flower pots. Then wipe them down with a wet towel to remove any dirt or debris on them. This is important because if they are dirty the paint won’t stick properly. Let them dry completely before you start painting.

Flower Pot Lighthouse Instructions

1. Prep the Flower Pots

Make sure to remove the labels from the flower pots. Wipe them down with a wet towel to remove any dirt or debris on them. This is important because if they are dirty the paint won’t stick properly. Let them dry completely before you start painting.

The type of paint you choose depends on where your flower pot lighthouse is going to live. If it's going to be inside, then you can simply use an acrylic paint. However, if your flower pot lighthouse is going to live outside then you need to use a paint that can withstand the elements.

2. Paint

The type of paint you choose depends on where your flower pot lighthouse is going to live. If it’s going to be inside, then you can simply use acrylic paint. However, if your flower pot lighthouse is going to live outside then you need to use outdoor paint that can withstand the elements. I’m using Apple Barrel Paint – Cobalt Blue.

I painted the outside of the flower pots blue, leaving the rim of the pot natural. 

I also painted the bottom of the smallest clay pot because it will be visible on the top of the lighthouse.

Then I painted the rims of the flower pots silver to provide some visual interest.

Then I painted the rims of the flower pots silver to provide some visual interest. I used Delta Ceramcoat Metallic Silver.

I flipped the largest flower pot over and added a ring of clear silicone along the edge of the bottom. Then I placed the smaller pot on top of it.

3. Connect the Flower Pots

I flipped the largest flower pot over and added a ring of clear silicone along the edge of the bottom. Then I placed the smaller pots on top of it.

Next I repeated the process with the smallest flower pot and gave it time to dry before moving on to embellish the pot.

Next, I repeated the process with the smallest flower pot and gave it time to dry before moving on to embellish the pot. 

If you want you can add even more flower pots to make a larger lighthouse, or use two smaller flower pots to make a smaller lighthouse for somewhere else in your home.
If you want you can add even more flower pots to make a larger lighthouse, or use two smaller flower pots to make a smaller lighthouse for somewhere else in your home.

If you want, you can add even more flower pots to make a larger lighthouse, or use two smaller flower pots to make a smaller lighthouse for somewhere else in your home.

This step is totally up to you, but I chose to add a few different sized windows to my flower pot lighthouse. I used a small paintbrush and a light yellow color to mimic the look of light shining through a window.

4. Embellish

This step is totally up to you, but I chose to add a few different-sized windows to my flower pot lighthouse. I used a small paintbrush and Folk Art Home Decor Summer Porch Chalk Paint to mimic the look of light shining through a window.

Then I used a darker color to create a door at the bottom of my lighthouse.

Then I used a Folk Art gold/black Color shift to create a door at the bottom of my lighthouse.

Once everything had dried I used a permanent marker to add some more details to my windows and door, and some other accents on the rest of the lighthouse. You could draw sand, rocks, or waves if you wanted to as well.

Once everything had dried I used a permanent marker to add some more details to my windows and door, and some other accents on the rest of the lighthouse. You could draw sand, rocks, waves or even decorative rope or sea glass if you wanted to as well.

There are lots of possibilities for how you can add a light to the top of your flower pot lighthouse. If it’s going outside a solar light is a perfect fit for this project.

There are lots of possibilities for how you can add light to the top of your flower pot lighthouse. If it’s going outside a solar light is a perfect fit for this project. 

I decided to go a bit of a different route and attached a lantern that my son had given me to the top, with a battery operated waterproof LED light inside.

I decided to go a bit of a different route and attached a small lantern that my son had given me to the top, with a battery-operated waterproof LED light inside.

If you want to protect and seal your lighthouse, go ahead and give it a clear coat of mod podge or any other sealant that will stand up to the elements. My flower pot lighthouse is going to live in my house, so I skipped this step.

5. Seal

If you want to protect and seal your lighthouse, go ahead and give it a clear coat of outdoor mod podge to stand up to the elements.

Can’t you smell the beach already? This flower pot lighthouse is a quick and easy way to bring the beach straight into your house. How would you decorate yours? Let me know in the comments below!

Can’t you smell the beach already? This flower pot lighthouse is a quick and easy way to bring the beach straight into your house. How would you decorate yours? Let me know in the comments below!

I just love the beach and I’ve been looking for creative ways to incorporate beachy decor into my home. This flower pot lighthouse is the perfect project to accent my shell collection! With just a few easy to find materials you can have your own nifty flower pot lighthouse in under an hour or two. This project is so easy that you don’t need any crafting experience in order to do it yourself. Check out my step by step guide and get started!

What size pots do I need to make a lighthouse?

You’ll need 3 flower pots. They can be any size you want, but they need to be at least an inch to 2 inches apart so they’ll stack.

What can you make with clay pots?

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58 Comments

  1. So clever and adorable for summer! I love the lantern top! Happy to be crafting with you today. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Mary – lovely crafting with you today too.

  2. What a cute idea!l This seems like a fun kid-friendly project, too I love the bright blue paint! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

    1. Thank you so much Cecilia, and that’s a great idea! Wonderful crafting with you today.

  3. Super cute idea Chas, and using a real lantern at the top is brilliant!! I LOVE it!!

    1. Thank you so much Jenna, you are so sweet. Lovely crafting with you.

    1. Thank you so much Gail, I’m thrilled you like it! Lovely crafting with you.

  4. Chas this is so darn cute. Love the light house. It would look so good out in a garden. The little lantern on top makes it. Great craft!

    1. Thank you so much Terrie! I’m so excited that you like it. Lovely crafting with you!

  5. I’m a big fan of coastal decor Chas, even though we’re nowhere near a beach. Love how it looks in its natural setting!

    1. Thank you so much Sara – I’m so happy you like it. So great crafting with you!

  6. Such a cute idea for left over pots. You could make so many different characters. You’re so creative. Thanks for joining the hop!

    1. Thank you Andrea… I think I’m becoming a flower pot creation junkie lol. Thanks for putting the party together – lovely crafting with you friend.

  7. What a darling idea! More ideas for terra cotta pots! Love the little windows ~ that really added to the extra real look of the lighthouse.

    1. Thank you so very much Carol. Lovely crafting with you friend.

  8. Chas, give me a cute affordable and easy craft like this one any day of the year! Love joining up with you on these craft hops 🙂

    P.S. I see you have a video on your site. I’ve been wanting to do that. Was it difficult to put together????

    1. Thank you so much Rachelle! Love that you like easy crafts too. Yes, I have been doing video for 3 years now – it’s easy to do and I’m happy to chat about it if you like.

  9. Chas, I love lighthouses and this is such a clever and cute project. What makes yours special is the way you incorporated the lantern and solar light — genius! My sister in SC lives near an abandoned one that is now completely surrounded by water, except at very low tides. We take their boat out there and watch dolphins at dusk. Wish I was there now!

    1. Thank you so much Debbee and thank you for sharing – I would LOVE to see that. Wonderful crafting with you!

  10. This is such a cute idea! My mother in law loves lighthouses and she has a birthday coming up soon. I’m going to see if my boys want to help me make this for her. Thanks for sharing with us at Encouraging Hearts and Home. Pinned.

    1. Thank you Joanne and I love that your boys could help create one of these for your mother in law. Such a sweet and wonderful idea.

  11. I can see that you really enjoyed making this lighthouse! I only recently painted some terra cotta pots for the first time. I can’t believe it took me so long– it was so much fun! What a great craft project!

    Liberty

    1. Thank you Liberty. I’m thrilled you had fun painting and there are so many possibilities and ways to have fun with it

  12. This is a great project. I love it and so achievable too! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you Christine, I’m so glad you like it.

  13. What a fun summer craft ~ adding the lantern just takes it over the top ~ clever idea!

    1. Thank you so much Allyson, I’m thrilled you like it.

  14. This is so cute! Love it for a garden! Glad to be hopping with you!

    1. You are so sweet Kristin, thank you so much! So great crafting with you friend.

    1. Awe Sarah – you are so sweet, thank you. Just made my day! I love that you want to do this with the kids – great idea!

  15. Well this post just popped out at me. I love lighthouses and my favorite color is blue. I just got back from a little road trip to see some lighthouses. I have got to make this. I really liked your lantern on top of the lighthouse. I hope that I can find one like it. I am Amy’s sister and help her with her blog. I love the wide variety of tips, crafts, etc. that you have on your blog. I’m so excited to make this lighthouse.

    1. Hi Audrey – so nice to meet you! I would LOVE to learn more about your lighthouse road trip – that is something I would really like to do someday. You are so sweet – thank you so much for the kind words. I just love those recipes too!!!

  16. This is sooo cute, reminds me my trip to Nova Scotia last Summer and seeing all the light houses along the coast.

    1. Thank you so much Sonja – oh my that had to be an amazing trip. I would love to do that!

  17. So cute and perfect for summertime! You are always so crafty and creative! Hugs!!

    1. Thank you so much Chloe! You are so very sweet. So great crafting with you – hugs back friend.

  18. Very cute idea, Chaz! You couldn’t have picked a better lantern style for the top. Such a fun terracotta pot repurpose and so cute to have on display in a flower garden.

    1. Thank you so very much Marie, I’m thrilled you like it. I was so lucky my son gave me that lantern.

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    1. Thank you so much Marilyn! I hope you have a great week

    1. Thank you so much my amazing friend! You are just so sweet! Happy 4th to you as well.

  20. That is a wonderfully creative idea, I am going to have to try and do something like that with my son, he will love it.

    1. Thank you Robyn, & love that you want to try it with your son.

  21. I’m a bit impressed that the blue is that blue against the terracotta. I recently painted some terracotta pots blue, but I painted them white first.

    The lighthouse is so cute! I love that you used a gift from your son as the topper! This is a fun piece.

    Do you find the outdoor Mod Podge a better option than Krylon or Rust-Oleum clear sealer?

    1. Thank you so much Alexandra – and I know exactly what you’re talking about that sometimes you need a primer first. I think either of those sealers work great too, I just like to make sure I’m getting a nice even coat of sealer on it.

  22. This is too cute, Chas…and the lantern, love it! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s.

    1. I’m so glad you like it Ann, thank you so much 🙂

  23. Thank you Chas for sharing your lighthouse project. I love lighthouses and have visited a few. Be sure to stop by and share again.
    Have a great week!

    1. Thank you so much Karren, I’m thrilled you like it. See you at the next one.

  24. Another fantastic up-cycle lighting craft! Your ideas are amazing!
    Hugs, Kippi

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