These clay pot lighthouses are an easy craft project to make with kids and can be completed in an afternoon (plus paint drying time). A solar lamp on top makes them glow at night—it’s very pretty!
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We recently visited Point Clark, Ontario which is located on Lake Huron. The old lighthouse has been under renovation for some time and it’s now finally nearing completion.
The first time we visited years ago, we happened to arrive on a magical day when a massive migration of monarch butterflies was there. I’ll never forget how amazing it was to have thousands and thousands of butterflies flitting all around us on the beach.
To commemorate this favourite place and my love of lighthouses, I decided to create my own souvenir based on this one.
If you have a favourite lighthouse, you may want to work from a photo and pick out the key elements that make it unique. This one is basically a white tower with the lamp at the top, a few small windows, and some red trim.
Since I’m not trying to build a replica but instead just want a simplified version of the lighthouse, I didn’t fuss over details.
Supplies include clay flower pots (one of each size so they stack nicely with a bit of overlap), a clay saucer, acrylic primer, outdoor patio craft paints -see it at Amazon, adhesive, paint brushes, and a lamp for the top.
I happened to find a ready-made lamp at the dollar store that reminded me of the top of the Point Clark lighthouse. I also noticed several small, metal votive candle holders that would look good too.
If you don’t want a lamp on top, you could use an old salt shaker or small jar on top.
If you’d like more details, the complete tutorial with the material list and instructions is on my blog at eBay where I collaborate as a blogger:
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