Kids Korner – Garden Lighthouse

Welcome to the Kids Korner- the place where we show you how to bring your little ones into the garden. We bring you ideas on how to spend time with your children, how to utilise their creativity and enable you to spend quality time with them in the outdoors.


Want to bring a summery beachy feel to your garden? This week we show you how to make a Garden Lighthouse. Pots are stacked and painted, and rope details are added to create this simple piece of kiddies garden art!


You will need:

  • Clay pots in varying sizes, one large, one medium and one small. When you buy them check that they fit on top of each other in a conical shape.
  • Clay pot bases
  • white, blue, red and/or black acrylic paint
  • paintbrushes
  • strong adhesive
  • rope
  • scissors
  • newspaper
  • a solar lamp for the top, or one in which one would place a candle or tealight
  • shells for decorating (optional)

How to Make your Lighthouse

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Step 1: Lay out newspaper on your work surface. Begin by painting each pot white. Leave the top rims unpainted. When the white has dried, paint the rims a navy, blue or red colour.

Paint the pot bases white.

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Step 2: With the colour of your choice paint windows and doors on the pots. The Base pot will have a door, the middle and top ones will have windows.

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Step 3: Section out and cut pieces of rope for the windows and doors. Using strong contact adhesive glue these to the pots.

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Step 4: Adhere shells to the pots, and a decorative piece of rope around the base. Ensure you allow enough time for these to dry. These are both optional, and any decor can be used.

Step 5: Once all the pots and pot bases have dried, begin to glue them together. The simplest way to do this is to work from the largest pot to the smallest.

Face the largest pot downwards. Place glue along the rim of the medium pot. Place the medium pot over the large one. Glue the rim of the smallest pot. Place this, upside down, on top of the medium pot. Ensure when you buy them that they fit well and will adhere snugly.

Step 6: Now glue a medium pot base to the top of the smallest pot. This forms the base on which the solar lamp or candle holder will be attached.

Glue the entire structure onto a large clay pot base.

Step 7: Glue the solar lamp onto the top of the lighthouse. Check that everything is solid and glued properly.

Step 8: Decorate the entire base with shells and other small marine-themed goodies- even a small piece of coral, a small life buoy or a small ship would be perfect.

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Display your lovely lighthouse wherever you would like a beam of light in your garden!


  • The large base at the bottom of the lighthouse can be used as a birdfeeder. Simply use a pot base that has more of a lip. Fill with bird seed to attract birdlife to your garden.
  • There are many ways to paint and decorate your lighthouse. We chose a marine theme but any colours and themes can be used to make your lighthouse personal.
  • Instead of rope, small wooden popsicle sticks can be used to create the door and window frames.

Have you read our previous Kids Korner post? We made a Caterpillar planter. Read more |HERE|


Spring is here and we are all loving the sunshine. It’s time to get outdoors and get creative!



We would love to see what you and your children get up to in the garden! Tag us on Instagram using the hashtags  #lifestylehomegarden and #lifestylekidskorner and the tag @LifestyleHomeGarden so that we can see your posts!lifestyle home garden nursery plant shop kids korner blog child children education outdoors learning



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