Ideas and Tips for Building Your Own Garden Lighthouse
Posted by Primitive Touch Decor on 20th Feb 2021
Whether you want to build a large or small garden lighthouse, these ideas and tips will help you along the way. What kind of garden lighthouse will you build?
Want to make something fun that will also add some beauty to your life? If you've ever wanted your very own garden lighthouse, you might be able to guess where this is going...
Yes, you can make your own garden lighthouse! These pretty pieces of outdoor decor are also practical and just a great way to spend your time. We'll walk you through some ideas for how to make something truly special.
Keep reading for some excellent garden lighthouse tips for your next project.
Show Off Your Woodworking Skills
For those out there with experience in woodworking, a garden lighthouse is a wonderful project to make with wood.
You might be wondering how to build a garden lighthouse if all you have are flat pieces of wood—how will you get that classic curved shape? But you don't have to make curves if you don't want to. Instead, you can make the lighthouse with flat wood panels arranged in a cone-like shape (kind of like the hexagonal sides of a pencil).
The benefit of making a lighthouse from wood is that this could give you more flexibility when it comes to size. If you want a really large lighthouse for your garden, you can scale up the size of your wooden planks in a way that you might not be able to with other materials.
Use What You Have!
Don't have woodworking skills? Don't worry!
You can make a great DIY garden lighthouse with some items you likely already have in your garden: flower pots and planters. Just turn them upside down and stack them on top of each other for a tiered cone-like shape. Don't forget to glue them together before painting.
Then top your lighthouses with whatever shapes you have on hand! If you have a lighting source like a small battery-powered light, even better.
Get the Whole Family Involved
If you have small children in your life, here's a great way to get them involved. You can take care of the structural elements, and then the kids can help with the painting part.
This is a fun, hands-on activity that can also be quite educational. Painting a 3-dimensional object will help kids hone their spatial awareness, and you can teach them about the history and purpose of lighthouses along the way. This is an art project you won't have to hang on the fridge—instead, you can see it every day in your lovely garden!
Don't Be Afraid to Be Weird
No one says your garden lighthouse has to look exactly like a real lighthouse. Want to add googly eyes and little arms? Go for it!
You can also include a quote or some words that carry a special meaning for you. Your garden lighthouse is a work of art, so go ahead and take some artistic license.
Are you someone who loves to travel? Or maybe you just love the scenery of a particular part of the world.
Well, you can use your unique taste to bring a bit of personality to your garden lighthouse. Instead of just creating a basic lighthouse look, look up famous lighthouses in any oceanside town that's close to your heart. Chances are, you'll find particular patterns or colors that set these styles apart.
Then recreate your favorites in your very own garden!
A Garden-Safe Candle
Want the warmth and beauty of a flickering flame without having to keep an eye on your garden all the time?
Try illuminating your greenery with an artificial candle at the top of your garden lighthouse. You can experiment with different styles, from the color to the shape of the flame.
Go Green with Your Garden Lighthouse
Another lighting option you can try is solar power. This could be the perfect way to get some light without having to worry about batteries dying out.
Solar-powered lights will charge during the day, which means they're great to place in a garden. Then, they'll provide you with some crucial shine in the nighttime. If you go with this type of lighting, try to place your lighthouse in a sunny part of the garden.
A garden lighthouse is a beautiful way to decorate your outdoor space, but it can also be quite practical.
Take a moment to think about your daily routines. Do you wish you could take a calming walk through your garden in the evening without having to turn on large outdoor lights? Well, a garden lighthouse can provide the perfect ambient glow.
Try setting a timer on your light source so it turns on and off according to your regular habits.
When You're Short on Time, Go Readymade
What if you don't have the time or attention span to create your lighthouse pieces from scratch?
Well, you can get readymade lighthouse pieces right from our website. We sell them as replacement parts for the Amish-crafted garden lighthouses we carry, but you can also use these parts for your own creations.
And if you want an entirely readymade garden lighthouse, you can get that from our website too! This way, you'll have a lot more size options, including lighthouses taller than yourself. And the handiwork is incredible.
Most Importantly, Have Fun
When you're building your own garden lighthouse, the sky's the limit. Want a huge one? A cute, tiny one?
You can even make one with a smiley face if you want. And if you get some help from the youngest artists in the house, even better.
Garden lighthouses can turn any outdoor space into a magical little wonderland. So go ahead and make your own! Or browse through our gorgeous selection.