How to Make a Concrete Japanese Pagoda Lantern

Updated February 21, 2017

The artistry that is the Japanese garden often features stone pagoda lanterns in various shapes and sizes to accent the beauty and tranquillity of the garden. People around the world have come to appreciate this art form and have copied it for use in both Japanese-style and general home and business landscaping design. As manufactured concrete Japanese pagoda lanterns can prove a costly expense, many people opt to make a concrete pagoda lantern using a single or multiple-piece pagoda lantern concrete mould.

Smooth a plastic dust sheet across a flat, level workspace.

Pour light-coloured vegetable oil onto a paper towel and wipe it across the entire interior of the mould, creating a thin layer of oil that will help release the concrete from the mould after it dries.

Position your concrete mould on your plastic-covered work surface with the mould's fill-hole facing up.

Prep your fast-setting concrete for pouring. Follow the package instructions to mix the concrete. Typically, this involves pouring dry concrete mix into a large bucket, adding water and then mixing the two ingredients with a large trowel or shovel until the entire dry mixture is wet and pourable.

Place the spout of your bucket over the mould fill-hole and carefully pour your fast-setting concrete into the mould.

Level the mix and force air bubbles to the top of the fill-hole by gently lifting and bouncing the mould on your flat work surface two or three times.

Follow package instructions for drying time frames and then carefully remove the mould from around the Japanese pagoda lantern concrete form(s).

Put on a mask and goggles, polish off any seams or rough concrete edges with a rotary tool and concrete engraving attachment, and then place your Japanese-style concrete pagoda lantern in your garden. If your mould formed multiple concrete pieces that stack together to make the lantern, carry the pieces to your garden and then stack from largest to smallest or as directed in the package instructions that came with your mould.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic dust sheet
  • Pagoda lantern concrete mould
  • Vegetable oil
  • Paper towels
  • Fast-setting concrete
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Shovel
  • Concrete trowel
  • Mask
  • Goggles
  • Rotary tool
  • Concrete engraver attachment
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About the Author

Based in Southern Pennsylvania, Irene A. Blake has been writing on a wide range of topics for over a decade. Her work has appeared in projects by The National Network for Artist Placement, the-phone-book Limited and GateHouse Media. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Shippensburg University.