Lighthouse crafts for children

Written by ruth o'neil
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Lighthouse crafts are popular among children and adults. You can make lighthouse crafts using a variety of materials and with a variety of age groups. Choose more difficult crafts to use with older children and save the easier crafts for the little ones. These lighthouse crafts are good for school, church, or home, whenever you feel like making your own little lighthouse.

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Paper Towel Tube

Collect paper towel tubes until you have enough for each child, plus a few extra. Allow the kids to decorate their lighthouses any way they want. They can colour them or paint them to look like brick or even to match a popular lighthouse. You might want to have some pictures of lighthouses available for the kids to look at. They can also decorate their lighthouse by gluing small stones or shells to the paper towel tube. Extra cardboard tubes can be cut up and used as the tops of the lighthouses. Glue the whole thing to a paper plate and glue sand on the plate to represent the beach.


Allow the children to use clay to make a lighthouse. Use lightweight clay that dries quickly for this project. Be sure to have plenty of rolling pins handy so the kids can roll out the clay. They can then roll it into the shape of a lighthouse. If they roll out the clay to about 1/2-inch thick, then trim the clay with a pizza cutter so the bottom is wider than the top, they can make the bottom of the lighthouse a little wider than the top as in a real lighthouse. Use the clay to form other shapes to make the top of the lighthouse. Allow the children to paint the clay once it is dry.

Clay Pot

Buy graduating size clay pots to make this lighthouse. This craft is good for the older kids. Stack the pots, top side down, one on top of the other, with the largest pot on the bottom. Use a hot glue gun to join the pots together by putting a bead of glue around the edge of the bottom pot and setting the next pot on top of it. Have the children paint the clay pots in any way they desire. After the paint is dry, spray on a clear coat sealer to protect the paint and keep it from chipping. After the clear coat dries, the kids can hot glue decorations to make it more realistic. They could even insert a lamp fixture with a night light bulb attached and thread it up through the holes in the pots to make it actually light.

Framed Art

Draw an outline of a lighthouse onto a piece of card stock. Get plenty of tiny shells from the craft store. Have the children outline the lighthouse picture by gluing the shells on the black lines. They can fill in the spaces using a different type of shell. Brush some glue around the outside of the lighthouse and have the children sprinkle sand on the glue. Once the glue dries, the children can frame the picture using Popsicle sticks.

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