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How to Make an Asian Pagoda Lantern Out of Concrete

Updated February 21, 2017

Asian pagoda lanterns are common in garden and interior decor While available from many speciality websites and stores, making your own can be fun and cost effective. Concrete will last for years whether indoors or outdoors, making it an ideal material to craft the lantern from. With a little creativity and spare time, you can make an Asian pagoda lantern from concrete.

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  1. Sculpt the roof for your pagoda lantern from the clay and set it aside. The roof does not need detail on the underside of the sculpture as only the top will be moulded.

  2. Sculpt the body of your pagoda lantern. The bottom of the lantern does not need added detail as it will not be moulded.

  3. Place the roof onto the body of the lantern to be sure you are satisfied with the pagoda. Make any adjustments you find necessary now.

  4. Poke four toothpicks in the top of the lantern roof in a square pattern.

  5. Place the roof upside down into a small cardboard box; the toothpicks should hold the lantern a few inches from the bottom of the box.

  6. Pour liquid silicone in the box until a very thin layer of silicone covers the base of the roof sculpture. Allow to dry.

  7. Repeat the process with the body of the lantern, propping it off of the bottom of the cardboard box with toothpicks and allowing the silicone to only slightly cover the base of the sculpture. Let dry.

  8. Neatly cut away the sheet of silicone that is covering the bottom of the roof sculpture with a razor blade. Pull the silicone to the side and remove the sculpting clay. This is your roof mould.

  9. Repeat the process with the mould for the body of the lantern.

  10. Mix the concrete according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  11. Pour the concrete into the moulds. Be careful not to overfill. Allow the concrete to dry.

  12. Cut away the cardboard boxes from the silicone moulds with the razor.

  13. Cut away the silicone from the dried concrete.

  14. Place a candle or light inside the body of the lantern. Place the roof over the body of the lantern and display.

  15. Tip

    You can use this method to mould any type of sculpture.

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Things You'll Need

  • Oil based clay
  • Liquid silicone
  • 2 cardboard boxes
  • Concrete mixture
  • Toothpicks
  • Razor blade

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