DIY Canada Day Lighthouse

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Canada Day is almost here!

With that in mind, why not make a simple craft to celebrate this wonderful occasion?

I’ve always admired lighthouses and there are so many beautiful lighthouses in the Maritimes. My inspiration for this DIY project was the Cape George Lighthouse.

Cape George Lighthouse, Antigonish, NS (image by Bardencj)

This lighthouse project is super easy to make, inexpensive and it’s functional. All the materials can be purchased from the dollar store.

The materials

  • v-shaped tin vase
  • small size red lantern that can fit inside the base of the vase
  • white nautical style rope
  • red ribbon or strip of red felt (or even red tape)
  • Canadian flag sticker
  • white spray paint
  • construction glue


Place the vase upside down.

Spray paint it white and let dry.

Glue the red lantern to the top of the inverted vase.

Glue the ribbon or felt at to the base of the light house and at the top rim too (below the base of the lantern). If you don’t have ribbon or felt or tape, but have red paint, you can paint a red strip along the base.

Glue the nautical rope at around the bottom of the red circumference of the lighthouse.

Add a second strip of red felt at the top of the vase, between the lantern and the top of the inverted vase.

Finally, add the Canadian flag sticker in the center of the lighthouse.

Place the lighthouse in your garden, on your porch, or keep it indoors and use it as a nightlight.

I did look for a small solar lantern, but couldn’t find one that fit the bottom of my vase. However that would be a smarter choice and more economical.

Happy Canada Day!

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