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Terra Cotta Pot Lights

Light pathways or steps in your backyard or garden with these charming terra cotta pot lights. Terra cotta pots are inexpensive and easy to come by at secondhand stores (or in your own basement, perhaps!). By painting the insides soft, pale shades, you can create a romantic atmosphere for a very low cost!

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Here are a few tips:

  • To give off maximum light, apply pale-colored paint to the inside surface. Try gloss for maximum reflection, flat for a warmer, subtler glow.
  • Use a low-VOC latex exterior grade paint if you plan to leave them outside all the time.
  • To get a range of tones, use white paint as your base and add small amounts of different pigments. Alternatively, most paint retailers now sell tiny containers of sample paint in a vast array of colors. Buy a few, then mix them to extend your palette.
  • When dry, cover the hole with tape or a pebble, add a bit of sand, and a votive candle.

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Jessica Kellner

Jessica Kellner is the editor of Natural Home & Garden magazine, a national sustainable home and lifestyle magazine. She is dedicated to helping readers create more sustainable, delightful homes that are in tune with the natural world. She is also the author of Housing Reclaimed: Sustainable Homes for Next to Nothing, published by New Society Publishers in autumn of 2011. Email her at


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1:08AM PST on Nov 9, 2014

Thank you!

3:31AM PDT on Apr 8, 2013


11:54AM PDT on Apr 7, 2013


11:10AM PDT on Apr 7, 2013

nice ideas.

10:19PM PDT on Apr 6, 2013

Nice bench.

11:39PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

cool ideas....thanks!

3:04AM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

I really like the Garden Bench idea. I guess I'll be going to Lowes or Home Depot to find the plastic lumber.

I already have some Terre Cotta pots, so I will try the lights in them. They look so cool.

Thanks for the ideas!!

3:55AM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

plastic wood, is just a mixture of plastic and wood scraps molded together, they are using this mixture for the porches you see in some areas, they do not splinter and are better in weather

2:33PM PST on Mar 1, 2012

I never heard of plastic lumber. I'd use real wood lumber and paint it. I like the pot lights!!

8:59PM PST on Feb 8, 2012

Interesting article with some good ideas Thanks for posting

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Good advice, thanks.

I wonder how wrinkly their cheeks are under their fur.


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