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!
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.