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Flowerpot Birdbath and Lantern

Turn terra-cotta pots and saucers into a decorative birdbath that doubles as a lantern stand for special occasions.

Stacked terra-cotta pot birdbath and lantern

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • 4 - 8-in clay pots, #94451
  • 11-in-diameter clay saucer, #94459
  • 15.75-in clay saucer, #94461
  • Rust-Oleum clear finish
  • E600 general-purpose adhesive, #556902

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Step 1

Use general-purpose adhesive to fasten the bottom of one 8-inch pot to the bottom of another pot. Repeat for another pair of pots and allow the adhesive to cure.

Step 2

Glue a rim on one pair of pots to a rim on the other pair and let the adhesive cure.

Step 3

Flip the 11-inch saucer upside down and center the rim of the bottom pot of the stack on the underside of the saucer. Lightly mark the location on the saucer, apply glue to the rim of the pot and press it on the saucer.

Step 4

Seal the pot assembly and both faces of the 15.75-inch saucer with at least two coats of clear exterior finish and let dry.

Good to Know

By sealing the saucer before attaching it, you help keep water from seeping through the terra-cotta material.

Step 5

Place the 15.75-inch saucer upside down on a work surface and center the upside-down stack of pots on the saucer. Mark the location, apply adhesive to the top rim on the stack of pots, and press the pots against the saucer. Allow the adhesive to cure.

Step 6

To convert the birdbath into a lantern, add candleholders with wax or battery-powered candles.