Welcome and thank you for stopping by to see how to include a fun DIY Kids Christmas Lighthouse Project inspired by the Holiday Lighthouse ornament by Tracy Larsen for the July 2015 Featured Artist as part of the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Club into your arts and craft lessons. This fun kids hands-on craft focuses on making memories, just like the artist who was inspired to create this ornament about iconic lighthouses all decked out for Christmas and is the perfect addition to the Exploring Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artist Series.
Lighthouses are an iconic part of any community near the ocean that has ships and boats that travel to, from, and around it. During Christmas time there is usually snow, fog, and more to make these pillars of safety harder to find, so when they are festively decorated they can often be seen from a further distance. I think that the Holiday Lighthouse by Tracy Larsen is a really fun ornament to hang on your tree, so it got me thinking of a fun hands-on craft project and set out to make a fun rendintion of our own for this month’s Featured Keepsake Ornament Artist .
To make your own Holiday Lighthouse inspired DIY Kids Christmas Lighthouse Project craft for this month’s Featured Keepsake Ornament Artist you will need the following materials and supplies:
- Empty coffee creamer bottle (the clear Coffeemate varieties work best)
- Red, black, and white acrylic paint
- Acrylic glitter glaze
- Paint brushes
- Red and green mini pom poms
- Hot glue and glue gun
- Battery powered tea light
- Sharp knife
Start by carefully cutting a hole in the bottom of your empty and cleaned, clear Coffeemate creamer bottle. These types of bottles are the easiest to use from this project because I think they already look like a lighthouse! I found that using a sharp knife worked best, but please be careful with whatever you use since it will be very sharp. Be sure to not cut too much of the bottom off so that the lighthouse can still stand-up on its own safely.
Next it is time to paint the walls of the lighthouse. I used alternating layers of white and red acrylic paint. You can paint yours as high up as you want, but I thought it looked best if we stopped our layers where the bottle started to decrease in size.
Then it is time to make a window for the light to shine through using black acrylic paint. Pick a portion of your lighthouse that is not already painted and about three-quarters of the way up the side to make a window. Feel free to make it a square, triangle, oval, dome, or whatever shape you want to. My daughter painted her’s pictured here upside down so that she did not smear the wet red and white paint she did for the bottom of the lighthouse.
Your lighthouse should now look something like this once the paint is all dry. Next, use hot glue to attach the twine around the base of your lighthouse at the interface of your stripes. Then, once the glue is cooled down, apply a layer of acrylic glitter glaze to the entire bottle, except the red lid and twine.
Once the glitter glaze is dry, use hot glue to attach the mini red and green pom poms to the bottom lip of the lid like hanging Christmas lights.
Once all the paint, glitter glaze, and hot glue is all finished setting, simply find a safe place to display your project and turn on your battery powered tea light. Presto! Your DIY Kids Christmas Lighthouse project is now ready to display or be given as a gift from the heart inspired by the talents of Tracy Larsen!
Don’t forget to check out all the other Exploring Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artist Series fun either!
How did yours turn out? Why not drop by and share yours with everyone today!