DIY Lighthouse-just add sand

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I honestly had no idea what it was in its previous life, but as soon as I saw it sitting at the thrift store, I knew exactly what it was destined to be. (Any guesses?)

A lighthouse. (Can you see it?)

Sure, I had this vision but I didn’t know how to make it a reality. Therefore, it sat in our mudroom for a bit, until it got in our way. Finally, I moved it upstairs with the rest of my projects-to-be.

Then, out of the blue, it came to me…

Sand art.

I mean, how appropriate? Lighthouse…sand…(do you see where I’m going with this?)

I looked online for inspiration and found it in the form of the Bodie Island lighthouse in Nags Head, North Carolina.

https://pixabay.com/en/lighthouse-bodie-island-186722/

So, off to Hobby Lobby I went. As luck would have it, they were having a 50% off sale¬† on select wedding items and, lucky for me,¬† tinted sand fell into this category. It’s not like it was expensive to begin with ($2.99), but I like saving money whenever I can. Not knowing exactly how much I’d need, I went ahead and bought three of each color which I knew would be too much. (I bought them on a Saturday and with Hobby Lobby being closed on Sundays, I didn’t want to run the risk of not having enough. There’s nothing worse than being excited about a project only to be shut down in the middle of it for some silly reason.)

I started pouring. I chose to make it B-W-B-W-B even though the Bodie Island lighthouse is W-B-W-B-W. (What can I say? I like to be different.)

I had found some solar garden lights at Walmart on clearance, so I snagged two with every intention of going back and getting more once they were cheaper. I forgot.

I cut the stake to about 1.5″ in length.

Next, I stuck the light into the sand and started filling in around it.

My quick little project is now finished.

 

AFTERTHOUGHT: I thought about putting a little wire fence around the top, because, otherwise, that part is mostly invisible.

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