pplastic cup lighthouse craft

This tiny lighthouse craft makes a nice night-light; its soft glow is just bright enough to lead your child to the safe harbor of his bed. Its creation will also give you a chance to talk more about why lighthouses are such an important Christian symbol.


– White plastic tape or craft tape
– 18-ounce red plastic or paper cup with a circular bottom, one for each student
– 9-ounce clear plastic cup, one for each student
– Black card stock
– Tacky glue
– Battery-operated tea light (available in most dollar stores and craft stores)
– Adult scissors and student scissors


The word “light” has come to mean goodness, and the word “dark” is often associated with evil. Imagine a world without light. How would food grow? How would we stay warm? When we don’t want to share a secret, we say, “Keep it in the dark.” When we want the world to know about something good, we say, “Bring it into the light.”

On National Lighthouse Day, let’s remember how much God is like the beacon of burning light. Love Him, and our hearts will be full of light. To celebrate God’s love, let’s make a lighthouse!


Cut the plastic cups using adult scissors, as plastic can be sharp while cutting. If your students are very young, cut the rectangles from the black paper for them.


1. Tape three white stripes around the red cup.

2. Trace the bottom of the clear plastic cup onto the black card stock, and then cut out the circle. Save the black circle.

3. Cut out the circle you traced, along with two small rectangles for the windows and a larger rectangle for the door.

4. Trim the top inch or so from the clear cup so that it sits on the red cup with about a half inch of overlap.

5. Use glue to stick the black circle to the bottom of the clear cup, and then glue the windows and door to the red cup, set the tea light on the top and place the
plastic cup over the light.

(*The photo above originally appeared in FamilyFun Magazine)





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