How to Build a Grotto for Religious Statues


A grotto is a semi-enclosed place that holds and protects items of worship and sacredness. If you own statues that have spiritual or religious significance, building a grotto in the front or back yard is a way to devote space to the statue and protect it from the elements at the same time. There are a number of simple ways to build your own shrine, some involving simple household items.

Things You'll Need

  • Bathtub or refrigerator
  • Shovel
  • Extension cord
  • Paint and paintbrush
  • Screwdriver

Use an Old Bathtub

  • Obtain an old used bathtub; the clawfoot kind are the best.

  • Dig a hole about 2 or 3 feet deep in your back or front yard in the place you want your grotto to be.

  • Stand the bathtub up on one end, lengthwise, and place it in the hole you dug in your yard.

  • Fill the bottom of the bathtub with dirt and pack dirt around the base so that it is secure standing on its end.

  • Paint the bathtub any color you want, including multiple colors and intricate designs.

  • Place the statue on the ground or on a covering inside the bottom of your bathtub grotto.

Use an Old Refrigerator

  • Dig a 2- to 3-foot-deep hole in the space where you want your grotto.

  • Remove the door from an old refrigerator with a screwdriver. You may have to get a professional to help you with this step, depending on the refrigerator.

  • Place the refrigerator in the hole, bottom end first.

  • Fill the bottom of the refrigerator with dirt and pack it around the base of the refrigerator until it is well secure.

  • Paint the refrigerator to suit your taste.

  • Run an extension cord to the nearest power outlet and plug in the refrigerator. The light in the refrigerator should come on, giving you a lighted grotto at night. Unplug the cord during the day.

  • Place statue in the grotto.

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