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.

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Some grottos are natural; some are manmade.

Use an Old Bathtub

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Step 6

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

Use an Old Refrigerator

Step 1

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

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Place the refrigerator in the hole, bottom end first.

Step 4

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

Step 5

Paint the refrigerator to suit your taste.

Step 6

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.

Step 7

Place statue in the grotto.