Monday, 17 June 2013

May Arts Ribbon Nautical Summer Craft Challenge!

Thank you for coming over to visit with me today!  Back in May, May Arts Ribbon put out a call for people who were interested in participating in a Nautical Summer Craft Challenge and I was pleased to be one of the people chosen to participate.  The summer challenge was a Nautical theme and I was sent 2 different types of ribbon and 1 type of cording to use in my project.  I had already wanted to make a lighthouse and this challenge was perfect for my project!!! 

I really had a lot of fun with this challenge and it really turned out great! The Canadian Flag does swivel in the wind as it is attached to one of the ropes (threads) that was used to make the flag pole.  It made taking pictures a challenge as the flag was always changing it's orientation! I took quite a few pictures of my lighthouse down at the beach front in Qualicum Beach, BC on June 12th and it was so hard to choose just one so I'm posting only a few of the best!

This lighthouse was originally made to be a birdhouse and it had two holes in the front panel but I covered them up.  I would think that one could convert this into a money bank by sawing a slot in the back prior to painting etc. because it's hollow and put a hole in the bottom covered with something so that one could get their money out one day!  I loved making this so much I plan to make quite a few more!  It was super fun!  I had so many compliments from passers by walking along the promenade at the beach!!!

May Arts is also taking fan votes for best project and they are having a giveaway too! Head on over to their Blog to vote and get in on your chance to win!

  1. I found a dollar store wooden lighthouse. 
  2. Sanded it with very fine wet/dry sandpaper (dry).
  3. Painted it with Craft Smart Acrylic Paint. (several coats)
  4. Used adhesive glitter sticker paper (gold) found at the dollar store for the light Pylons at the top. (two levels)
  5. Began wrapping ONE ply of the 3 ply burlap cord around the roof top and glued down to surface with Aleene's Original Tacky Glue only as needed (sparingly) and held down end bits myself by hand until dry.. didn't take too long. Shaved any unruly threads of burlap material to look neat.
  6. Wrapped cord around the railing pylons. Upper no pattern because that's a light post only... lower level is viewing deck likely so I made a crisscross pattern for more security. (logical) Same glue used to secure hidden knots and wrappings.
  7. Pre-measured appropriate lengths of Solid w/D.Stripes ribbon before cutting, then adhered to building using thin line of glue and pressing down at finished points until stuck down. precision of level lines corrected while glue still setting.
  8. Pre-measured lengths of Solid Stripes ribbon used on main body of the lighthouse I used American Crafts double sided sticky tape as the liquid glue would bleed through the thin ribbon. At the back of the lighthouse the tacky glue was used to make sure it did not come undone and dried opaque... not too unsightly but the AC 2x tape just wasn't a strong enough hold. Then the blue diagonal ribbon was over layered on top of that at each outer edge using only tacky glue.
  9. I glued on very small river stones from Michael's Crafts to the base.
  10. I placed dollar store Canada and BC Flag stickers on the main front walls.
  11. Made a Flag Pole with a small bamboo BBQ skewer, stuck on a bead at the top with glue, used Jewelry findings for flag pole rigging, thick black thread from Coats (cotton) for roping, printed off a paper Canadian Flag and used my 2.5" Xyron Create-a-Sticker to put the flag on the thread using two prints so it's double sided. (Flag can freely flutter in the wind!) Rigging does not move  That was way too complicated for me.
  12. Finished off with Embellishments stickers from Jolee's boutique... Dimensional Stickers (Bon Voyage 50-50085) and (Sunglasses 50-40051) where oddly I found the starfish!
  13. Fish netting was used from river rock bag!!!
  14. coiled rope  I used the burlap cord single ply.
  15. Front door cut from scrap of scrappy paper and glued on.
May Arts Ribbon Used
Solid Stripes 365-2-14; Burlap Cord SP10; Solid with Diagonal Stripes 424-18-03; 

Other Supplies Used:
  • dollar store wooden lighthouse
  • very fine wet/dry sandpaper
  • Craft Smart Acrylic Paint (white, holiday red, peacock blue and grass green)
  • adhesive glitter sticker paper (gold)
  • Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
  • American Crafts double sided sticky tape
  • small river stones (pea size)
  • dollar store Canada and BC Flag stickers 
  • a small bamboo BBQ skewer
  • scissors, ruler, gold gel pen, black sharpie marker
  • a bead
  • Jewelry findings
  • pliers for jewelry, rounded and flat edge.
  • thick black thread from Coats 
  • 2.5" Xyron Create-a-Sticker
  • Jolee's boutique Dimensional Stickers (Bon Voyage 50-50085) and (Sunglasses 50-40051)
  • Fish netting was used from river rock bag
  • scrappy paper and flat edge paint brushes (medium weight)

Finally, I'd like to thank May Arts Ribbons for giving me this opportunity to showcase my project. Please visit them at their Facebook Page and tell them I said hello! ~~~Barbara Wagar

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  1. Wow, your lighthouse turned out beautifully. Your photos caught my attention...I've walked along that beach!

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    (¸.•´ (¸.•`¤... Jennifer
    Jenn's Random Scraps

    1. Thank you Jenn! It's as beautiful as ever here this summer! I'm glad you liked my photo's. I thought that it would be awesome background scenery for my project and it gives people a good idea of the beauty of the area where I live.

      Have a happy summer!


  2. What a wonderful project you made from the ribbon and cording that was originally provided! So very creative. Love it!

    1. Thank you Kelly! When I saw the ribbons available for the challenge I knew right away what I wanted to make! And it turned out just right the way I envisioned it. I learned some interesting things to keep in mind for future projects as well and fell in love with May Arts Ribbon in the process!

      Have a great summer!


  3. That is incredible! I love it!

    Thanks for sharing at my Sunday Funday Linky Party!


    1. Thank you Susan! I'll try to link up when I can. I thank you for the opportunity to share my blog with your viewers!

      Have a Sew Wonderful Crafty Summer!