Tuesday, July 30, 2013

What Time is It?

I went to Michael's Saturday afternoon with the intention of finding a craft to do. I plan to spend my summer crafting for my room in the sorority house and practicing for my little. When I am at a craft store I normally make my way to the wood section because there are always simple pieces that you can do something with, so while I was there I decided to make a clock! At first I was kind of hesitant because I didn't know how it would turn out or if I would even use it, but I did it anyways, and now I am sharing!
Wood Piece (should have a hole in the middle, can be found in the wood crafts with clock making)
Clock Parts (comes in a pack in the clock making section)
Mod Podge
White Paint
Pink Paint
2 Pieces of a printed pattern (I choose the pattern that matched my new bedding for the house)
Paint Brushes
X-Acto Knife or Scissors

The first thing you are going to want to do is paint the entire wood piece white, this way you wont see through the paper when you mod podge it on, it also acts as a primer for any other painting you choose to do.

Second, paint your border. Some wood pieces may not have a border, but mine had a lip and I choose to paint it pink to match the pattern that I choose. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of just the border and white, but you will get the idea based on the final picture.
Third, mod podge your pattern on. There are multiple ways you can di this...
1. Print off 2 pieces of paper (you will have creases)
2. Take one piece to FedEx, Office Max/Depot and get it blown up to fit your piece
If your wood piece is small enough to only need one piece of paper then great! I choose to use 2 pieces of paper simply because this is the first time I have ever done this and I did not want to spend a bunch of money if it wasn't going to work! Now, there are also 2 ways you can cut the paper to fit...
1. Place the paper, flip the piece over and trace the out line, flip it back over and cut the outline with scissors or an X-Acto knife
2. Glue the paper on with one layer of mod podge on the wood, then flip over and cut the paper away with an X-Acto knife.
I choose to do the second option, simply because I had just purchased an X-Acto knife the same day and wanted to use it...but you do not by any means need an X-Acto knife to complete this project. While mod podging your paper to the wood you will need to use at least 2 coats and make sure to put glue directly on the wood so that it stays in place, this also helps from running.
Once you have secured your pattern on the top trim up any of the sides, fix any paint on the border etc. it is time to put the clock part of the clock together! On the back of your clock parts kit there will be a picture explaining how to assemble the parts. You might have to cut some of the wood out of the circle in the middle if your clock back does not reach high enough so that you can secure it on.

Note: You can also paint your pattern.
After this, you will need to put numbers on the clock. turn your clock arms to the spot where you want 12am/pm to be, this is where you will put your 12. Then turn the long hand around clockwise once, wherever the short hand stops will be 1am/pm, turn the long arm clockwise again and this will be 2am/pm. Do this until you have painted in all 12 numbers, or symbols.
The last ting is to put a battery in the back and there you have it...your very own handmade clock! If you are nervous to paint in numbers the clock can also be a decorative piece that you simply hang on the wall.
Sorry for such a long post, enjoy your crafting!

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