A few years ago we remodeled our house and in addition to another bedroom we added on a craft room. Over time this little room has become a creative haven for the entire family; the walls are filled with our crafty makings and colorful inspiration boards. Lately we’ve been adding little touches that continue to make this a place that encourages our children’s imaginations, like this whimsical Pinwheel Wall Clock.
- Walnut Hollow Circle Panel Clock 10″x10″
- Clock Movement – 3/4″
- Black Clock Hands
- Hot Stamps Numbers & Symbols Set
- Creative Versa-Tool®
- Small Party Favor Size Pinwheels (3 pkgs of 4)
- E6000 Glue
- rainbow shades of paint
- sponge daubers
The first step of this project is to measure where to drill the 12 holes for the pinwheels.
Measure the circumference of the circle, if you are using the 10″x10″ Circle it should be 31 1/2″. Divide that number by twelve: 31 1/2″ ÷ 12 = 2 5/8″. Measure and mark the edge of the circle for drilling, and using a bit the same width as your pinwheels drill holes 1/4″ to 1/2″ deep.
Next, use the Versa-Tool® and Hot Stamps to burn in the numbers of the clock face. I can’t stress enough how important it is to read the instructions provided and always test before you burn on your final project.
When burning you’ll also want to be sure to press STRAIGHT down, don’t wiggle.
Use the drilled holes as a guide when burning, and remember more than one hour on the clock contains a “1” get them all done at once so you don’t have to switch out your stamps more than necessary.
Before we painted on our polka dots we oiled the circle using mineral oil. Oiling the wood helps protect it and, in my opinion, gives the natural color and grain of the wood a glow. Polka dots are always a fun and easy way to add color to a project and if you use a sponge dauber you can get uniform circles.
Before you add your clock movement glue your pinwheels into place.
To add the Clock Movement refer to the instructions; they very clearly show the order in which to add the various parts so that everything works the way it should. Also, be sure to read the clock surface product description on the Walnut Hollow website. They tell you which clock movements, and clock hands, will work with the various surfaces.
One of the great things about Walnut Hollow products is that they can be customized to fit your decor and needs. The 3/4″ clock movement came with a set of gold hands, but to make it easier for the kids to read we were able to easily switch them out with a set of larger Black Hands.
Erin is a writer, crafter, and homeschooling mother of four based in rural Missouri. On her blog, My Very Educated Mother, she shares projects, crafts, recipes, family activities, and household tips, aimed at encouraging readers to foster creativity in their lives and homes.