Tropical Birch Round Wall Sconce

Tropical Wall Sconce Tutorial by Dana Tatar

I’m always on the hunt for creative ways to inject my living space with color, especially during the bright and warm Summer months. I’m working on turning my back deck into a tropical oasis. I had a lot of fun … Continue reading

How to Use Chalk Paint on Wood at Paint-A-Palooza

Just over a week ago, fifty crafters came together in sunny San Diego, California for a three day workshop called Paint-A-Palooza to create, share, and learn in the fabulously artsy Charity Wings Art Center. Our good friends at DecoArt® organized … Continue reading

It’s Time to Make Clocks!

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

It’s another Throwback Thursday Blog! Thought it would be a good time to review some things about making a clock. Clocks are great for the upcoming gift-giving season – they are easy and fun to make. Here are a few tips to help.

You can make a clock out of just about anything! The deciding factor is if you can cut or drill a 3/8” hole in the object you will use for the clock surface. Follow these easy steps and you’ll have a clock in no time (sorry….just had to say it!).

1. Choose a surface.

Wow – there are so many. Walnut Hollow has lots of wood surfaces with pre-drilled holes ready to use.


However, there are also many other surfaces that simply need a 3/8” hole drilled.


There are other ideas to consider also: straw hat, paper mache box, cake pan, teddy bear – or what about a flip-flop?

2. Choose a decorating theme.

If the surface hasn’t already determined the theme, you could wood burn, or wood carve.


Use the Creative Versa-Tool® to create unique designs. Try decoupage with a beautiful gift wrap or scrapbook papers. Ribbons are terrific as well – or many fabric to cover the surface. Paints of all types work great and don’t forget colored pencils.

3. Choose the clock movement.

Make sure that the clock movement has a shaft length that is appropriate for your surface. Shafts come in three sizes: ¼”, 3/8”, and ¾”.  Determine the depth of the surface of your clock and then purchase the appropriate movements.


There are also pendulum clock movements available.


4. Choose a clock face or numbers and hands or just hands.

Use an adhesive clock face or adhesive numbers depending on your decorating theme.


Some movements only include hands and some have numbers and hands.

You can also purchase hands separately.


The hands are available in silver, black and gold. They can all be spray painted to make them a different color.

5. Once you have chosen a surface, decorated it, decided on the clock movement, face or numbers, and hands, it’s time to put it all together. Instructions for attaching the clock movement are found on the back of each package.


6. Last, but a very important step – add the battery!

Choices, choices, choices! There are excellent ideas that can be found almost anywhere. Make your clockmaking decisions and begin making your clocks today. It’s fun to make clocks for your home – and don’t forget that they are great for personalized gifts. Everyone needs clocks – and every room does too!

Here are a few ideas to get you started –

Striped ClockSquare Modern Clock With Buttons39811 Medallion ClockOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA40173 Chalkboard Clock


Being Thankful

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

We are excited to be blog hopping with Quietfire Design all this week. We have so many creative projects to share with you using Quietfire Design high quality rubber stamps with Walnut Hollow Wood Surfaces and Tools.

Walnut Hollow + Quietfire Design Prize

We have a great prize to give away. Let us know what you think about our projects by leaving comments. We will choose a prize winner Monday, October 6. Leaving comments on all of the projects will increase your chance of winning! See where to go next at the end of my post!


Walnut Hollow Crafts | Being Thankful


Suzanne Cannon’s calligraphy is truly beautiful and I’m “being thankful” that she made this Set for us to use.


I used the Walnut Hollow Chippendale Plate and the Circle Thin Mini Plaque for my surface. The DecoArt Americana Chalky Finish, Vintage was perfect to enhance the colors of the wonderful Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Collection, Birds of a Feather paper. I used a large flat brush to basecoat both the Plate and the Circle with Vintage Chalky Finish. The paint is so thick and creamy, you’ll only need one coat. After the paint is thoroughly dry, lightly sand everything with fine sandpaper.


I used Tombow® Xtreme Adhesive to adhere the paper to the center of the Plate.

To die cut the scallop circles, I used Spellbinders® Classic Scallop Circles with a matching blue and ivory cardstock.


Using Clearsnap® Colorbox® Mudslide with a sponge applicator, I created more of a vintage look on all of the papers as well as the plate itself.


I used the same ink pad to stamp the sentiments: “Being Thankful” on the ivory paper, “for family”, “for friends”, “for blessings” and “for you” around the Plate.


To adhere the Circle Plaque to the Plate, I used Tombow® Power Tabs – they will do a great job of holding the wood plaque to the paper.

Now it’s just a matter of display – you can hang it on a wall, or place it on an easel. Either way it’s a welcome addition to any home décor. For the Fall Thanksgiving Holiday or year round.



Thanks for stopping by to see my “Being Thankful” Plate! Now go see what Yogi and Holly have created!