Brighten Up Any Wall With a Pinwheel Clock

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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 … Continue reading

TO DO Clock

Walnut Hollow

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

To Do ClockI thought that this would be very appropriate for my final blog post – a “To Do” Clock! I’m retiring and I hope “to do” more of what time hasn’t allowed for before.  I hope I have time to do more creating – it’s at the top of my list.

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You will need 2 Modern Plaques for this project. Both of them are Savannah Plaques – one is larger and one is smaller and thinner. They work well together because they have the same shape. Decide where you will place the clock movement on the large Savannah Plaque. Mark the hole location with a pencil. Use a drill with a 3/8” drill bit to make the hole.

Using a large flat brush, apply DecoArt® Americana® Chalkboard Paint in Black to the large Savannah Plaque. Use a large flat brush to apply DecoArt® Americana® Indian Turquoise to the smaller Savannah Thin Plaque. To make the turquoise plaque ready for chalk, apply DecoArt® Americana® Chalkboard Paint in Clear to the top surface. The Clear Chalkboard paint is great because you can turn any color into a chalkboard.

Use Marvy® Chalk Markers to add clock numbers and details to both plaques. I used white on the black chalkboard and red on the “To Do” list. Use Tombow® MONO Multi Liquid Glue to adhere the Savannah Thin Plaque to the large Savannah Plaque.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAttach the clock movement (TQ700P – with the 3/4″ shaft) and hands following the manufacturer’s instructions on the back of the packaging. Insert an AA battery and set the time.

I hope you have enjoyed creating with me. It has been my pleasure to share with you what I love to do. Now I’m off to retirement and to do more of what makes me happy!

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 http://www.walnuthollow.com/store/clock-making/surfaces/ with pre-drilled holes ready to use.

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

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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.

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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.

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There are also pendulum clock movements available.

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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.

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

You can also purchase hands separately.

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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.

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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 –

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Come Back Tomorrow!

Hi!

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It’s Chris. Just want you to know to come back tomorrow for a fun Saturday filled with lots of new Blog Hop ideas from design teams at Walnut Hollow and Ann Butler Designs. We’ll let you know how to Hop from Blog to Blog!

 And when you come back, don’t forget to make comments on the Walnut Hollow Blog – we’ll chose a winner Wednesday, May 28th for our Blog Hop prize randomly drawn from your comments.

See you tomorrow!

Chalkboard Clock

Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

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Who doesn’t love the look of a Chalkboard project – especially when it soooooo easy to accomplish? Anyone could make this Clock. I promise!

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I used DecoArt Black Chalkboard Paint  with a large flat brush to basecoat the Paneled Wood Clock  with 2 coats. Read the directions on the bottle – 1 coat should be brushed on horizontally, the next vertically, then let dry for 24 hours.

After 24 hours, use a piece of regular chalk to rub all over the surface of the clock. Wipe off excess with a paper towel.

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Now comes the fun part. Use a Marvy Bistro Chalk Marker  to make the hand drawn numbers and hour words. You can create any type of font you like – after I did this, I thought that it looked pretty much like I used to teach grammar school many years ago!

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I added sort of a rick-rack design for the border with the Chalk Marker to finish the project.

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A pendulum clock movement  was chosen to make the Clock more unique. Follow the directions on the back of the packaging to attach the movement to the Clock. Add one AA battery – set the time and you’re ready to hang your new Clock up on the wall.

Except for the 24 dry time, you can do this in a couple of hours – easy! What are you waiting for? It’s TIME for a new Clock.

 

It’s Time to Make Clocks!

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 http://www.walnuthollow.com/store/clock-making/surfaces/ with pre-drilled holes ready to use.

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

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There are other ideas to consider also: straw hat, paper mache box, cape 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.

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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. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

There are also pendulum clock movements available.

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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.

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

You can also purchase hands separately.

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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.

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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!

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If you are coming from Donna Salazar Designs then you are in the right place!

Welcome to the Third Annual Handmade Holidays blog hop!! The best crafters, designers, and makers have come together to create and share  a series of thoughtful, handmade gifts for the holidays during this 3 day blog hop. Our goal is to inspire you to create something from the heart this holiday season as well as share how to use our products in fun, innovative ways. We intend this hop to serve as a resource to you for this holiday season and for years to come.

Hop along to each blog in the list. Each day, from November 1 through November 3, 2013, we’ll be posting a brand new list of blogs to hop to. Comment on each blog, share your favorite posts over social media, and then use the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of each post to enter to win the Grand Prize, a gift basket filled with crafty swag from the companies on the hop! We’re ready to inspire, share, and create – are you ready to hop?

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Enter to win the Walnut Hollow Blog Prize by commenting on our projects this week and liking us on facebook! (Pictured below.) Package includes Rustic Wood LedgeMedallion PlaqueClock Movement, and Clock Hands! We will be drawing the winner from the comments on Walnut Hollow Craft blog only. Winner will be announced Monday- 11/4/13.

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A clock is a great gift. A HANDMADE clock is an even better gift (especially for those people in your life who never seem to make it anywhere on time.) That was my thought process when trying to decide what to create for Handmade Holiday. I am a huge fan of ethnic looking patterns and Moroccan inspired motifs so when I saw a line of product that used this style on the Sizzix website, I knew I wanted to create a trendy clock with one of our Modern Plaques.

Medallion Clock I chose the Walnut Hollow Medallion Modern Plaque as my clock surface. I love all of the Modern Plaque shapes, but this one stuck out to me for as a great shape for a clock.

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First I had to find the center of the plaque. Once I was happy with the point I had determined as the center, I drilled a hole through the plaque using a ¾ inch drill bit. I then sanded the surface to prepare it for painting.

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I found these amazing Moroccan inspired buttons, embellishments and chipboard by Sizzix. I immediately knew I wanted to use them as numbers on my clock. The patterns and motifs complemented the Medallion Plaque’s shape perfectly.

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To prepare my clock surface I spray painted it gold with Krylon Metallic Spray Paint.

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I let it dry then added a rich blue color that I mixed together to the face of the clock. There is a faint line on the edge of the plaque that I used as a guideline for my paint brush.

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I picked out the buttons and embellishments that I wanted to use as numbers. The buttons had rings on the back that I had to pull out. I used a pair of pliers to wiggle them out of the back. It was a simple process.

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I used a Sizzix 4″ Circle Die and the Sizzix Big Shot to cut through the Chipboard.

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I glued the circle to the middle of the clock and used scissors to poke a hole in the center. I used the scissors to shape a hole in the chipboard that was 3/4″ so that it sat right above the hole that was drilled into the wood.

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To adhere the “numbers” to the wood I used Tombow Power Tabs. I decided where each button and embellishment should go and pushed them into place.

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I then added the Walnut Hollow Clock Movements and hands according the the manufacturers directions which can be found on the back of the package.

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Clocks are so much fun to make- and even more fun to give as gifts! If you enter to win our prize package by commenting on our blog hop posts and win the prize you will have all of the Walnut Hollow product necessary to make a clock of your own!

Clearsnap http://blog.clearsnap.com

Craft Attitude  http://www.jonathanfongstyle.com/blog/

Smoothfoam http://www.smoothfoam.com/blog/

Donna Salazar Designs  http://donnasalazardesigns.blogspot.com/

Walnut Hollow https://walnuthollowcrafts.wordpress.com/

100 Proof Press http://www.100proofpress.com/_blog/Blog

Graphic45 http://g45papers.typepad.com/

ICE Resin http://iceresin.com/icequeen/

Stampendous http://stampendousblog.wordpress.com/

Sizzix – Eileen Hull Designs http://eileenhull.blogspot.com/

Graphic 45 – Romy Veul – http://scrapstuffandmore.blogspot.nl/

Clearsnap – Steph Ackerman http://stephaniescraps.blogspot.com/

Sizzix – Tami Mayberry http://tamimayberry.blogspot.com/

100 Proof Press – Vicki O’Dell http://www.vickiodell.com

ICE Resin – Cindy Cima Edwards http://www.cindycima.com/

Donna Salazar Designs – Nadia Canizzohttp://samnadia.blogspot.com/

Graphic 45 – Susan Lui  http://luv2scrap-pages.blogspot.com/

Smoothfoam – Lindsay Obermeyer http://loops.typepad.com/serendipity/

Donna Salazar Designs – Tracey Sabella http://gracescraps.blogspot.com/

Clearsnap – Meihsia Liu http://meihsia.blogspot.com/

Next go to 100 Proof Press to see what they have going on for Handmade Holiday!

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Arabesque Paneled Clock

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Wanted to share with you everyone’s favorite project from the Rustic Pallet Program – hands down, it’s the Arabesque Paneled Clock. When I say “everyone” – I’m talking about my co-workers, who like to share their option of the projects created with our products! It is probably one of the most simple of all the pieces, yet catches everyone’s eye.

I love basecoating projects with Tattered Angel Glimmer Mists. It is just so easy to spray the Mist and let it dry.  There is no need to seal the wood first – in fact it’s much better not to seal the wood so that the Mist soaks into the surface of the wood. It covers the wood well and there is literally no clean up, just wipe up any spray that is on a mat or paper that you laid down before spraying. When you use the Glimmer Mists there is always a little brilliance on the wood when it is dry that is beautiful. I used Tattered Leather on the raw wood – the Rustic Paneled Clock.

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I found the stencil at Michaels – it’s by Martha Stewart and the name on the package is Arabesque. There are several stencils in the pack, but I thought that the circles were perfect for the shape of the clock surface. I used a couple different colors (DecoArt®Americana®  Acrylic Paints: Khaki and Buttermilk) to layer the stencils with the Buttermilk used on top of the Khaki.

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The best tip I can give you for stenciling is to use very little paint on the stencil brush. And don’t use water between colors! Add your first stencil color (Khaki) to the stencil brush and wipe any excess paint onto a paper towel. You can always add another coat of paint, but it’s hard to clean up messes from stenciling with too much paint on the brush. There are a couple of ways to add the color: working in a circular motion over the stencil or pouncing the brush on the stencil. For this project, I pounced – which is simply an up and down motion of adding color directly into the openings on the stencil.

After I was finished with the little dot circle stencil using Khaki, I wiped as much paint off the stencil brush as possible, then loaded the brush with Buttermilk and wiped the excess paint off on a paper towel as before. I stenciled the teardrop circle stencil with this color. Once you are happy with all of the stenciling, let the paints dry thoroughly……and now you can use water to clean the brush.

Use a medium flat brush to paint each number with Americana® black acrylic paint. The numbers are laser cut so they are brown on the edges. Because of this, I usually just paint the top of the number.

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I love Tombow’s MONO Multi Liquid Glue because it works the best! I used it to adhere each number on the clock. I always start by gluing down the 12, 6, 3 and 9 numbers so that I know they are in the proper position. Then you can eyeball the numbers that go in between.

Add the clock movement (using one that has a shaft for ¾” wood surface) following the instructions on the back of the package. Add the clock hands, AA battery and set the time.

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Fresh As A Daisy Modern Clock

Last week you saw a pretty funky graffiti clock made using our new Square Modern Clock surface. Today I thought it would be interesting to see the same surface tamed down a bit to show you a very simple, fresh and bright look. A huge difference from the fun graffiti version!

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First you need to choose the paper you want to use – that will determine the color you pick to basecoat the Modern Square Clock surface. I used one of the Que Sera Sera papers from K & Company. I chose DecoArt Americana Hauser Light Green to basecoat the entire clock surface to match the paper. 

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Use scallop scissors (mine are from Fiskars) to cut the edge of the paper to fit inside the veined center area. To find where to cut the paper, I place the paper over the clock and use both hands to work my fingers into the veining, pressing the paper all the way around. You’ll be able to see where you need to cut by doing this step. Remember that it doesn’t need to be perfect – or people won’t realize that it’s handmade! Well, that’s my version of the deal and I’m stickin’ to it…

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Use Tombow’s MONO Aqua Liquid Glue to adhere the paper to the painted wood surface.  Be careful when you are choosing your glue – it really is best to use the Tombow glue because it will not eventually “bubble” – trust me, other glues will “bubble”,  which is not a good thing.

Power Tabs from Tombow are great to adhere the paper flowers in each corner of the clock. Cut the Tabs while they are still on the paper surface when you don’t need the whole Tab for smaller flowers.

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The numbers in the 3 pc Clock Kit for ¾” surfaces have an adhesive already on the back of each number. I only used the 12 – 3 – 6 and 9 for this clock. Of course, you could use all the numbers if you prefer. Just press them in place over the paper.

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Use a pencil to poke through the paper from the back of clock through the hole. Press the paper through the hole to the front and snip the paper out with a pair of small scissors. You’ll find illustrated instructions on the back of the packaging to attach the clock movement. Just follow along and add one AA battery to the movement. Set the hands to the correct time and you’re ready to hang the clock on the wall.

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This clock is so easy to make – it certainly would make a great gift for a friend!