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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Simple Pallet Clock

Fuschia ClockI had a lot of fun making this simple clock. It was a very quick project that turned out really nice! It did not take many supplies. The only non Walnut Hollow Products I used were the paints.

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I used the Rustic Pallet, 14″ x 12″. This pallet is Rough-hewn pine with uneven slats. Beautiful knots add a rustic flare to the pallet.

I stared by finding the center of the middle slat. I used a pencil to mark the exact point.

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Then using a 3/4 inch drill bit, I drilled through the point that I had marked.

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I took some Americana “Khaki Tan” paint and added a lot of water. I painted the whole piece with the very watered down mixture- except for one slat.

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I used Americana Vivid Violet to cover the unpainted slat. I did not water this down at all- I wanted it to be as Vivid as Violet gets.

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I then attached a Walnut Hollow Clock Movement and my favorite Clock Hands according to the instructions included in the packages.

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This clock was really simple to make. I would highly recommend it to any beginner crafter or DIY enthusiast. I think it turned out really well!

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!

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!

Graffiti Clocks

When I asked my friend, Judi Kauffman, to choose some new Walnut Hollow products and create some designs for us, I never thought she would get this funky. However, Judi is such a creative talent, I wasn’t at all surprised!  Well, maybe I was a little surprised when I opened the box full of wonderful projects and saw graffiti!!!, but I loved the two clocks Judi made using our new Square Modern Clock.  Of course, being from California, I grew up with graffiti as it could be seen on the freeways and thoughout several parts of my hometown. Living now in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, I don’t think we have any graffiti in our little town.

So, here’s what Judi started with – times two…

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And, ta da, this is her incredible graffiti artwork… and the clocks actually tell time!

Graffiti Clocks by Judi Kauffman for Walnut Hollow

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Supplies:

Walnut Hollow Square Modern Clock 39788

Walnut Hollow clock hands 27288 (red/pink clock) or 23091 (red/pink/purple/blue clock)

Walnut Hollow clockworks TQ 700P

Krink Paint Markers, assorted colors with broad and fine tips

How-to:

1. Working in a well-ventilated space per the manufacturer’s instructions, use Krink Paint Markers to create a background on the clock with two to four colors.

2. Add graffiti (words, arrows, random lines and patterns) using two or more contrasting colors.

3. Alter clock hands with colors that match the clock.

4. Assemble clock.

About Krink Paint Markers, Judi says. “They are fabulous, totally opaque colors and were fun to use…”

TIP: Substitute any brand of paint pen that gives opaque color, or use acrylic paint and a brush if you prefer!

For Krink Paint Markers: www.krink.com

Here are some great close ups of the graffiti:

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