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Make your own Large Decorative Clock

Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Tutorial for making your own clock
Enjoy crafting at home!

This is a large decorative wall clock.  It takes about 2 hours to assemble and only cost me about $20 to make.

What you need: large square (or circle) board, clock movement and hands, 12 wooden furniture buttons, wood glue or hot glue, black cardstock paper, 2 d-rings with screws and metal wire (picture hanging kit), sand paper and spray paint (optional).

Tools: jigsaw, drill and drill bits, and screwdriver.
 The most expensive (and probably the hardest to find) item for the clock will be the clock movement and hands.  I got mine off Etsy for just under $15.  It's a high-torque clock movement with 9 5/16-inch long hands.  *You want to make sure that whatever size hands you get that they will fit on the size board you're going to use.  Double the size of your hands and add about 4-inches to figure out what size board you will need. 

My math: the hands I got were about 9 1/4-inches x 2 = 18 1/2-inches + 4-inches = 22 1/2-inches.  I went to Ikea and looked in their AS-IS department and found a cupboard face that measured 24 x 24 inches.  If you can't find anything a lumber store is always a good option.  Lowe's and Home Depot will cut a board to the size you need.
Find the center of your board and mark it.  From your center is how you'll mark each point for your wooden buttons "numbers".  I put my buttons 9 1/4-inches away from my center - the same length as my hands.  TIP: I folded a large piece of paper in-half and then folded it in thirds again and held it up against the center-line of my clock to help assist me in marking where to put my buttons.

With a drill bit the same diameter as the base of your buttons, drill into your marks about 1/8-inch (this will make it so you can push the bottom of your buttons into the wood later).

 Drill a large hole into the center of your clock.  Put the threaded shaft of the movement through the center hole and trace around the black box and add a little extra to give yourself a margin to make sure the box will fit once you've cut out the square hole.  Drill a hole in each corner and then use your jig-saw to cut each side of the box.

On the back of your clock drill holes for your 2 d-rings.  I put mine 4-inches down from the top and 4-inches away from the sides.  Attach one end of the wire to one d-ring by twisting the end around itself, stretch the wire to the other side and cut the wire wire 3-inches past the second d-ring and twist the end around itself to hold.
Glue each of your buttons into your 12 shallow holes.

 I spray painted my clock so the buttons would match and then sanded the edges of my board and the buttons to give it a worn look.

With your cardstock, cut a circle large enough to cover the hole in the center of your clock.  I used a glass cup to trace my circle.  Punch a hole in the center.  You could also use something around your house that is the right size.  I just happened to have a flat black circle lying around that I used.

Lastly, you'll put your clock movement and hands on.  Put the black box in the opening.  Make sure the top of your black box matches up with the top of your clock (the top should be where you have your d-rings).

Place your black circle on top, the black rubber circle that came with your clock parts, and then the washer and bolt.

Slide your hour hand on first and then put the minute hand on and secure it with the small end-bolt that came with your parts.

Find a stud in your wall to put a 2-inch screw in to hang your clock.

Family Silhouettes

Friday, September 9, 2011
I always remember seeing in my Grandma's house silhouette pictures of her kids hanging up in oval frames.  It must have been popular back then.  I saw on a lady's blog a picture of her family in modernized silhouettes - just couldn't resist!


 This is what I came up with for our wall.  I ended up not putting mine and Kevin's pictures up... maybe in our room.

Make your own Chandelier out of Clothes Hangers!

Saturday, August 27, 2011
Tutorial for making your own chandelier (out of clothes hangers)
Enjoy crafting at home!

This chandelier is not only unexpected but it looks cool too!
 What you need: bike rim and outer gear (adult sized), 36 wooden hangers, 6 ft of chain, cord for light, 73 zip ties, 2 large c-hooks, spray paint (optional), and thin wire (optional).
I got this idea online and about a week later I found an old rusty bike by the dumpster.  I was so excited! 

I wanted my bike rim/gear and hanger hooks to match so I spray painted them.
I hung the bike parts from a tree using fishing line.
 The hangers were already covered in plastic when I bought them so I just taped the top to avoid painting the wood.
 If your rim has 36 spoke holes, but a zip-tie in every 12th hole (so you have 3 evenly spaced) from the inside-out.
Attach hangers to each zip-tie.  If your hangers are shaped inward, MAKE SURE your hangers are laying the same way so they fit together smoothly.  TIP: don't tighten them all they way until the end.
 Next, zip-tie the top of the hangers to your gear so they're evenly spaced.  Find items to put in the center to hold the gear up at the right height while you're working. 
After I zip-tied all my hangers to my gear I decided the hangers weren't laying flat very well because of the 4 areas on the gear that stuck out into the center (it made the hangers pull in different directions).  In the end I decided to string wire through each hanger and around the gear to attach them and clipped off the zip-ties when I was done. I also pushed the hangers to the opposite side beause they layed flat better that way. 
 Here is what it turned out to look like using the wire.  Once I got the hangers to lay how I wanted them I tightened all the zip-ties and trimmed them.

For the chain I attached 3 links to each of the 4 points on the gear and then attached the main chain to all 4 pieces.  I doubled up the main chain link (where all links attached together) to make sure everything was secure.
I attached the wire of my light to the chain using a zip-tie and hung the chandelier with a large c-hook and a smaller one in the corner of the room to hold the wire up along the ceiling.  Because our ceilings are so low I couldn't have it hang any lower, but I think it would look really cool to have the chain longer from the ceiling if possible (that's what the 5' of chain is for).

Pallet Wood turned Center Piece

Saturday, August 13, 2011
I was browsing Etsy a few weeks ago and came across a lovely wooden planter someone had made out of old barn wood.  Since then I had been itching to make my own.  Much to my surprise, one day I found a wooden pallet in the dumpster.  I asked Kevin to get it out for me which he so kindly did.  The wood was really rough and I also wondered how I would make the 45-degree corners with just our jigsaw.  Well... it was possible!

I turned this beast:

Into this beauty:

While I'm talking about projects: we bought 2 little used (and nearly broken) oak kids chairs.  I went to the hardware store and got me some screws, paint, stain and lacquer.  I reinforced the chairs with screws (plus I liked the added detail), then I sanded the chairs, painted them, sanded them, did a second coat of paint, sanded the edges down to soak up the stain, then I hammered screws onto the surface of the wood to give it a unique-antique look, then I rubbed stain all over them (only to realize it wasn't the kind of stain I'm used to and that it gave it a much dirtier look.. but oh well), then I sanded AGAIN and I still need to put the lacquer on.  Nonetheless... here's what they turned out to look like:

Yay for projects!

Make your own fabric headband!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Tutorial and pattern for making your own fabric headband.
Enjoy crafting at home!
These headbands are not only cute but they're easy to make and you'll be able to put some of those fabric scraps to use!

What you need: 1/4 yd main fabric, 1/8 yd fabric for flower, scraps for leaves, double-sided fusible interfacing (optional), thread, scissors, pins and a sewing machine.

Download and print pattern here.  Match green dotted/dashed line for headband and tape together.  Cut pattern pieces out for headband and leaf. 

Iron on a strip of fusible interfacing to wrong side of fabric for leaves (optional) and trace leaf over interfacing 3 times.  Cut out.

Place pattern piece for headband on fold of fabric.  Cut out.  If you didn't do previous step for leaves, cut 3 leaf pieces out now. Rip a strip of fabric for the flower measuring 2-inches by 22-inches.

Finish the long edges of your headband by first folding the raw edge over 1/4-inch and then another 1/4-inch.  Stitch close to edge.

Finish short ends the same as the longer edges.

Fold headband in half lengthwise and match up with pattern piece for proper leaf placement.

If you're using fusible interfacing, iron leaves in place.

Stitch around each leaf close to edge.

For flower, fold end of fabric under about 2 inches.

Fold long end of fabric back over itself on an angle.

Continue to fold the long end over itself turning clockwise.

Once you've made almost a full circle, narrow your strip by bunching it together as you turn.

Continue wrapping your strip in a circle motion around your flower - each layer being added to the outside of the flower.. making it bigger with each turn.

Once you reach the end of your fabric, tuck it under your flower.

Very carefully transfer your flower over to your headband and pin in place.

Stitch over flower layers starting on the outer edge and making a few turns around the outer 'petals'.  Make a few short stitches in the center to tack down fabric.


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