It's That Time Again

So here we are again. A whole 365 days later, and Valentine's Day still comes and goes without fail. While this craft isn't specifically related to Valentine's Day, it is still a fun project that can end up being the perfect gift for any occasion (even for that special someone!). I actually made three of these clocks and gifted them to my friends during Christmas, and they were a huge hit.

What you're going to need:

  • Chalkboard paint
  • A round wooden plank
  • A drill
  • A clock kit ( Find one here)
    • Make sure it works for the thickness of your wooden clock
    • One piece of chalk
    • One push pin
    • Ribbon

So while making your own clock may seem like an incredible feat, it is actually quite simple. To start out, drill a hole in the middle of the wooden surface. This is where you will attach the clock kit.

From there, paint the entire surface with chalkboard paint. I used two coats just to make sure I covered the whole area. If you're worried about getting paint in unwanted areas, use some painter's tape to protect the areas of these surfaces. The really cool thing about chalkboard paint is that it dries so quickly! Allow your clock to dry for about 15-20 minutes.

Once the paint has dried, you can begin assembling the clock kit. When assembling the clock, first put the rubber washer on the movement, then push the tip through the hole you made in the clock. From there, assemble the hands onto the clock. The back of the clock kit package will show you how to do this in the correct order.

Add the finishing touch by adding any sort of numbers, quotations, or designs on the clock in chalk.  Just to make things easier for myself, I tied a piece of rope to my chalk and used a push pin to attach it to the back of the clock (I tend to lose things very easily).

Voila! Happy crafting!

Photos by Lotte Hurkmans.