Sunday, December 11, 2011

Day 1 Photo Clock-10 Days of Christmas Gifts

We are so excited to bring you 10 days of inexpensive and quick gift ideas, today's idea is a Photo Clock. I have made a bunch of these for presents over the years- they are always a hit.
Supply List: Clock from Ikea (just like the clock shown) $1.99 - can you believe they are so inexpensive?

1 sheet of 12 x 12 Patterned Paper

1 sheet of 12 x 12 Cardstock- you don't need an entire sheet, you can just use scraps

Sticker numbers or use Cricut or other die cut machine to cut numbers

Misc. Embellishments- Rub Ons for outside of clock edge, ribbon or trim to decorate clock face, silver paint pen to paint clock hands, sticker quote or printed quote to add to clock face.

2 feet of ribbon to hang (optional for hanging)

Tools: Cropadile (I punched holes in the outside of my clock and hang with a ribbon-you could skip this step)

This is how I created the clock above, you can personalize yours however you like.

1. Gently pry off the clock front. Carefully pull off the clock hands.

2.Use Silver or gold paint pen to paint second hand. Set aside.
3. Use clock face to trace circle on patterned paper and cut out.
4. Use old clock face to mark position of center hole and number placement. Use anywhere hole punch or scissors to make center hole.
5. Figure out photo placement, mat with textured cardstock and adhere-make sure that edges are firmly secured.

6. Print quote on cardstock or clear sticker paper, add quote to background paper, smear white paint onto quote area if paper is too dark. Make sure that the paint is completely dry before you adhere quote.
7. Mark position of numbers using old clock face. Add numbers.
8. Add embellishments to clock face- remember that the hands need to be able to move on top of anything that you place on the clock face.
9. Use cropadile to punch two holes for ribbon hanger in clock frame.
10. Add rub ons on outside of clock frame or onto lens over clock face.
11. Layer clock hands back onto motor. Snap lens back on front of clock.

Here is another version of the same size clock that I made using different supplies. I added flowers and brads around the edges to mark the hours where I didn't use numbers.

To use the quote, right click on it with your mouse and select "save pictures as". Save it on your computer and you can print it just like any photo or image.

Here are some samples of photo clocks that I found online for some additional inspiration. They are all from the 2 Peas in a Bucket gallery and I have had them saved for so long I don't remember who the original artists are. They have some different ideas for photo placement.

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