Aren’t you so excited?
What you need to get started:1. Your favorite photo (or just one you really like) I was fortunate to have photos that Camilla actually took for me as well as my sister’s engagement photos that Camilla took as well. (I’m telling you….she is talented!)
2. Mod Podge
3. Paint that matches your photo, or a color that contrasts to add a definite border around the clock as well as covers the raw wood.
4. Clock parts (We went to the DI and Salvation Army and bought clocks and took them apart. Good in theory, but some of them didn’t work. I suggest buying new ones. Camilla found a four pack at Hobby Lobby for $14.99 and used a 40% off coupon)
5. MDF board. We used 1/8 inch MDF that was 2 feet by 4 four feet and only cost $2.63. I had the Home Depot guys cut it down for me. For this project, we made our clocks 16X16 inches, so we were able to cut three from one board. We decided to buy two full boards so that we could make them as gifts but only had them cut to 12X12″ (you can get 8 out of the board then).
Let’s get started!So this post will be a bit back and forth, so that was Jonie, and now this is Camilla. To edit the pictures I used photoshop CS4. I simply uploaded a picture file and pasted it into a ‘new’ image that was sized to 16×16 inches and 300 ppi. I also uploaded a template of a clock and used it as a pattern to make sure that I was placing my numbers or markers in the right places. I added some words to the image, and some brush strokes of florals for mine and Jonie’s sister. I wanted to keep them pretty simple, but you can use textures if you want as well that also add some flare. Once it was how I wanted I flatened the image and then pasted it onto a 16×20 file size, because that is what Sams prints. Then I just cut the excess later with scissors. This can all be done on photoshop elements as well, and if you don’t have photoshop, I hear Picnik.com is a great photo editing site. And if you just want to bag that all together, then I would reccomend just sending a favorite picture to Sams or Cosco (they will do a 12×12) and cropping it onto your board. Then you can use vinyl, stickers, or a stencil for the numbers and name. Some clock kits even come with numbers as well.
Back to Jonie! So after all of the prep work is done, you start by cutting your image to size and take a picture of your incredibly talented, cute and pregnant crafter in crime. (Camilla: haah RIGHT.)Then you will need to paint the edges of the board so that when the photo is on it there is no raw wood showing through.After the paint is dry (very important step) completely cover the wood in mod podge and then attach the photo. The best way to get rid of those bubbles without ruining your photo is to place something between your hand and the photo that won’t stick. We used parchment paper.Once the mod podge is set, cover the top of the photo in mod podge. It will look really scary, but it WILL dry clear….as long as you use mod podge and not paint. if you use paint, then I can’t promise anything. Here are some more of the clocks that we did. Camilla did some that were a simple subway art for her mom and mom in law. I love the way they turned out too.
This one is going to take a little more work to finish it because of how dark it is, but I will show you in another post what I do to it. (Camilla: I’ll be sure to link over to Jonie because I’M SURE it’s gonna be awesome) 🙂Let the mod podge dry and then it is time to drill holes for the clock parts to go through. We measured from corner to corner on both side and marked the middle. If you go both ways, there should be an X where the hole should go.
Camilla: Also, the clock sets I bought included a hang up on the back which is super handy because the board is so light. You can also use a picture easel which is equally as cute.
Jonie: After the hole is drilled, put the clock together and take a good look at all your hard work. I made this one for my sister who just got married Nov. 20th.