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Dec 18, 2012

Christmas Clock

You know when you have an idea in your head but just never get around to doing it? Well, that's how this project was for me. It's been on hold in my mind for a few months now. I was waiting for Christmas specifically and for the right supplies too. And funny enough, when I went to buy the charger at Michaels, I noticed a project paper for it from Martha Stewart by the paints. I guess Marth and I were on the same page! We both wanted to make clocks out of chargers for Christmas. But, I swear, my idea was independent of hers!

Anyway, this project came together so easy and took less than an hour. Die Cuts With A View has some beautiful papers out right now, including this stack, "The Traditional Holiday" available at Michaels, all printed on kraft paper. I love it! The kraft paper thing is right up my alley-vintage and homespun. The images they printed are also vintage inspired, from the wording, the images... And I love that many of the pages have gold foil on them too. So pretty!

The supplies you need are some gorgeous paper, a plastic charger (the one I bought has a designed edge which I really liked for this project), clock parts, drill, adhesive, hot glue gun, ribbon, and any other embellishments you'd like.

It's also a relatively inexpensive project, making it that much better. I started by cutting out a circle from one of the papers. The background paper I chose had some big writing on it, some in gold foil, with images of toys. I used my Silhouette machine to cut a 7.25" circle. It was slightly smaller than the space on the charger, but it was okay because I added ribbon later. Next, I found the cute image of Santa with the children on one of the papers and cut it out. Before adhering any of the papers to the charger, I adhered the Santa image to the background paper (with all the wording) so that I could cut the Santa along the right circular line. Once that was done, I used wood glue to adhere the entire thing to the charger. Yep, I used wood glue. I'm not a huge fan of modge podge for stuff like this and prefer the wood glue. I did have to keep smoothing it down a bit because the paper is thick. I allowed that to dry for 20 minutes or so and then put some small dots of hot glue around any edges that still were not down.

Once that was ready, I hot glued the ribbon down. This ribbon was also from Michaels and had some gold through the middle to match the wording. It was perfect! I just did a section at a time.

Next, I grabbed the hubby's drill, measured out the middle of the charger and marked it with an "x", and then drilled a hole. I needed to smooth some of the paper out. Once the hole was done, I added the clock parts. The clock parts I got were a 3/4" size from Michaels as well.

Finally, it needed some finishing touches. Again, I had some supplies from Michaels on hand. A gorgeous burlap flower and a burgundy felt flower from Jolee's Boutique. I cut one of the tags from my paper stack out that reads "Tis the Season to Be Jolly". I layered those babies up with some hot glue and my clock was complete! I may spray it with a matte sealer (being sure to take out the clock parts first), but we'll see.

And now my family has something perfect to enjoy Christmas "time"!