Good morning my friends and a VERY happy Friday!!!
I’m over-the-moon excited to be teaming up with some fabulous bloggy friends to bring you another #DIYMonthlyChallenge!
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again … I am absolutely blown away by the creativity that surrounds me! There are just SO many amazing, talented bloggers sharing their creative ideas with the world and inspiring us all to carry on it with it & make it our own! One of my very favorite parts about blogging (aside from the amazing community of friends of course) is how so many of us can start from the same place, with the same product or the same inspiration, but end up with something SO completely different. In fact, sometimes we even surprise ourselves as our vision evolves into something unexpected. Well my friends, today the challenge continues! Not only am I excited to share what I created for today’s challenge, but I’m absolutely dying to see what these other creative and talented ladies came up with too!!!
We’ve had SUCH a great response from our readers that we’ve decided to make things official … we’ll be challenging one another on the second Wednesday of each and every month to start from the very same place, but create something totally unique!
Now, as you may have noticed, we’ve decided to get creative with wood slices this month. From the very moment that wood slices were suggested, I had a gagillion (hmmmm, spell check is telling me I’ve spelled that wrong, but I can’t seem to find a correction … weird!) ideas about what I could make! In fact, I had the hardest time in the world deciding which one to try, but in the end, I decided I loved the very first one to pop into my head way too much to not share today! Though, don’t think the rest haven’t made their way onto my ever growing crafty list! So, here it is friends: my DIY Wood Slice Chalkboard Clock!
The very first step was painting a coat of primer over the wood and then a couple of coats of chalkboard paint. Let me be straight with you though, I was completely out of primer and driving 30 minutes to the hardware store and back hardly seemed worth it for this little project, so instead, I painted 4 coats of chalkboard paint just to extra safe! I just free-handed it all with a foam brush a 1/2 inch or so in from the edge of the wood to better show off the rustic wood edge. The final step with any chalkboard project is to season it by rubbing some chalk over the entire surface. I won’t even pretend to understand the science behind this, but I do know that this is vital in prepping the chalkboard properly!
Once everything was dry, it was time to turn it into a clock. I purchased a simple clock kit during that same trip to Michaels (much like this one). After drilling a whole in the center of my wood slice, I put together the clock parts as per the instructions on the back. I was actually pleasantly surprised with how easy it was, I had been expecting a bit of a fight with this part for some reason. Who knew putting together a clock was SO easy?!
Finally, to dress things up a bit, I added some doodles with my favorite chalk pens. This is the part I didn’t quite think through – I had a tough time drawing anything remotely pretty while trying to work around the clock hands on the front, not to mention how impossible it was to balance on the table with the clock mechanism on the back. So, I quickly and carefully pulled it all apart, drew my pretty little laurel wreath and then pieced it all back together. I would strongly suggest finishing up your drawing or numbers on the front BEFORE adding the clock parts to your wood slice – you’ve been warned!!!
Lessons learned the (not so) hard way aside, I am absolutely thrilled with how it turned out in the end!
Now, follow the links below to see what these other creative gals came up with for their wood slice projects!
Wishing you SUCH a lovely weekend!!!