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Archive for July, 2012

Large Family-Style Wall Clock

A while ago, I found this picture on Pinterest and I fell in love with it! I knew that I wanted to make a similar one and that it would fit perfectly on my blank kitchen wall. Unfortunately the pin takes you right to a picture and not to a website with any sort of instructions. Even after Googling around I couldn’t find anything else connected with that picture so I knew I was on my own.

Ingredients:
12 photos, any size you like
12 frames, any type you like
Clock hands, any size or style you like
Battery pack
Mounting cup that fits your clock hands
Sticker wording
Battery

The first issue I tackled was finding the clock hands. After much searching, I finally found http://www.norkro.com/ which sells large hands with the battery pack as well as mounting cup. This one was perfect, it had everything that I needed! There was a delay in the delivery of it though. The mounting cups were on back order (which wasn’t brought to my attention until after I purchased it) so it took about a month to receive them.

While I was waiting for the hands to come in, I got working on the rest of it. The husband and I decided to go with simple black frames that would put all of the focus on the photos, with 8x10s for the 3, 6, 9, 12 o’clock positions and 5x7s for the rest. We found some cheap frames at Walmart that were just what we wanted. The small ones were around $3 each and the larger were around $5. Unfortunately I didn’t realize until later that the frames didn’t have any hooks for hanging. We grabbed some hooks at Walmart, about $1 for 5, and I hammered them on the back of the frames, making sure they were centered. Easy!

The next step was picking photos. This was probably the hardest part! I decided to use only horizontal photos to make the clock look symmetrical. Also, I knew that I wanted to do some older pictures mixed in with newer pictures so I went through my parents’ and the husband’s parents’ photo albums and picked out a bunch I liked. (The hubs told me he didn’t care about the pictures so he had no input.) Then I went through some newer ones and picked some favorites. I narrowed them down to 12 (obviously) with 8 old and 4 newer ones. After scanning the old ones, I decided which to make 8×10, waited for one of my usual photo printing companies to email me a deal, and ordered them! (I normally use Shutterfly, Snapfish, or Clark Color. It depends on who is running the best deal, if it’s free shipping, a percentage off, or free prints.)

Once they came in, I stuck them in their frames and figured out which photo should be which number. Two of my kitties decided to help. By this time the hands were in so I really got a sense of how it would look.

My original inspiration picture has the phrase “Time spent with family is worth every second”. I knew that I wanted to include this but decided to add “and friends”. Some day I might want to swap out the current photos for ones that include friends, and hey, aren’t my family members my friends as well?

After more Googling, I found http://wordsanywhere.com/, which let’s you completely customize any type of lettering. They had lower prices than other sites and their customization center was really easy to use! After much deliberation, I decided on 3″ letters and the font “Seventeen”.

Once the sticker was ordered and received it was time to get everything on the wall!

The hubs helped me with (some of) the hanging part. We started with the hands which was the easy part. We centered it vertically and horizontally on the wall. Simple!

I promise that our walls aren’t this ugly color! In real life, they’re a bright yellow.

Once the hands were up we measured a foot out from the base and hung the 8x10s. Make sure you account for where the hook is on the frame and then figure out your measurement! It took us a few minutes to remember to do that.

After you have those up, move onto the 5x7s. Figure out how far out you want them and continue that around the clock.

Once they’re all up, erase all of your pencil marks (I had a ton!) and straighten all the pictures.

Ta-da!!

I asked my dad to help me with the sticker part because he has a great eye for spacing and keeping things centered. We followed the directions that came with the sticker and here is the finished product:

I don’t know about you but I love it!! (Too bad 4 o’clock isn’t straight in that picture.) The font isn’t too bold and the size of the lettering is just right. It doesn’t distract from the photos, but adds to it.

I hope this gives many other people the inspiration to do something exciting on a blank wall in their house!

-KC