Do you ever have a project in mind, thinking, I am gonna knock this out in a day and its going to be the easiest and most awesome project!!...

A TISKET A TASKET, A CLOCK FROM A BASKET

Do you ever have a project in mind, thinking, I am gonna knock this out in a day and its going to be the easiest and most awesome project!!?? Well, this was one of those projects! 

The concept was simple. Take an old thrifted basket and turn it into a clock! I had the basket, check! The paint, check! And the Clock Kit, Check! Sounds like a no brainer! Until I opened the clock kit. 





Turns out the clock kit I bought was meant for the wall. Meaning, the numbers inside were vinyl stickers. Oh crap, I thought, how do I remedy this? I can't stick these things on a textured basket, it will look awful. Then I remember a material I used to use in school to make models, BALSA wood! Yes, balsa wood. This stuff is awesome. You can cut it with an X-Acto knife! So, that is just what I did!


I adhered the numbers one at a time on the balsa wood and began to cut them out by hand! By the time I was finished, I was pretty proud of the solution I had come up with!


Once they were all cut out, I thought they were a little boring. I didn't like how the wood showed up behind the letters. So I decided to paint the background white. Once they were painted. I put a layer of Mod Podge over them to make sure the vinyl would not lift or separate from the wood. To be honest with you, this is the first time I have ever used Mod Podge. It's AWESOME! But, you all probably already know that!


Once they were dry, I used the template provided in the clock kit to locate the placement for the numbers. Everything was going along smoothly. This is where I should have attached the hands and called it a day, but no!


I thought the numbers were to plain! I wanted to them to look more aged, more rugged, more interesting. So I started adding layers of color, Red to be exact. This did not look good! So then I painted over the red with white. It of course turned pink. Then I  painted over the "white," I mean pink, with gray. Now they looked even worse. So I found this "crackle" paint at my local hobby store. Needless to say, it looked even more inferior and of poor quality! My Clock Basket was about to become a Frisbee as I threw it out the window!! 


By this time, I have been working on it for a little over 5 days! So much for knocking it out in a day! But then I had an epiphany! I have these sticky borders I have used for scrapbooking pictures. One in particular looks like old book print. I thought, I could use this to cover up the horrible paint job and give it the rustic edge I was looking for. So I painted all the letters black again! Then I took this sticky page border stuff I had and went to work. It was quite a task to cut them out exactly, but well worth it!! I then applied another layer of Mod Podge to seal the print and voila! I am as happy as a hen in a hen house! Ha Ha


While I was out getting the Balsa wood, I stumbled upon this rooster tin! The perfect addition! I guess the moral of the story is "Everything Happens for a Reason!" If the letters weren't vinyl stickers, then I wouldn't have gotten the Balsa wood, and I wouldn't have found this great tin! If I didn't paint the numbers, then I wouldn't have used my great book page border stickers! I couldn't  be happier with it!!






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50 comments:

Kathryn said...

Wow! The clock is amazing. You are very inventive!! I found you at Debbie's Newbie party. Following now on Linky tools. :)

Would love you to pop by and visit sometime!

Kathryn@www.uglyducklingtransformations.wordpress.com

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Love everything about this. The repurposing, the colors, the design...Nicely done.

Beth F. said...

The clock looks good! What an interesting basket you found. Very neat.

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

The final result looks great. Why do projects always end up being so elaborate and difficult like that. I've had more than my share of extended projects. Glad it worked in the end.

Britt said...

Great job Jen!! I am so glad I am not the only one who runs into hiccups along the creative way! Your clock turned out awesome! What a transformation!

Debbiedoo's said...

Really!!~? That is the most clever clock I have ever seen. Looks awesome too. Adds such interest. You created an awesome conversation piece. Thanks so much for sharing with the newbie party.

Kim @ La Belle Époque said...

I love how this turned out. Awesome idea. I'm visiting from Debbie Doo's and I'm your newest follower on GFC and LF. I'm an interior designer, too. Would love the follow back if you get a chance! Hugs, Kim

Leah said...

this looks great! i love the background of a basket.

just out of curiosity: I am looking for a wall clock kit. Where did you get yours and how does it work for you? so many of the online ones have awful reviews.

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons said...

Ohmygosh I love it! Your diy clock looks more like a specialty store clock!!!! I adore that it's upcycled too! even better right!? =)

momto8 said...

fabulous!!

Vicky said...

This is just genius! I so admire the ability to look at the basket and see this possibility. I am a new Twitter follower visiting from The Girl Creative. Vicky from Mess For Less

Audrey said...

Turned out really nice. Great look. Love it. Found you at Debbie's Newbie party.
Blessings.
Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures.
http://audreyzumwalt.blogspot.com/

Tammi Evette said...

What's 5 days? It looks great and you are right all those things happened for a reason!

scrapmebaby said...

Amazing! I think all of your hard work has definitely paid off, want to make another for me? I am your next door neighbor at tips & tutes Tuesday so I thought I would come by and say hi! It's nice to "meet" you;)
Ps- consider yourself warned...mod podge is FULLY addictive!
Nicole @ scrapmebaby.wordpress.com

Samantha said...

OH My! I love you creativity. I am pinning it! Please link up to my party- “Cowgirl Up!”. It is a linked linky, so when you post it on my site, your project will appear on 4 different blogs. I know everyone will love this! Thanks for sharing! http://www.craftytexasgirls.com/2012/02/cowgirl-up-2.html

:) Samantha

S said...

Very impressive! It looks fabulous.

Full Circle Creations said...

Love you clock basket. It looks great. Your newest follower!

Holly

Kim B said...

Looks fantastic! Signing up to follow your blog, please come by and follow my blog too.
Happy Valentines Day!!! PS I have to find a basket!

May said...

I love brains like yours. To look at something and completely visualize something new...not just anyone can do that.

Eclectically Vintage said...

Worth the 5 day effort -it looks fabulous! Adding scrapbook paper makes it extra special too. Glad you didn't play frisbee with it! And thanks for the great comments you left on my kitchen reno!
Kelly

Gail said...

WOW it looks great! Thanks for the inspiration and Happy Valentine's Day, Gail

chateau chic said...

What a great clock. Your basket was the perfect backing. Love it!
I'm your newest follower, Mary Alice

Kammy's Korner said...

a basket! Who woulda thunk it?! I love originality!!! Looks great!

ღ Life According To Milo ღ said...

Great job sticking with it! Love the newspaper print with the letters. Actually, I love every part of your redo. : ).. Awesome.

Amanda Jones said...

What a smart idea to use a basket. It turned out lovely - I am visiting from Lil' Luna and I'd love if you would visit back! Have a great day!

Amanda
everycreativeendeavor.com

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

Jen! This is soooo awesome! I LOVE the addition of the book pages to the roman numerals. What a clever idea. :)
Karah

odetoinspiration said...

It looks AMAZING!! You did an exceptional job! I agree, sometimes "disasters" are for a reason..and the end result often times is the best:)

Candy said...

HOW VERY CLEVER, and looks great too. Now, I'll be looking for baskets that would work with this idea.

Found you over at Gina's Transformation Thursday and am now a follower. COME FOLLOW ME!!!

Donata @ DK's Craft Cafe said...

You did a great job!
Such a lovely piece :)
(Visiting from I Gotta Create and Linky-following you strait away!

Tricia Marie said...

I love clocks! This looks amazing.

Beth said...

It's a rare occasion that I don't have to rethink how to do one or more steps because something didn't turn out as expected. I love how your clock turned out so amazing!! Well worth the effort!!

Beth said...

I forgot to mention that I'm a Linky Follower now!

Heaven's Walk said...

What an awesome idea, Jen!!! I love this!! I had to pin it for a future project. Now I'll be keeping my eyes open for a neat basket at the Fleas this summer! :)

xoxo laurie

Sarah said...

What a smart idea! I would have never thought to do this...thanks for the inspiration!

I'm stopping over from the newbie party and I am your newest follower! (I'm number 100..congrats on 100 members!!)
I'd love for you to come check out my (newbie) blog too and follow back, if you're so inclined.

Have a wonderful night,
Sarah
www.adventuresofourfamily.com

Katie Goldsworthy said...

OMGosh! I have that same thing hanging in my kitchen! I think turning into a clock is a great idea! Looks awesome! and those big clocks are expensive!
I'm not sure what the basket really was? I heard once they were for harvesting grapes....or something like that? I even tried to google it once.

Thanks for linking up at Creatively Living!
--Katie

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

I love this and I wish I had a bigger wall! I may have to try a smaller version. Thanks for sharing the fail part too...saved me from doing that! I'm following you via Linky.

Holly Lefevre said...

This look is fabulous. I love the creativity and originality on this project. I pinned it!

Jessica Kielman said...

Absolutely amazing! I have never seen anything quite like this clock!
I am hosting my first link party today, and would love for you to add this along with anything else you like!
http://www.mom4realky.blogspot.com/2012/02/4-real-friday-link-party-1.html

Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

Hani@Craftionary said...

Wow Jen everything you make is marvelous.. I love this clock! I have already decided to feature this next week but I will have to wait.. :)
Thanks so much for linking up at Friday fun party..
Have a great weekend!

Debbiedoo's said...

I wanted to feature this today as my newbie highlights, however, your pics say I can't copy them due to copyright. People can't pin them or feature your work. As long as your photos are watermarked and linked back to your blog there should be no problem. SOrry I could not feature you, this was so awesome.

Renee @ Rustic Crafts & Chic Decor said...

This turned out SO great! I had to laugh because so many of my projects go just the way that yours did!

I just started a new themed link party for any projects that are rustic or shabby chic in style. I would love to have you share this one! - http://rustic-crafts.com/?p=5388

Kelly @ Live.Laugh.Rowe said...

Thank you so much for participating in the blog hop.
Wishing you all the best in your bloggy endeavors :)
New follower! Cheers.

Kelly
www.livelaughrowe.com

Heather Perkins said...

Oh I love your clock, this is such a neat idea. This was the top viewed link as so very creative this past week! Congratulations!!!

http://soverycreative.blogspot.com/2012/02/so-creative-party-time-25.html

{northern cottage} said...

yay! I've featured you over at NORTHERN COTTAGE today! xo xo

http://www.northerncottage.net/2012/02/party-features-22012.html

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

This turned out AWESOME!!!! I featured this cute clock on my blog just now!!! Thanks so much for sharing at my party!!! Can't wait to see what you link up this week!!! Just in case you haven't entered, my giveaway for 1000 full color business cards ends tonight at midnight!!! Glad to be following you!! XO, Aimee

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

This is so super cool! Way to persevere! I will be featuring you on Wednesday from the Kiss Me I'm Irish party over at I Gotta Create!

srpprcrftr said...

Oh I love that clock and your great garden wreath. From your garden pics it looks like that tree is what we used to call a pepper tree and I used to pick up the pods all the time when I was young trying to figure out what I could do with them.
Did a few wreaths over the years and basket arrangements with them and some of your other "stuff" from your wreath.
I lived in Tucson for 20 years and sure miss it. We were going to move back but couldn't sell our place here in Western CO for what we paid. I still have good friends there and my brother/his wife. I was there in 2008 for my 50th. high school reunion from Catalina high school.
Anyway love your designs and will look forward to seeing what you make. This was my 1st. time on your blog.

Mandy said...

LOVE your clock!!! I'd love it if you shared it at a party I have going on at Project Queen!

http://projectqueen.org/welcome-to-link-party-22-turning-the-daunting-into-the-do-able

I'm a new linky follower. Hope you follow me back.

Mandy

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Hi! I pinned this on Pinterest, posted on fb, and featured at Creative DIYers Club. Please feel free to grab the feature button :)

Isabelle Thornton said...

Wow wow!!!
Thanks for linking your creation to the French party on Monday!
XO
http://lechateaudesfleurs.blogspot.com
Come back next Monday!

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