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Bear Graphic Created by (very Talented) Laura Duty
Make Your Own Personalized
You'll Need the following:
9" Clock (Any brand will do,
but you can purchase "Mainstays" at wal-mart for about $3. each
Cardstock ( I prefer 110 lb
Index Stock) Although for a glossy effect I've also used Photo
Clip Art/ Scanned Photos & Graphics
that you might like to use
Ideas: wallpaper to match
current decor; photos of your kids for a gift clock to relatives
that are far away, photos of pets, your kids favorite cartoon
characters or book characters, etc.
Step #1: Remove the batteries from your clock & then very
carefully remove the face of the clock. To do this without
scratching the face, simply place a paper towel over the face & very
gently loosen the areas the have tabs inside. (In Mainstays Clocks
the 3 tabs are located at the 12, 4 & 8 o'clock positions)
Step #2: You must remove the hands (Pay close attention to
the order they are stacked on the rod.) and set them gently on a
firm surface, be sure that you don't flip them or your clock may not
work. Set the face aside (you can use it later to gauge the size of
the hole in the center.)
Step #3: Using your favorite graphics program, open a blank
page & create a circle the size of your clock. (In this case, we're
using a 9 inch clock so the face diameter is actually 6.75 inches).
Fill in the color of your choice, adding the graphics and name as
desired to personalize your clock. This is the most time consuming
part of your project
Step #4: Print & Cut out your clock on your cardstock or
photo-paper. Be sure to allow it to dry completely so it doesn't
Step #5: Flip it over, graphics
side down. Place your old clock face on top, making sure it is even and
using a pencil, make a dot to mark the middle. Punch out the middle.
Step #6: Place the face you
created onto the clock, over the center rod. (I prefer to glue the face down
using a glue stick, but that's entirely optional). Reassemble the hands, pop the
face back on & you're all Set!
You Have Just
Created an easy, inexpensive, personalized gift!
Additional Gift Ideas:
Create a clock as an addition to a gift
Add photos of your kids/Family to
give to relatives that live far away.
Personalize your clock according to recipients Hobbies, Work,
Occupation, Interests, Sports, etc.
Additional Tips & Ideas
To Make a very small clock, use one of
those annoying free CD's (from companies begging for you to use
their service <G>) They are perfect size for bedside or Mantle. They
can easily be hung or placed on a shelf with a stand. You can attach
a hanger with hot glue or super glue. You can purchase "replacement"
clock hands & battery holder at any hardware store for about $2-4.
Depending on the size.