Let me just start by saying I LOVE CARDBOARD! Really, truly. It has been my go-to favorite medium for crafts and design. I have made several art pieces as well as furniture pieces andthe options are endless.
For the Craft Segment on the show, I revived my cardboard clock making skills and came up with some fun new designs to show on Studio 5. It’s always a fun “time” on Studio 5 with Brooke Walker. (Love her!)
To purchase the clock face, check out my Etsy shop.
The instructions in a pdf format for a 30.75″ clock frame are listed below.
The original cardboard clock design, as featured on the Studio 5 House Crash (see here) came about several years ago when my husband was still in school and we were in that stage of life where every penny went toward tuition and living expenses and my home decor budget was nonexistent.I just loved all of the large scale clocks that were in the decorating stores but knew their hefty price tags weren’t an option so I set about to create my own. At the time I didn’t own a single power tool so I knew wood was out but with cardboard the possibilities were there. All I needed was a cutting mat and my exacto knife.
By layering varying sizes of cardboard rings and creating fine details with the raised pieces, I was able to create a frame that mimicked the look of a worn wood. To cover tell-tale edges of the cardboard I used a glue wash and tissue paper. After a few coats of paint, some metallic dry brushing, and sealing, the over all look came together and it has been a show piece in my home ever since. I can’t ever resisted telling people what it is made of, because they never believe it.
With this revival of cardboard clocks, I have come up with several new designs and a WAY easier way to get a cute and precisely marked clock face. I am selling several different clock face designs in my Etsy shop and for a limited time I have the clock frame instructions in printable form below:
(makes at 30.75″ Diameter Clock)
Nautical Clock Instructions:
Clock face art is for sale at Craft Remedy’s Etsy shop
Nautical Clock Paint Finish-
To capture the weathered look for the Nautical clock I used a combination of paint techniques. First I primed and painted the clock in a two tone of white and gray areas. Then I did a wash with a watered down wood stain with a piece of polyester pillow fill, wiping away the excess. Additional stain was added with a dry brush. Finally it was finished off with black and red paint applied by stamping portions of broken sticks and twigs all over the edges of the clock’s surfaces to give it a worn look.