I don't even remember where I got the actual wood piece but it was in a clearance bin after Christmas. It had a hook in it to hang a special ornament. I just removed the hook. It's been sitting in my "to alter" bin for some time, so I finally pulled it out for this project. Many different frames and alterables would work for a project like this. You could easily put your own spin on it, so in this post I'll just share some tips I used on mine.
First of all, for projects like this I LOVE printing on watercolor paper or canvas sheets, because of the texture. It just looks great! I know your not able to see the texture from here, but trust me... it just adds so much. I just used basic water color papers (like this) for this clock project.
After I sized it to fit my opening and printed it, I traced around it and cut it out. I then mounted it on a piece of chipboard for stability ( the same size, covering the entire back opening). Before I hot glued it to the back I cut the hole for the clock workings.
Here is the 4 page Digital Download Birds and Blossoms.
I have to tell you another thing I really like about being able to print myself. I decided I wanted to print of the Pansy seed pack to add to the bottom as part of my display, but it was a bit to big. No problem. I just sized it as small as I needed it. I didn't have to print the entire sheet when all I needed was the seed pack, and... Not only that but when I printed it off I decided I wanted it to have a bit more of an "aged" look, so printed it off on an off white/ivory paper. You can see below .
The clock parts I used are from Walnut Hollow. If your not familiar with all the products this company has to offer ... check them out, I think you'll be surprised! HERE
Another little tip. I like to use grapevine, but for projects like this, I need "small pieces". I use this process for large and for small grapevine. If your doing big pieces for home décor, you will just need a large tub of water for soaking them in. For this I'll show you using one of these small little craft wreaths. Just snip and gently unwind the piece that is wrapped around, holding it all together.
Soak it for a hour or so in some water so it's pliable. It will be easier to open up without it breaking. If you are using a large grapevine wreath for decorating, I find soaking it over night and then stretching it out in the sun on my deck works great.
I hope I've shared a tip or two that might be helpful :)
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