8.26.2010

Frugal Friday~

Hello All! Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

Today I'm sharing a project that I've wanted to get done for a long time now. Time zone clocks for Mr. One's Tween Room!

The thing that has been holding me back is the actual expense of wall clocks. I know there are less expensive clocks to be found...but when you have to buy 3 of them, it adds up. So I kept looking. Then the other day, I found myself in IKEA and I ran across these wall clocks for only $1.99 each. Yup! You heard me right. $1.99 each.




Trouble is, they were white. And I really wanted black clocks.

Hello, spraypaint. (Am I a DIY blogger, or am I a DIY blogger?) The answer was obvious.

I taped up the clock faces so that they wouldn't end up black. This was a little time consuming, but needed, of course.


Then I used Krylon Fusion spraypaint since the clock rims were plastic.



It took about 4 light coats to cover completely, but that stuff dries fast...and I mean fast! So it didn't take long. (I was not compensated in any way for mentioning Krylon.)






Then I used my Silhouette Digital Cutter to cut out the names of three cities (by the way, there's still time to enter my giveaway for a Silhouette of your own...just click here). We chose large cities in states where we have family - and our own state, of course. I like the fact that it's a bit more personal than just choosing random cities.



After all the prep work was complete, I just measured, marked, and hung the clocks. Then I used a level to make sure I got the city names straight underneath each clock. That's it. Easy-peasy. And So Ca-uute.


Okay, looking at this photo...it looks like the Boston clock is set for 2:00...that's due to a reflection cutting off the end of the long hand....yeah, we lived in Massachusetts for the last 7 years...I *do* know what time zone it's in, I promise. ;-)



Now it's your turn.

You know "da rules"!

1. Please link directly to your post and not just to your blog.
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20 comments:

Love the Decor! said...

I have a lot of clocks in my home and I love this idea
Hooray for spray paint!!!

the cape on the corner said...

what a great idea! i love that.

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

I love the Time Zone clocks!! What a great idea, thanks!
And thanks for hosting! ;)

Julie said...

Cute clocks! Thanks for hosting!

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

Cute, cute, cute!! They look so much better in black! Such a great project idea for a guy's bedroom. Thanks so much for hosting this fun party!

Maxabella said...

These look so great! Well done. What a bargain. Very Frugal Friday indeed. x

Mandi said...

Oh I love that! I have considered doing the time zone clocks forever, too! I just don't have a place for them.

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

I am a total newbie and figured out how to link to one "show and tell" but can't seem to link back to you. Help!!!!! Thanks!

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Great project, thanks for hosting!

Lindsay said...

What a cute idea Wendy. So creative, you always inspire me!!

AmericKim said...

I love this idea. I am a Texan living in Australia. It can get very confusing at times. Please visit my blog (it's about an American DIYer living in Australia).

Cheers!
AmericKim

Cap Creations said...

Your clocks are awesome! Thanks for hosting!!

Saraccino said...

You never can have enough clocks! And if you have a lot of clocks I think they all should show a different time ^^ so I really like the idea of personalized time zones!

*realizing that she don't have enough clocks...*

paige said...

fantastic idea wendy!!
love the final product
xo

Sourkraut said...

I've seen clocks like that in catalogs for a lot of $$ and wanted them. Yours look just as lovely and are a real bargain to boot!

Sarah @ Sugar Bananas! said...

Very cute clock project! I've yet to use Krylon for plastic but I hear it works very well. Thanks for hosting. Happy Friday to you :)

~Sarah

Anna Sams said...

Thanks for hosting the party! I love this idea... especially since I am doing mission work in Haiti and could follow the time zone there... my family would like that too.. Thanks! Anna Sams @ Moon River.....

Cristin@ Serendipity said...

Love it...and the fact that you picked places that are important to you!

AliLilly said...

WOW Wendy!! Those look great!!! Thanks for hosting again!!!

I am doing a giveaway! You should come check it out!!

http://alililly.blogspot.com/2010/08/whoo-hoo-100-followers-giveaway.html

Sharstin said...

those look fabulous! awesome diy!