Wooden numbers, “1” through “12”
I’m one of those people who likes to fool other people. I want them to think that I spent a fortune on a party, even though I didn’t, and I’m that way about many things. I do tricks to make it look like I have a huge wardrobe, and I even try to make people think the clocks in my house are much more expensive than they are. Are you the same way? Do you want to impress but spend little money? Buy a cheap clock, give it a quick make-over, and you’ll have people thinking that you have a larger income than you do!
A simple clock, such as one that you would see in a classroom, is the perfect choice. You can make that round clock look huge and spectacular by giving it a make-over. You don’t have to disassemble the clock so don’t worry that you’ll spend a huge amount of time to change the clock.
Put down some news paper and lay the clock on it. Put down some more paper and use it to paint wooden numbers. Purchase five 1’s, two 2’s, and a 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and a 0, in wooden numbers. They should be fairly large and not too flat. You’ll find them at a craft store in a variety of sizes and types; choose the ones that will work well for the size of clock that you have. The best look is often created when you use different sizes of numbers.
When you buy wooden numbers at a craft store they’re almost always natural. That is, they haven’t been painted or stained. Paint them to match the clock: black letters for a black clock, white letters for a white clock, or create your own color scheme.
Lay the numbers on the table around the clock so that you can decide on placement for them. Start by making a “12” at the top of the clock, and gluing those two numbers against the clock. Don’t worry if the numbers aren’t too steady yet. Hot glue works well to continue gluing on the numbers. You can do any number of designs but one cool frame is done by gluing some numbers outside of the others. For instance, glue the two and the four beside the actual numbers on the clock, and then glue the three outside of the two and the four.
As you attach the numbers to the clock, also attach them to each other, using plenty of hot glue. After it all sets, further secure the numbers by putting more hot glue on the backside of the clock. Hang it and you’ll be amazed at how much larger and how much more substantial it is.