Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Holiday Clock

Sometimes the thing you need the least, can be something you enjoy the most.

Did I need a holiday clock on the kitchen counter?  Nope.  But boy does it make me happy every time I see it!

After making a gingerbread cake with Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa gingerbread mix (yum), it was impossible for me to throw away this box. It's just too cute! 

In fact, before I baked the cake, I liked how the box looked sitting on the counter building some anticipation.

I don't see this exact box available on the Barefoot Contessa website, but any of the boxes would make super cute clocks!

To make this project, you will need a box, an inexpensive clock movement (I find them at craft stores), scissors, strong tape, a pen and a battery.  That's it! 

Open box.
With a pen, mark on the box where the clock center should be.
Poke a hole (as large as the clock mast that will poke through) on that spot with scissors.
Open the clock movement package and determine with parts stay in the box (battery, mast, washer) and which parts go on the face of the clock (hands, washers)
Put battery into clock base.
Put clock base into box and poke mast through hole.
Attach clock hands etc. (in proper order, see clock packaging) on face of clock.
Screw pieces on, as directed.
Set time by gently spinning hands clockwise.
Determine if clock base inside box needs a piece of tape to secure it.  Can't hurt.
Tape top of box closed and enjoy!

Do you have a cute box left over from your holiday baking?  Turn it into something wonderful!  Thanks, Ina, my holiday kitchen looks adorable!


Elaine said...

What a great (and sounds easy) project.

Anne Reeves said...

YOu should try it, Elaine. It is so fun!

Anonymous said...

On there is a great article on the Barefoot Contessa. I watch her all the time and I love how easy she makes everything look. I would love to be a lunch or dinner guest at her house- I would also like to be a guest of Martha:)

Anne Reeves said...

Me too! Thanks for the info, Darcell. Ina and Martha are pioneers!