DIY Chess Clock
A DIY chess clock is a great gift to give your chess loving kid, or keep it for yourself, it will look great in any room.
My son had his 16th birthday on Sat! Where did that time go? I am sure that all moms ask that same question, but it is so true. Time just goes too fast and when they hit 16 you know that they are almost grown. *tears* He will always be my baby, even though he is taller than me. lol.
This year I wanted to make him a gift that he would really enjoy. He loves to play chess! It is one of his favorite hobbies, so I thought a Chess Clock would be right up his alley.
- Chess pieces
- canvas board, paint
- clock kit
First thing I did was paint the canvase board in a gradient, with it being lighter in the center. I used a few of the cheap acrylic colors from the craft store. My son tends to like things on the simpler side, so I didn’t do my usual bling and mixed media. (he was grateful that I restrained, lol)
Once everything was dried add the clock kit to the center of the canvas.
For the chess pieces I added a circle of paper to the whole in the bottom. The pieces I used were just random ones that I had, no I didn’t steal any from my son, lol.
Then you glue the chess pieces to the canvas board. Try and do it in a circle. I did the best I could, but I think next time I will make a template to make it easier. But overall I think it looks great.
He loved it! I am glad that he enjoyed his gift! This would be cute with other game pieces like dominoes or checkers! Let your imagination go wild.
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Easy DIY Gift Ideas
Need a last minute gift? Here is a list of easy DIY gift ideas that will help you check everyone off your list.
Are you at a loss as to what to get or make some of the people on your list? I have the same problem, I get craft-blocked (kinda like writer’s block, but for crafting, haha) when it comes time to make a gift.
So I thought I would go back through my posts and compile and easy list for you reference, easy gift ideas at your finger tips. These gift are great not only for Christmas but for Birthdays, Easter, Weddings, House warming, and almost any occasion.
Just click on the link and it will take you the post with all the details you need to make your own DIY gifts.
- Button Magnets. Vintage buttons glued on a magnet make a really cute gift.
- Wood Burn Coaster. This gift is fun to personalize with initials or something they like. Just burn in the design, seal it and add felt and you have a gift that will be treasured.
- Gift Bag Art. There are a lot of wonderful gift bags at the Dollar Store. Just cut to size and frame and you have a gift that can fit almost any occasion
- Vases. Empty jars and beverage containers make wonderful gifts when they are all decorated with raffia, jute, flowers, and rhinestones.
- Christmas Mason Jars. These jars are a very versatile gift just by changing out the flower on top, add candy to the jar and you are good to go.
- Agate Coasters. These coasters are a beautiful addition to any home and are super easy. Just paint on the edge with a paint pen and add felt the bottom.
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Gift Idea- Mini Canvas Photo Magnets
Can you believe that Christmas is right around the corner? With Christmas so close I thought I would start showing you some easy DIY gifts.
Today I am going to show you how to make these really easy, really cute, mini canvas magnets. These are perfect for Grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends, and even for your self, lol.
- Mini canvases
- Mod Podge, brushes, scrap paper, magnet, glue
- Paint, photo
First pick up some of these adorable mini canvases. I couldn’t resist, they are so cute. At just 2″ x 2″ they are perfect for magnets.
After you are finished admiring the cuteness of the canvas paint is all in a neutral color, including the sides.
Now it is time to cut out your picture. To help with this make a template by cutting out a square in some scrap paper the size of your canvas. Then use that template to find the best image for your magnet. You may even discover that the picture you chose won’t work because it is too big or too many details get lost. (on a funny side note when my teenage son saw me doing these magnets the other day he laughed and said that he was freshly dented in that pic. He still has the scar to this day. ahhh kids, they do keep us on our toes)
Then glue the picture down using Mod Podge. You can add a layer of Mod Podge to the top if you wish. Then I sponged some of the same paint color I used previously to add a nice boarder. Glue a magnet to the back an you are done. A great gift that can be done in 10 min.
Are there any gifts that you would like me to do a tutorial for? Let’s make this a DIY holiday season!
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