Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Math Lover's Clock

It took Sherry and Katie's Pinterest challenge to get me off my rear and finally post a new project! A friend of mine who is a math teacher showed me this adorable clock she got for her classroom. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was a great DIY project and pinned an image I found online. This project is actually very timely for this time of year - great for teacher gifts, graduation or simply any math lover that you know. I actually plan to give this to my dad for father's day so Dad, if you're reading this, now would be a good time to stop!

These are the supplies I bought for the project - 10" wooden circle, clock mechanism, black craft paint and a white paint marker. (FYI, the wooden circle is sold right below the clock mechanism in Michael's and it's perfect because there's already a circle drilled through the center.)

First thing is to paint the wooden circle. I used a 1" foam craft brush and did two coats.

While I painted the back and the edges, I stuck a pencil through the center hole to hold it up. You need to paint the back because the clock mechanism (where the battery goes) sticks out a little which prevents the clock from sitting flush against the wall.

The next step was the most time consuming and that was recreating the math problems in Illustrator. If anyone is interested in a pdf of the file, please feel free to drop me an email. I printed it out exactly to size and then then taped the papers together.

Before I taped it to the clock, I shaded the back of it over the areas I would want to transfer - think old school transfer paper!

Then I just traced over each number and it appeared lightly on the clock face.

I used the white paint marker to pretty much color in the lines and then followed the directions on the clock mechanism to put it all together.

I love that it has a chalkboard feel to it! This is also perfect for a home-school classroom.

Are there any math lovers in your life?

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  1. Looks great! :) How did you come up with the math problems?

    1. If you click on the original pin, you'll see where I got the equations from.

  2. My inner nerd is LOVING this project...definitely can envision this in a future kid's room! Love it!

  3. Oh my goodness!! I love this. Like love love love love love this! It is so clever and so fun and just, so amazing!

  4. Oh my goodness this is so neat!! I love how well it turned out too, it looks so professional.

  5. ooh, nice! My son has a similar clock that we bought for him a few years ago....great idea to make your own!

  6. Love, love, love! I have been coveting that clock for several years. I don't know why I didn't ever think to just make it myself!

    ~em @ small girl, big world

  7. How fun! Pinned this... might have a future math friend who'd like this as a gift. =) ~M.

  8. This is awesome.. I love the equations.. I actually took a moment to mentally solve all of them.. ;)

  9. So I'm definitely NOT a math lover but I'm going to be making this for my friend that teaches advance high school math! She'll love it. So clever!!!

  10. This is very awesome! I liked it very much.Keep good work in the blog and update more things regularly.

    Buzz Deli

  11. Amazing and very very interesting...