Take a look at this clock – looks like real tile, doesn’t it? But of course, it’s made from STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. Designer Kathleen George explains exactly how to make your own Tuscan Tile Clock, right down to creating the warm, aged finish. Once you’re done, think how easy it will be to hang it on your wall, too.
To make a Tuscan Tile Clock, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12″ x 10″ x 1″ block, or a 12” x 36” x 1” sheet
- Acrylic craft paints: Ivory; dark red; dark brown; medium brown; light brown; black
- Pre-mixed spackling, or other texture medium
- Battery-powered aluminum clock movement
- Fine line permanent marker
- Sawtooth picture hanger & nails
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Serrated knife; candle stub or bar of soap; sharp pencil; ruler; wooden skewer; 1” wide putty knife; medium flat and small round paintbrushes; soft rags; small sea sponge
To make a Tuscan Tile Clock:
1. Measure and mark an 8” square on your foam sheet. Wax serrated knife with a candle stub or bar of soap. Cut out the 8” square.
2. Measure and mark four equal quadrants (4” squares) on the face of the 8” square. Using the smooth edge of the knife, widen and deepen the grooves to 1/8”. Insert a sharp pencil through center of the 8” square to create a hole for the clock movement.
3. Using the putty knife, spread an uneven layer of texture medium over entire the front and sides of the foam square – sort of like frosting a cake. A few tips:
- Use the knife tip or skewer to make cracks and pits in the surface.
- Vary natural “grain” of four squares slightly for added interest.
- Use skewer to remove excess medium from grooves and center hole.
- Let dry completely.
4. Paint the clock face ivory and let dry.
5. To “age” the finish, paint over two opposite ivory squares with thin layer of dark brown (don’t forget to paint the edges, too). Immediately wipe off the paint with a damp sponge, so only the paint in the grooves and cracks remains. Repeat with the light brown, and then with the medium brown, keeping the sponge well-rinsed between colors. For a different effect, use a soft rag to remove the paint.
6. Paint the two remaining squares with a thin layer of dark red. Immediately remove excess paint with a damp sponge, leaving more color than on previous squares. Let dry. Repeat aging with medium brown.
7. Mix a small amount of dark brown paint with a dab of black, and thin the mix with water. Use this to paint over the grooves and enhance the deeper cracks. Let dry.
8. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, insert the clock movement.
9. Apply glue to picture hanger nails, and then insert them through the sawtooth picture hanger and into the top, center back of the clock. Let glue dry.
It’s “time” to go now, and I’ll be back later this week with two more, DIY clock tutorials.