This “Birch Leaf” placemat from Pier One Imports is almost my last placemat makeover and I think it is perfect for over the mantle in a cozy mountain cabin!
It took me about three hours of adjusting colors and printing out the tree slice clip art image I got for free when I Googled “clip art tree slice”. It turns out all grays are not equal and it finally dawned on me to add green into the mix to get a matching tree ring for the clock face and numbers.
Step One: Print out the images on regular printer paper.
Step Two: Cut out foam board for the clock face and numbers. HINT: use one of the tree slice numbers as a pattern for the foam board.
Step Three: Use Mod Podge to attach the clock face and numbers to each piece of foam board.
Step Four: Use gray acrylic paint to cover the edges of the foam core.
Step Five: Use hot glue to attach the clock face and numbers. HINT: don’t put hot glue in the center of the clock face because it will make it impossible to put the clock movement in later.
Step Six: cut a piece of foam board to fit the back and glue it to the placemat.
Step Seven: Working in the center of the clock face, use an awl to punch a hole for the clock movement and enlarge it with a pencil so the clock movement will fit.
This has been a fun project making all the placemat clocks and they have turned into OOAK special pieces of art!
Thanks Pier One Imports for all the inspiration!!!!