Friday, September 30, 2011

GUEST POST: Delia of Delia Creates

Well, we made it to the last day of Back to School Month. I laughed....I cried (no, literally, I did cry when the HTML wasn't behaving.) I hope you all had as much fun as I did!!

I've saved Delia from Delia Creates for the end and you are all in for a real treat! Delia, unbeknownst to her, has been my virtual blogging mentor as I started my blog not long after she started hers. She is the kind of blogger I aspire to be like. She takes phenomenal photos, she explains things so clearly and she comes up with great project ideas!

Here are some Peek-A-Boo Pleated Pillow Cases:

Awesome Puppets!!

Scrumptious Cinnamon Rolls

And these Hot and Comfort Sacks (I'm definitely giving these to my kids' teachers for the holidays!)

And this was a mere fraction of what Delia has in store for you on her blog! 

Today she's sharing with you a great organization tool: a whiteboard clock!

Hi Meremade readers!

I'm Delia from delia creates, and I'm pretty darn excited to share my back to school project with you.

I don't know about you, but the start of school for us means the start of a schedule. 


It can be a struggle to get my 1st grader to manage his time, so I came up with a clock to not only help him improve his time management but also help him with learning how to tell time.

It's essentially a dry erase board turned clock.

I took a square 17x17 dry erase clock from Walmart {about $6}, and some clock hardware that I got from Hobby Lobby. I didn't like the clock hands the mechanism came with so I bought extra hands.

I measured with a ruler to find the center.

I used the smaller drill bit to drill a hole from the back to the front. This is the pilot hole. Sorry no picture.

Then I used the large drill hole from the front to the back {so the metal would look clean on top and bend into the back}. The measurements for your clock pieces should be listed on the package. Use that as a guide to decide how big of a drill bit you need to use.

I applied some vinyl numbers.

Thank you to my friend Tiffany who cut these for me for free! Which was lucky because I was starting to go way over my normal budget. : / Thanks Tiffany!

I assembled the clock as described on the clock mechanism package.

And that's it!

Easy enough?

I add my son's schedule to the clock with dry erase markers so he knows what he's supposed to do and when.

It's also great for when he doesn't believe me that it's homework time. I just say, " Check the clock." :) It reduces arguments from him - a little bit anyway. It also helps that he can read. 

If you're child can't read yet you can always draw pictures instead. 

So obviously this clock only spans 12 hours. Which means that I have to change it daily, but it's dry erase. So it's easy. And I can change it easily for when he isn't in school on the weekends.

I can write reminders on the side or even attach notes/permission slips to the clock so we don't forget them as we leave the door in the morning.

I've considered using it myself and writing down my appointments on it! Now that I'm pregnant I'm twice as forgetful. :)

I hope you are all enjoying being back in school! Thanks for having me, Jennifer!


  1. delia is just too clever, seriously!!!

  2. PERFECT! I've been looking for a clock for my office & this is IT! Thanks for hosting Delia today.

  3. Jennifer. You are so very kind. Thank you for saying those sweet things about me...and thanks for having me over!

  4. So amazing! Love this idea, thanks for sharing it!

  5. This is an amazing idea!! I am visiting from Someday Crafts and I am a new follower!
    Hope you are having a good day!

  6. what a great idea! i love it. it is so cute! would be great for my home office! :)

    i would love for you to come link up this or any other amazing project at my creativity party going on right now!

    thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Love this! So creative and practical. I love your blog!

    Your newest follower,
    (come take a look if you like)

  8. Thanks, Abby! I am now following you! Great blog!

  9. I love it! I am featuring this makeover on Topsy Turvy Tuesdays tonight! Thanks for linking up.


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