Gifts created from wood can make a very personal impression. Making your gifts out of scrap pieces of wood you may have at home or inexpensive scrap timber from a local builder's merchant is a great money-saver, too. Creating wooden bookends, ornaments or a clock as gifts for any occasion are sure to delight the person receiving them.
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For bookends, get a square block of wood and a short piece of timber. You will need to screw the timber to the square block, making something resembling the letter "L." Once the pieces are securely fastened together, varnish the two pieces of wood with a clear varnish, or one of your choice. You can then use different wooden shapes available at your local arts and crafts shop, and glue them on to the bookends.
Christmas ornaments are relatively simple to make. You will need small wood pieces --about 5 to 10 cm (2 to 4 inches) square or round. You will also need craft paint, or marker pens, and fine floral wire, a small drill bit and drill. Make the design of your choice with patterns you find online or in craft books. To hang this ornament, you will need to drill two small holes, one in the top left corner and one in the top right corner. Run the wire through the holes and tie at the top to hang. These make great personalised gifts and can be used as gift tags as well.
Many arts and crafts suppliers have clock kits that come with the hands and the wood pre-cut. First, sand the wood plaque and the hands, lightly. Then, apply two coats of enamel to the hands and let them dry. Pick out the font or markers you want to use for the numbers from a pattern online or in a book, print them, and then cut them out. Trace these numbers on to the wood plaque using a pencil. Then, use paint or a wood burning tool to carefully trace the numbers. Drill a hole in the centre of the plaque. Make sure the hole is the same size as the holes already in the hands. Next, apply two coats of polyurethane to the wood. Allow the coating to dry completely before each coat. Next, turn the disc over and attach the clock mechanism into the hole you drilled earlier. Attach the hands to the mechanism, following the directions given in the kit.
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