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I have rescued this great New Year’s DIY idea from a few years back for 2023: the Word of the Year Clock.

At the end of every year my husband and I evaluate how we did that year with the goals we set. The past two years, we have done an overnighter with just the two of us and got out a pen and paper. We wrote out family goals for the year. I think I want it to be a tradition!

It is a great way to end the year and focus on the future. I know some people don’t love setting New Year’s resolutions and goals but it is my jam. I love the newness of a year, the fresh start, the change of a season. For the past several years I have chosen a “Word of the Year” with the goal that my life would reflect that word by the end of 365 days. It is a word I can set my intentions on and gives me a focus on the decisions I make.

Well, I have chosen the word INVEST.  I want to invest in my kids, my business, my ministry and a few key relationships in my life. I also like to keep my word on the forefront of my brain and usually find a creative way to display it.


Here are my last two year’s words!

Past New Year’s DIY Ideas

In 2015 I made this with string art: Rediscover Reverse String Art


Last year I just used my Minc machine and gold foiled the word and popped it into a frame.


This year I decided to make a “Word of the Year” clock with my new word INVEST.

Supplies You’l Need:

Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts Stores carries a new line of clock bases in their wood section. This half gray half wood tone base was my choice.


I wanted a little color to it so I taped it off with Scotch Blue painter’s tape and spray painted it with Krylon Sea Glass spray paint.




I found these little numbers in the same wood section and spray painted those Krylon Coral Isle.

Then all I had to do was hot glue the numbers in place.

TIP: If you don’t want to spend the extra money on the numbers, you could use the numbers that come with the clock mechanism kit and paint them the color of your choosing.



Next I popped the clock mechanism in place.

Make sure you measure the depth of your clock base to get the right size mechanism.

Not that I know anything about that!


Next I used my Silhouette machine to cut vinyl letters of my word, Invest in the Blingtastic Font.

Using transfer tape I adhered it to the clock base.



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It was such a quick and easy project and I hung it at my desk, which is where I spend hours a day.

Do you choose a word of the year?

If so, what is your word?




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