DIY Wall Clock Ideas…This One Is Gonna Knock Your Socks Off
Yep…diy wall clock ideas – Looking to turn a timepiece into something much more interesting? Then you’ll love what I did with a pre-existing clock of mine along with a few unexpected supporting materials.
I love anything vintage, and especially stuff with Coca-Cola or other soda brands on them…makes me think of the “good old days”.
I turned an old vintage Coca Cola clock into a new one after my old one broke which I will share here….and if you have a mindset like that, an imagination and a clock kit, you can transform something old (but good) into a timepiece) you’ve came to the right place!
OK, let’s get started, time is of the essence, LOL!
Materials Needed If You’re DIY-ing a Wall Clock
All you really need is an idea…and a flat enough object (or one that can be reasonably transformed) There are a few things that will be important though, and the first is the obvious – a clock kit. They consist of a base (they operate on an AA battery) hands, and some moving parts.
Another thing I recommend is the numbers – Decide if you want to use Roman numerals, our good ol’ number system from 1-12, or maybe a set of 12 “tick marks” if you enjoy the modern, minimalist approach.
You can get a sheet of stickers with the numbers on them or you could paint them. If you want to paint on the numbers a stencil would come in handy to make them neat looking.
I Had an Idea For My Clock, Now I Needed a Plan!
Determined not to trash a piece of memorabilia…I started coming up with a plan. Took a lot of thought and mental daydreaming at first. I bought this little beauty on Ebay back in 2011, It is electric, and older than dirt and she still is ticking. Imagine that, something old works better than something new.
Unfortunately didn’t have any frames that would hold both this clock and the Coke picture part. That is until I went int the closet and found an old canvas I attempted to paint on and glue paper and then changed my mind (which is why there is all of that tacky looking residue left on it)
I ended up getting a box knife and removing the paper-caked canvas, leaving behind the frame. Yep, I was a very bad girl that day. hehe. That poor canvas, just so I could get the frame to make my clock! I attached the Coke sign and that brown piece in the middle.
Now for the retro yellow clock…Did not want to glue it down. I went rummaging for one of those little picture frame brackets, but came up short as this clock is sloped on the sides making the brackets not workable.
OK, when that was out, then what…Eyehooks. Strategically placed on each side to support the clock, and then two at the top to hold it in place, and then….to strengthen it I hammered a nail on each side and pushed them in a little flush with the clock sides.
When it passed the test (not falling out) I knew that was a real scrapper. Finishing touch was using a brown paint marker to color in the sides. Now this baby has been hanging up in the living room for a couple weeks doing what it does best.
I only touched it again last night (due to the end of Daylight Savings Time -“fall back”) but that’s it! She ticks!
Your approach doesn’t have to be as laborious as mine was – get yourself a clock kit and stay simple! With one of these kits you can practically turn any linear flat object into a clock, from an old vinyl record to a CD.
A Wall Clock Can Become Wall ART!
It just goes to show you that you can turn something out of nothing! OR taking an everyday object and repurposing it into a clock with just an adjustment piece like the clock kit above. Here is an example of another clock (mine again!)…it’s one of those vintage beauties from long ago…The clock part quit, but now it’s a piece of wall art!
This one goes back to the 70s when the sunburst clock was all the rage. (Yes, it is a genuine vintage) You can see where I pimped it out like a boss with spray paint and jewels!
Re-Purpose Cherished Objects Into Wall Clocks!
Many oldie but goodie objects can be transformed – Something like an old plaque or scrap wood pieces make excellent bases for clocks! You can leave them natural or paint them. A flat piece works best so the clock mechanism will be able to go through it.
See how many possibilities are out there? Here’s a list of objects that would be ideal for turning into a wall clock:
- Vinyl records
- Wood plaques
- China flatware e.g. plates
Here’s another one….a bowl or plate repurposed into a clock! Only thing I can see that might be a stumbling block is the fact that it’s made of ceramic. To be able to fit the clock apparatus through, you’d have to be prepared for some drilling, mainly with the use of a diamond drill bit like the one that was used for this lamp.
So what are YOU planning to turn into a wall clock today? Let’s hear it in the comments below! Anything else I didn’t include in the list that would also work well; let me know 🙂