Time is of the Essence-of Crafting!
Yep…diy wall clock ideas – Looking to turn an ordinary object into a treasured timepiece? Then you’ll love these strategies including my own!
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! Check out this roundup of ideas I have put together, a few are mine and the rest I came across from places like Instructables .com.
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Materials Needed For DIYing 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.
There are SO many possibilities are out there! Here’s a list of objects that would be ideal for turning into a wall clock:
- CDs (secret confession – I bought one of these on eBay once…)
- Vinyl records
- Wood plaques
- China flatware e.g. plates
I Had an Idea For My Clock, Now I Needed a Plan!
Long story short – I had an old vintage Coca-Cola clock that quit on me. So I incorporated the sign with another old vintage working clock. As I didn’t have any frames that would hold both this clock and the Coke sign, I found an old 12″ by 24″ narrow sized canvas I ended up getting a box knife and removing the canvas, leaving behind the frame. I attached the Coke sign and that brown piece in the middle.
I used 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.
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!
This Clock Was Made From a Vinyl Record!
Your approach doesn’t have to be as laborious as mine was – get yourself a clock kit and stay simple! You don’t even need the numbers either, or even “tick marks” – part of knowing where the numbers are is all intuitive. This old record got a full makeover into a real clock – and all minimalistic too, without numbers.
A Wall Clock or Wall ART? You Decide!
I love this one here I found – A wood block with a simple painting or stenciled design can become a simple and lovely clock like this one. You can always mount the clock part apparatus off-center like this gal did, too, to make a statement (and draw attention to the artwork)
Creative Commons Image Attribution: Image by Krystal Starchuk
Wood Palette Wall Clock
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.
This Clock Was Made From DISKETTES!
How cool is this? This guy upcycled his diskette collection and arranged them together in a pattern that became a clock. Doesn’t this just take the cake on great ideas?
Check Out This Timepiece Made From Cardboard…
Tightly rolled cardboard, I must add, it looks like a lot of work was involved, but doesn’t this look amazing ? Very good idea if you’re into rustic looking decor pieces….The back of the clock is covered with a sheet of burlap for stability, and the rest, you know, a clock mechanism kit, and then handmade numerals.
Upcycled Domino Numbers Timepiece
I’ve seen dominoes or other game board pieces used in place of numbers on some handmade clocks before – this look is perfect for a game room or man cave…what do you think of this one here I found:
The main base is made from a series of wood pallets (at least according to the tutorial I found) I really like this, rustic but with a minimalist look, and kudos to this DIY-er for getting all the correct domino numbers in sync with the ones they represent.
This Clock was Made with Cardboard TUBES!
Specifically the kind of tubes with a larger diameter that are used to package posters in the mail or something similar – they’re generally more sturdy that paper towel or TP rolls -so this is the perfect upcycle…then they were painted black and strategically arranged in this diamond pattern.
Would you call this “glam” or “retro” I’m not sure which is the right category, but either way, it is really cool. Hanging in your living room, you’d never know it was made from heavy cardboard!
Here’s a Vintage Clock I Turned Into a Piece of Wall Art
Now here is a good example of doing the reverse….ever had an old clock that just doesn’t operate, but it’s just too nice, rare or unique looking to get rid of? After my grandmother passed away I inherited a bunch of oldie but goodie knickknacks and one of them was this really cool sunburst clock, a style that was very popular in the ’60s or ’70s.
Yes, this is a genuine vintage clock that’s 40+ years old, NOT a repro…Even though it finally quit working, it’s still a treasured heirloom to me, so I ended up sprucing it up with faux gems and spray paint in different colors, and voila – it’s a wall hanging now!
In other words, a broken clock that’s like this-vintage and hard to find now, could be transformed into a work of art on it’s own if you can remove the time mechanism….which I was able to do with this one. You can tell that I painted over the hands silver, just like the face, so you can’t tell on that part.
Last of All You Can Make a Wall Clock From a Design File
If you are handy with software programs, you may be able to sketch out a good design, like this one below – and then build upon your design with wood strips and cardboard, which I believe makes up the face…I like this slightly “scattered” approach, it holds well together:
And I also like how the creator painted the sticks a contrasting color like red to black. If you like a contemporary look, this is a good one to try.
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 🙂 I will add to this list!