3 ways to make wall clocks

3 ways to make wall clocks
3 ways to make wall clocks

A clock doesn't just give the time to remind you that you're late. It can also be a decorative element in your room. It is possible to find beautiful and impressive wall clocks for sale, but they come at a cost that is not available to everyone. There is another possibility, if you are a handyman and have no shortage of imagination. Create your own clock!


Method 1 of 3: Create a wall clock

Make Clocks Step 1

Step 1. Prepare the materials

Collect the different items that will help you make your wall clock. You will need pieces of wood which will be the twelve digits of your clock, universal glue, a cutter, pink ink, putty glue, a clock mechanism and some creative paper.

  • You can find wooden numbers in decoration stores, as well as on the internet.
  • You will find clock mechanisms in specialized stores, decoration stores and in internet stores. Prices vary, but you can find around 6 € for the basic mechanism (without the needles).
  • If you want to make a more original, less classic wall clock, go for numbers with various sizes and fonts.
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Step 2. Cover the numbers with original paper

Take universal glue to stick your creative paper on the numbers you want. Then, using the cutter, cut out the excess paper cleanly.

  • Place your paper-covered numbers in a corner while the glue dries.
  • As a finish, dip the edge of your numbers in ink.
  • If you want your numbers to keep their appearance longer, varnish them.
  • You can also choose not to cover your numbers with creative paper, but rather paint them in a silver color, for example, to give them a more modern style.
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Step 3. Set your clock

Once the clock is in place, it will cover a diameter of 60cm. So remember to choose the surface on which you will hang it. As soon as the place is determined, take a ruler to trace the center which will be the place where you will fix the mechanism of the clock.

  • Glue the clock mechanism using the putty glue you apply to the back of the mechanism.
  • You can place it on a fireplace or above a low cabinet. It will be the most beautiful effect!
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Step 4. Position the numbers

With a ruler, measure 30 cm up from the center of your clock. Make a mark. This will be the point where you will fix the number "12" on your clock.

  • Perpendicular to the fictitious line that starts from the center to arrive at the point of number "12", measure 30 cm to the right and make a cross. You will fix the number "3" thereafter.
  • In the opposite direction to the number "12", mark the location of the number "6" on your clock 30 cm from the center.
  • Finally, position the number "9", starting from the center of your clock in the opposite direction of your number "3" at 30cm and mark the location.
Make Clocks Step 5

Step 5. Complete the installation

With the mastic glue, fix the four of which you marked the locations. Then, with the help of a pencil and your ruler, define the positioning of the other numbers so that they can be glued.

  • To fix the rest of the numbers, also use the putty glue.
  • Be aware that with putty glue, you can peel and re-glue your numbers, if you need to reposition them better. This is one of the advantages of mastic glue.
  • Finally, put the necessary number of batteries in the clock mechanism, then set the time on your wall clock.

Method 2 of 3: Make a clock with a flat cork rest

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Step 1. Gather your materials and tools

To be able to build your clock, collect white spray paint, adhesive tape, 3 paints of very different colors, an electric drill, paper napkins, a cork trivet, brushes, a palette to mix the colors, a clock to assemble, a pair of scissors and a cup of water.

  • You can replace the pallet with a paper plate, if you want.
  • Whenever possible, opt for fairly bright colors.
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Step 2. Pierce the cork and paint the needles

Take the cork trivet and with a ruler find the center that you will identify by making a cross with a pencil. Then, with an electric drill, make a hole at the location of the cross. The hole must be large enough to allow the axis of rotation of the needles to pass.

  • You can find a clock mechanism on the internet or in stores for around € 6 and hands for a price that can vary around € 5.
  • After drilling the cork, remove the shavings and clean the trivet and your workstation.
  • Use the white paint spray can to paint the needles, then wait until they are dry to continue.
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Step 3. Paint the cork

Use duct tape to create shapes you like. You are free to imagine any pattern. Let your creative side express! Then, when you are done sticking the tape, use the different bright colors of paint to finalize your artwork.

  • Apply the adhesive tape well. It must be well glued so that the paint cannot pass and flow onto another part of another color.
  • Note that if you bought only two paint colors, you can create a third by mixing them.
  • Apply two to three coats of paint to the trivet, then wait for the paint to dry.
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Step 4. Fit the clocks

When the paint has finished drying, remove the tape. If you have minor paint losses, make the necessary touch-ups, then wait for the paint to dry. Next, assemble your clock.

  • Set your clock to the time, then attach it to your wall.
  • You can have fun buying the set of supplies for making three clocks. Then, make three clocks that you can place on your wall according to your taste. You can also gift the two additional clocks.

Method 3 of 3: Make a clock with photos

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Step 1. Collect the necessary tools and materials

To build your clock, get tape, 12 photo frames (5 cm by 7 cm), photos the same dimensions as the frames, a pencil, 2 sheets of newspaper (45 cm by 60 cm), a ruler, a pair of scissors, an A4 sheet of card stock, nails, paint tape, a hammer and a clock mechanism with hands.

  • Play with the colors and styles of the frames to coordinate them and create a beautiful and original clock.
  • It is possible to buy a large clock mechanism with its hands (20 cm and 30 cm) in a store or on the internet for around € 10.
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Step 2. Make a template of your clock

Arrange the two newspaper sheets on your countertop. Secure the sheets together with masking tape. Next, lay your clock mechanism in the middle of the attached newspaper sheets and arrange the twelve small frames around.

  • Try to place your frames around the clock mechanism in different original positions.
  • Have fun doing several tests until you find a configuration you like.
  • Once you've found the best fit for you, take a pencil and outline all the frames on the sheets of newspaper.
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Step 3. Place the photos in the frames

Insert the twelve photos you have chosen for your clock into the frames. Try to find funny pictures for your clock. You can, for example, illustrate your clock according to a theme.

  • Have fun finding twelve photos that show where you went on your last vacation.
  • If you're in a relationship, take twelve photos that capture how your relationship is progressing over time.
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Step 4. Assemble your clock

Use a pencil to draw a square or rectangle on the cardboard sheet, then cut out the shape you have drawn. It will be used to hide the mechanism of your wall clock.

  • If you have opted for a clock mechanism that has more or less the same dimensions as your frames, you can trace and cut an 8 cm by 10 cm shape from your cardboard sheet.
  • Take a cutter or your pair of scissors and pierce your cardboard sheet in the center. It is through this hole that the axis of rotation of your clock will pass.
  • Assemble all the elements of your clock (mechanism, hands and cardboard form) according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Remember to use the cardboard shape you cut out rather than the one given to you with your clock.
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Step 5. Finalize your project

Place the newspaper template on the wall where you planned to put your clock and secure it with masking tape. Then, with a hammer, drive a nail just above the outlines of the twelve frames you drew on the newspaper.

  • After you have attached your twelve nails, remove the newspaper. The latter should come easily without the nails moving or dislodging from the wall.
  • Place your twelve frames and the central part of your clock.
  • Finish by installing the battery (s) needed to run your clock, then set it to the correct time.

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