How to Make a Custom Clock

comments (10) September 20th, 2013     

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leethal Lee Meredith, contributor
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I used a photo I took—you can use a picture of you with your loved one or anything else personalized!
I can carry supplies around in my working clock!
Contrasting colors really make this clock pop!
I used a photo I took—you can use a picture of you with your loved one or anything else personalized!

I used a photo I took—you can use a picture of you with your loved one or anything else personalized!

Photo: Lee Meredith
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If you want to use a photo (or any picture) for the face of your clock, just measure the diameter and print it out the right size or have it printed at a photo lab. I used my home photo printer and didn't want to waste ink, so I cropped it to a circle in my photo-editing program before printing.

custom clock diy how to   You don't have to make the image into a circle-you can just print the whole thing and cut it out.

If the original clock art popped out, use it as a template for cutting your picture to size. If not, you'll have to carefully cut out the circle to fit the space.

custom clock diy how to   It's always safer to cut a little too big, then trim down as needed, rather than cut too small in the first place.

Cut out the hole in the center using an X-Acto knife if you have one and also using the original paper as a template if possible.

custom clock diy how to   Carefully cut the hole out with scissors if you don't have an X-Acto knife.

Now glue in your new picture. Be sure to position it how you want it, using the wall hanger as a guideline for the top of the clock.

custom clock diy how to   I used Aleene's Original Tacky Glue for this part.

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Comments (10)

Moptop27 writes: Going to try it and put grandchildren faces on
Posted: 8:48 pm on September 20th
EchoLin writes: cutton clock, i love the flower inside the clock.
Posted: 5:17 am on March 19th
Nodan writes: I am wondering is these clocks real clocks? I think they are just decorations. I like them as decorations.
Posted: 12:48 am on January 19th
Zadig writes: Interesting...

To Craftyjana: to make a hole in a diner plate you will have to mark the center and put a piece of duck tape on that spot and drill the hole, starting with slow speed, and increasing the speed softly. It work well...
Posted: 1:03 pm on August 6th
EQOnlineFabricStore writes: I love these. I need a clock for my living room. I may try one of these ideas.
Posted: 12:34 pm on August 6th
CraftyJana writes: Great idea! recycle - recycle - recycle
I would be interested in applying an old working clock face to a dinner plate.
What type of drill would one use to drill a hole in china dinnerware?
I have always wanted to make a clock for my kitchen from one of my extra antique plates.

Posted: 11:19 am on January 14th
sergun writes: beautiful!
Posted: 8:56 am on December 24th
ilovetweek writes: me too!
Posted: 2:19 pm on December 21st
AppleSweetTalk writes: Amazing! I love the idea! I'll try to make one.
Posted: 7:30 pm on June 15th
Sister_Diane writes: Fantastic! And I love seeing all these different versions.
Posted: 1:35 pm on November 29th
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