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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Replace the hands, and you're done if you want to be! You can choose whether to replace the cover-my cover was all scratched up so it wasn't even an option, but I also kind of like the look of the clock with no cover. Now you can glue on "numbers" if you want to. I used four buttons to mark the 12, 3, 6, and 9 spots. When gluing objects to the clock frame, use a super-strong glue like E6000 so they won't fall off!

  The buttons I chose are simple, but they coordinate with the look of the clock as a whole.

If possible, you can use the old clock picture placed over the hands to get the number objects lined up perfectly. If this doesn't work with your clock, use a ruler or straightedge of some kind to line up the numbers with the center spot so they're straight.

  You could also choose to do all 12 numbers, or just the 12 and 6.

Let dry according to the directions on the glue, and wrap up and gift!

  Be sure to use plenty of glue-you'd feel horrible to give a clock that falls apart!

Here are two other examples of clocks with new faces... The one below has a collaged face made with pictures from vintage books.

  Bright, solid colors and weirdness are the themes here.

And here's a fabric face with screen-printed numbers and machine topstitching.

  Contrasting colors really make this clock pop!



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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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