Making Your Own Themed Wall Clock

A themed wall clock can pull together a room’s décor, and making one your own will save you a lot of money. DIY wall clocks are fantastically one-of-a-kind, and surprisingly easy to make. You have several options to choose from in making your own themed wall clock.

Your first option is to take an existing wall clock and remake it to fit your own décor. This is a nice idea if you like a frame or size of a particular clock, or you can get one for very cheap and make it completely your own. Here are some steps for remaking an existing wall clock:

  1. Unscrew or remove the back of the clock from the frame.
  2. Remove the clock’s hands. Do this carefully so you don’t damage the hardware for when you put it back on.
  3. Make a background for your new clock face. You can make your own face to insert or use the current face of your clock. Here are a few ideas:

-Fabric: Find your perfect, themed fabric. Use a hot glue gun to adhere the fabric to your face (wrap the fabric around the face and glue on the back of the face rather than the front).

-Paint: Paint your own picture either on a canvas or on the clock face. This will be truly unique and something you and your family will appreciate even more since it’s your own work.

-Photo: Cut a large photo to size and glue or mod podge it to your face.

-Magazine pictures, newspaper, or any other flat paper: again, use glue or mod podge to decorate your face either as a single look or a collage.

-3D Items or Pieces: You can make an adorable clock with puzzle pieces, toys, or other items. But you must be sure that your new background will fit into the clock if you’ll keep the glass and that the hands will fit back over the pieces. If they don’t fit, consider making a new clock from scratch.

4. Choose your new time pieces. Whether you want traditional numbers or something more creative, your new pieces can really bring your clock to life. You can get wooden or metal numbers, buttons, flowers, letters, toys, or anything else that will pull the look together. Either be sure they will fit under your clock’s hands, or modify the hands to fit your new pieces.

5. If you want, paint or refinish the frame for your clock. This will make your new wall clock truly stand out from its previous look.

You can go even bigger by making a new clock from scratch. Here are the steps you should take:

  1. Choose where to mount your new clock. Whether you mount onto a board or directly onto a wall, you won’t be confined to a pre-sized circular frame. Paint a background colour, or glue or mod podge pictures, newspaper, or anything else into your background.
  2. Choose your time pieces. You can choose twelve pieces or fewer, and without being limited by a frame, you have a world of options to select from. Some ideas are to mount (screw in, glue, or another way) pictures, frames, cups and saucers, toys, flowers, schools supplies, etc. The possibilities are endless.
  3. Choose your clock hands. You can purchase clock hands and the mechanism either at a craft store or online. Whether you want your hands to go over your time pieces or make a large wall clock with the pieces out of the reach of the clock hands, there are many potential looks for your clock.

A themed wall clock is an awesome DIY project that will allow you to exercise your creativity without breaking your budget or being too stressful. Don’t buy the same boring clock everyone else has, spice up your décor with a one-of-a-kind standout piece.

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