Did you know you can turn almost anything into a clock? Here’s how to create your own clock and some out-of-the-box clock ideas.
When I was growing up my mom set all the clocks in our house ahead five minutes.
Every. Single. One.
It kind of time-scarred me for life.
When I’d leave the house I’d try and do the clock math in my head and figure out how much time I had and misjudge every time and think I had more time than I actually had and inevitably I would be late to wherever I was going.
See that clock in the top right-hand corner?
It came with the house when my parents bought it. It’s built-in and it used to be on the other wall before it was knocked out to turn the workshop into a family room. My mother moved it over to the back wall of the kitchen and promptly set it five minutes ahead.
But somewhere between Cyndi Lauper and The Spice Girls….
….it stopped working.
The hands kind of froze in place at 8:15 and never moved again.
Here’s what the clock has looked like forever.
Someone painted it gray and the numbers and the clock hand gray, too.
I’ve been debating about repainting the center white, but I was so excited to see if we could actually get the clock to work that I just left it gray for now.
How To Create Your Own Clock
You can actually turn anything into a clock.
Did you know that?
Here are a few suggestions of potential future clocks:
- a pot lid
- the top of a wood spool
- a door
- a picture frame
- a record
- an embroidery hoop
- a paint pallet
Here are a few other clocks that I’ve shown you before.
My brother made this pallet wood clock.
You can see the DIY for it here.
I made this wood slice clock years ago for a magazine project.
It’s just wood slices glued to a wood board in a circle.
Then I glued numbers at the four corners.
Just made a clock on the wall at the gatehouse.
I just stuck numbers on the wall.
Then I stuck the battery-operated hands on the wall in the middle.
You can easily recreate this clock on any wall. I found a few options for stick-on clocks on Amazon.
- classic stick-on clock with numbers
- this gold stick-on clock with numbers
- this roman numeral option
- this super affordable option (with the cutest birds)
We made a bicycle wheel clock at the farmhouse.
The hands are made from vintage yardsticks and it’s on a chalkboard wall with roman numerals written in chalk.
You can see the bicycle clock DIY here.
The one thing all these projects have in common?
You can see the clock hands I ordered from Amazon here.
They were actually really affordable. The kit came with two sets of hands. I wish you lived around the corner so I could give you the other set to use for your own clock project.
Here’s what you are looking for with clock hands:
- Make sure they are high torque.
- Make sure they are battery-operated.
- Make sure to measure the length of the hands compared to your numbers. I actually ordered the wrong set and had to return them.
- Make sure to determine what style (contemporary, modern, farmhouse, victorian) you want for your project.
Here’s what the kit looked like that we ordered.
There’s usually an hour hand and a minute hand and a battery pack.
It’s SO EASY to install.
You can follow the instructions on the package, but here’s how to create your own clock:
- Put the nut and the washer on the clock shaft.
- Tighten it a little, but not too much.
- Make sure to put the hour hand FIRST then the minute hand.
- Keep the hour hand and minute hand parallel when you install them.
- Then tighten and add the batteries.
- There was already a hole in the wall from the previous clock that the battery pack was inserted into.
Here’s the side view so you can see what it looks like when it was finished.
Those hands are so pretty.
You can see the kit I ordered from Amazon here.
If you want to create your own clock, I found tons of hands on Amazon in tons of different sizes and colors and styles.
Here’s a close-up of the clock before.
And here’s a close-up of the clock after.
Here’s an overall picture of the clock on the kitchen wall now.
I just used Rub ‘N Buff on the numbers to turn them gold. If you have never heard of Rub ‘N Buff before it is a MIRACLE SUBSTANCE. You can use it to make anything look like metal. My favorite finish is the Antique Gold. It’s the most realistic looking when you rub it on.
You can see the Rub ‘N Buff I used here.
When the clock was set. The hour and minute hands were turned to exactly the right time—I’m sure much to my mother’s dismay.
It’s not five minutes fast anymore.
But guess what?
I’m still late.
Go figure. 🙂
PS Are you team late? Or team on time?
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