Some DIY projects can be a bit advanced for those of us who are DIY challenged. I, for example, have only recently purchased a sander & drill set, so am slowly learning how to use them safely. Today’s DIY project is so simple that anybody who is able to use a pair of scissors & glue can do it.
Clock Mechanism (available at most craft stores like Creative Arts)
- Two large pieces of different-coloured vinyl plastic (or try with) cardboard or paper with adhesive on the back
- OR a simple piece of wood/hard board/plastic that you like & think would make a good clock face
- Superglue or contact glue
- If using untreated wood & decorating it, you’ll need a form of varnish – but we won’t go into decoupage here!
- Printed numbers or stickers numbers or (if you trust your handwriting, a permanent marker).
Upcycle Clock: This pretty clock is incredibly simple to make. A few scrap wooden pallets were stuck together with wood glue, a hole made in the centre for the clock hands to attach to the mechanism, numbers painted on the face & one of the pallets painted. You can do this in 1 hour. Gorgeous, rustic, functional!
TIPS: If you’d like the clock to be flush against the wall, you will require a hollow in the in the back of the clock to place the mechanism. There are stores which sell ready-made faces which have this. Otherwise, if your wood is thick enough, hollow it out with a carving tool or add a frame on the back (here you can just make one out of the same leftover wooden pallets).
Sticker Clock: This whacky piece is made up of 2 vinyl stickers with adhesive place perpendicular to one another. Place some double-sided tape to the mechanism to help it stick to the wall.
TIP: Ensure that you have easy access to the batteries & the on/off switch as well.
Picture Frame Clock
This one will form part of a permanent feature. You may struggle to get the kind of clock mechanisms large enough to support this type of clock, but try at places like Cape Watch & if they can’t help you, perhaps they can point you in the direction of someone who can!
TIP: Download a clock face template & try to put your pictures generally in line with the numbers on the template.
This simple glitter clock can be made out of any sturdy material in any shape you wish. Mix glitter & Mod Podge (2 parts glue, 1 part glitter) & paint using layers (rather than 1 thick layer). Mod podge is water-based varnish you can find at absolutely any craft store. Other types of glue may work as well or another varnish or glue. Seal the glitter with a single layer of mod podge. Affix the clock mechanism & hands. Clock mechanism generally have hooks for mounting them onto nails in the wall, etc. so you needn’t worry about drilling any holes, etc. If you like, visit a decoupage shop for a ready-cut clock face (complete with holes) like Kidz-a-Peal in Cape Town.
Note: the glue may look white, but dries clear!
This will add a pretty nice & contrasting feature to a minimalist-style room.
TIP: Try to ensure the hands do not touch the face, as this will scrape the glitter off.
Fruit Clock: Just like the glitter clock, you can purchase finished wood clock-shape & paint it to look like this fabulous kiwi-inspired clock, or you can cut this shape out of hard green board & coat with mod podge after.
Bicycle Wheel Clock: This one’s ambitious, but isn’t it rad? Not sure who has bicycle wheels lying around, but I’m sure you can find something at your local dump site (in fact, visit them for any other items you can upcycle). You may require a heavy-duty mechanism for this one & mounting could be more complicated, so let’s not try this if you’re a beginner.
Whiteboard/Blacboard Clock: Our final clock is more for a bit of fun. It’s so simple to construct a blackboard clock, simply paint a piece of wood with chalkboard paint. To make a whiteboard clock you’ll need to cut some melamine, and this could be more tricky (but a fun project). Fit the mechanism as listed above & enjoy creating your own decor & clock face each day!
Hope you enjoy trying to make these! Who wants to buy a clock when you can make your own, really nifty one?
Bonus: Tutorial on how to make a small desk clock:
This is from the Martha Steward website.