DIY designer clocks are an inexpensive Spring, pretty-up project for your home or work space. All you need is a clock that comes apart and a printed image of your choice. I created four clock designs I can change out and decorate my craft/sewing room with.
- clock- 8 inch face or smaller so your computer image will fit
- 8 X 10 image to trace for your new clock face
- small tip scissors and regular scissors
- flat head screw driver
- phillips head screw driver
- Take out clock battery
- Flip your clock over to see how it comes apart. Most plastic clocks have four tiny tabs that you can use a flat head screw driver to push and remove the cover. Wood and metal clocks often have small screws. One of the clocks I used was from Ikea. The other I’ve had for years, but both had the plastic tabs. TIP: I gently used the tip of my screw driver, to push each tab in and down, so I could remover the covers.
- Remove clock hands. On most clocks, each of the hands lift off separately. The Ikea clock hands came off easily, but I broke the seconds hand, while removing it from my other clock, oops! No worries, it will function without it.
- If it lifts out easily, remove and use your clocks paper face circle, to trace a new face circle onto your 8 x 10 image. Center and trace with a pencil or pen. Cut out. Then trace the inner clock mechanism circle.
- Next, use the tip of your small scissors to poke a tiny hole through the mechanism center hole, then cut a few tiny snips out towards the edge of your inner traced circle. This will give you more flexibility in cutting out such a small circle. TIP: You may want to practice on regular paper a few time first!
- If your clock’s face paper doesn’t lift out, use your clock’s clear front cover, placed onto your 8 X 10 image to trace. Cut out your circle. Then place your new clock face circle over the center mechanism point, and push lightly to leave an indent mark, so you have a center point to cut out.
- Place your new clock face image into your clock and make sure it fits correctly. Look at the back of your clock to determine the top of your clock, and adjust image. Use a piece of looped tape on back of image to secure it in place.
- Replace clock hands and cover
- Replace battery and reset time.
Here are some free printables used in my DIY Clock Design:
Hang your beautiful new clock and do a happy dance!
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Michele Reynolds is a gluten free, journalist, blogger, designer, photographer and early education professional. She’s the owner and creator of Sew Sweet Vintage a blog where she shares her passion for DIY, gluten free recipes, vintage and refashion projects. She has a shop Sewsweetvintageco on Etsy. You can chat with Michele and her fans on her Facebook page Sew Sweet Vintage, Pinterest page Sew Sweet Vintage, Etsy and Twitter.
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