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How to make a simple wall clock

How to make a simple wall clock

However it has planted a seed of craziness as now I want to turn every boring household object into a simple wall clock. I’ll try and refrain.

How to make a simple wall clock - Final

How to make a simple wall clock – Final

You’ll need…

  • A round wooden chopping board (mine was 30cm in diameter)
  • Black leather strap or an old belt
  • Leather punch
  • Clock mechanism (make sure it will go through the wood thickness fully)
  • 2 small shallow brass screws
  • Power drill
  • Drill bit slightly bigger than the clock mechanism screw and a smaller drill bit for your screws
  • Pencil & ruler
  • Screwdriver
How to make a simple wall clock - Step 1

How to make a simple wall clock – Step 1

This is a very rare occasion where I got our power drill out but not without my husband’s supervision mind. Me being left alone with power tools would be asking for trouble when I could probably wound myself in a padded cell. Please do take a moment to appreciate my creepy double jointed thumb in the image below.

How to make a simple wall clock - Step 2

How to make a simple wall clock – Step 2

To make…

  1. Measure and mark the centre point point on your wooden chopping board with your pencil and ruler.
  2. Consider a stable surface to drill on where you will able to go all the way through. I laid the chopping board on two of our flat chairs with a gap in between. Drill the centre point the whole way through, holding steady.
  3. Cut a strip of the black leather to the length you want. Try holding it on the chopping board to see how long you need it. Trim the edges neatly and then make a hole in either end using the leather punch. Make sure the punch size fits the brass screws that will eventually go in.
  4. Then mark on the chopping board edge, where you want each screw to be fixed. I did this halfway on either side. At this stage use your drill again, with a smaller drill bit just to ever so slightly drill these points. This will give a small dip for your screws, making it much easier for them to go in.
  5. Place one leather end over the drilled dip, place your screw in and twist with a screw driver until the screw is flush to the leather (leather secure between the wood and the screw). Repeat on the other side.
  6. Thread your clock mechanism through the central hole in the chopping board and follow the instructions you received to put it all together with the hands. There will usually be a washer you need to tighten to stop it all coming apart.
  7. Get yourself a battery and hang your clock in pride of place!
How to make a simple wall clock - Step 3

How to make a simple wall clock – Step 3

All those tools might sound a little intimidating but if I can do it, you guys definitely can! It’s simple, chic and will be a welcome addition to any room.  I’m so looking forward to sharing another affordable home tip with you tomorrow!

How to make a simple wall clock

How to make a simple wall clock

How To Turn An Old LP Into Unique Wall Clock

How To Turn An Old LP Into Unique Wall Clock

 You Need

– An old LP (the Long Play)
– A clock movement.
– Clock hands.
– Tools

Depending how you get your movement you might need a screwdriver.

Instructions

1. Choose your record. I chose records that had colourful branding because they would be the only colour and detail on my wall clock.

How To Turn An Old LP Into Unique Wall Clock - Step 1

You will need an old LP, a clock movement with hands.

2. If you wanted to add detail to the LP/clock face, numbers, dots or dashes, you would add them to the face before you add the movement. I liked the face of the record plain so I skipped straight to the next step.

3. Find a clock movement. You can buy these from craft stores or you can pick up secondhand clocks and use their movements. They are usually pretty easy to access.

How To Turn An Old LP Into Unique Wall Clock - Step 2

The movement slips through the hole in the middle of the LP.

4. If your movement doesn’t come with hands you’ll need to find some you like, or if you’re super keen make your own. They are sized to fit over different levels over the movement.

5. Since the records already have a hole right in the centre it was super easy to slip the movement through. It was a squeeze but with some twisting it slipped through and sat about a centimetre off the LP.

How To Turn An Old LP Into Unique Wall Clock - Step 3

Make sure the movement is secure and working.

6. The hands I had came with the movement so they looped right over the top. I tested the hands to make sure they moved freely without knocking each other or touching the record face and had to bend some of them to give them room.

7. Once the hands are secured you can add your battery and watch it tick! Check that everything works by watching a complete cycle.

How To Turn An Old LP Into Unique Wall Clock - Step 4

Secure the hands, add your battery an set the time.

8. There were no hooks on my movement but there is space to add one or you can stick some heavy duty removable tape to the back and hang it that way.

How To Turn An Old LP Into Unique Wall Clock

How To Turn An Old LP Into Unique Wall Clock Final

Additional Notes:

The LPs do attract dust but they are easy enough to clean. If you want a smaller unique wall clock try an old 45 or CD.