I’ve had my eye on this craft for a while, but finally decided to do it now that I am in a spring cleaning frenzy. We’ve had this blah white clock hanging in our bathroom for a while, just barely ticking, battery dying. I despised the clock so I never even bothered changing the battery. It ticked once every few seconds – trying to move – but worthless. It’s functional, yes, but ugly. Surely something could be done.
Here’s the before picture.
You’ll need to start by painting the rim of the clock. This is done best when it is all taken apart. I tried taping off the clear cover but it was inconvenient and you’ll have to take it apart anyway if you want to change the background. Here’s a few steps to help with that.
First, remove the screws and plastic washers on the back.
Next, take off the black cover to reveal the battery and inner structure of the clock. You’ll also need to take off the battery pack. Mine was just snapped in on the sides. When you pull it out, it will be a little difficult. It is attached to the hands on the front of the clock so those will be popping off at the same time inside the plexiglass.
Next, you’ll need to remove the plexiglass cover. There are little notches where these fit in. You’ll want to move them just enough to where they slip through the slots. I used a flat head screwdriver. Once you are through the slots, the cover wiggles off easily.
Next, pop off the clock face. I found this was easiest by gently pushing it from the back. The tape on the clock face is super sticky!
Clean, clean, clean the clock. You’ll have to clean the inside of the clock (where the tape was), the outside of the clock (so the paint will stick), and the plexiglass. I used fingernail polish remover to get all the sticky tape off the inside, rubbing alcohol to clean the outside rim, and window cleaner to clean the plexiglass. Absolutely do not skip this step.
After the rim is pretty and clean, spray paint ($3.27) in the color of your choice. I was originally going to do a cute aqua color but it didn’t work on plastic. Note to future self!! It beaded up and looked awful. I fixed it by buying a cute yellow color. I did a few coats to the color was solid and bold. Your number of coats will vary depending on the color of paint you chose. When mine was dry, I chose to sand the back edges with fine sandpaper so it would have a finish look. This step is easily skipped.
Next, prep the background of the clock. I used some cheap scrapbook paper from a craft store. It was probably less than 30 cents! So cute! I put the original clock face number side down on my scrapbook paper and traced then traced and cut it out. Cut just inside the line so the new face will sit inside the same space and not ripple. You’ll need to make sure to cut the hole in the middle of the clock face too. This is where the hands will attach to the battery pack. My hubby’s knife is sharper than my Xacto knife so he did that part for me. Swoon.
Attach it to your clock. I started to use mod podge but worried it would mess up the paper (since mine is a homemade version). I chose to attach with tape on the back. Easy enough, and no one will see except you and me. Shhhh.
Finally, on to the fun parts! You need numbers on your clock! I couldn’t find any inexpensive 1-2″ numbers that I liked. If you have a craft store nearby, I bet they’d have some. I’m an hour and a half away from one so I just settled with jewels. (100 pcs for $3.25.) I LOVE them. This may be the hardest part of the craft. The hubby helped me line up the old clock face so we could place each hour. Get as close as you can so your clock is accurate. It’s not hard but it requires some effort. There are clock faces online but I couldn’t find one that didn’t look “teacher-y.” I’m satisfied with how the jewels came out.
I added a bird to decorate the clock a little more. This was a flat gift tag from the card section of Walmart ($1.77). I might or might not be a bird junkie.
Here’s the finished product! I’m so happy with it!
Awww! Yay! I’m so happy with it. My hubby keeps telling me that this is favorite of all the crafts I’ve done. And you know what? It keeps perfect time! I decided to give it to a friend to hang at her job. She has some other cute decorations that go fabulous with it. So glad I finally acted on this creative idea. I’ll be doing it again!
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