DIY: Decorative Clock

July 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a good DIY project on the bloggie blog, so I am really excited to be sharing this one! I am slowly but surely making progress on the unfinished rooms in my house. It’s really difficult when you move somewhere new and you just want to go crazy decorating… but you have no money. So, I have a lot of fun when I can update existing items to make them look new for our new spaces.


In this particular project, I took a clock we received for our wedding and updated it to be a little more our current style. While I think that it needs a tiny bit more work, I’m very pleased overall with the {almost} final look.

For this project, you will need:IMG_9513

  • A clock
  • Fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • Spray paint in your color preference
  • Primer
  • A drop cloth
  • Mod Podge
  • A paint brush

First, begin by disassembling the clock. For mine, it was as simple as loosening the brackets, removing the backing and popping off the clock arms.

Next, you will want to lightly sand your surface, wipe it down with a soapy rag and let it dry.

After it dries, it’s time for the fun part! Begin spray painting, keeping the can at 10-12 inches from your surface as you spray. Be sure to do this outside in a well-ventilated area, with a drop cloth. Preferably on a day without humidity (which is a rare thing in these parts lately). It took me three rounds, letting the paint fully dry between coats. If I were to do it all over again, I would probably have used a primer considering how dark the original surface was and how sheer my paint was. …Also, don’t forget to spray paint your clock arms.

The nice part of this project is you have plenty to do while the paint is drying. Grab your fabric and place it over your clock face to make sure you cut a piece that is large enough.

IMG_9562After that, flip your fabric face down and place the glass on top. Trace it with a light Sharpie, or even a pencil, and then cut out the fabric.


This next part is potentially the most tedious — sizing the fabric just right for your clock face. There is probably an easier way to do this, but I just kept cutting around the edges a wee bit until it fit just right. Then, you’re going to want to cut a tiny hole in the middle of your fabric to make room for the clock arm pieces. This was easier than it looks. Just pinch the fabric in the middle so your fabric is hanging like you’d imagine a handkerchief would. Then cut a tiny slit at the top. Start very small, you can always increase the size if you need to, but you can’t reduce it if you cut too large of a hole.


After that, I recommend ironing the fabric just to make sure you’re giving the best presentation possible. Then, paint a layer of Mod Podge on the clock face and a tiny bit on the back of the fabric. Do this quickly so it doesn’t dry and carefully place the fabric onto the clock face.


At this point, it’s time for reassembly!! Place your clock arms back on, place the glass and the clock into the frame and fasten on the back. (Remember, I need to go back in with another can of spray paint to make sure that it evens out nicely and none of the darker base shows through. Primer should help you avoid that issue.)

Then survey your beautiful creation and display it in a beautiful space!






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