DIY: Give an Old Clock a New Face

You will need:
an icky old clock
screw driver
acrylic paint + brush
12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper (size varies depending on clock size)


1. Remove the battery and screws from the back of the clock. The back should pull away from the frame exposing the clock hands.

2. Carefully examine your clock to determine how to remove the hands. On this particular clock they just pulled off. Underneath the hands there was also a small nut and washer that I removed. Pay close attention to how you take everything apart, because you’ll have to put it back together!

3. Paint the clock hands and set them aside to dry. If desired, paint the frame of the clock as well.

4. Turn the 12 x 12 scrapbook paper face down and center the back of the clock on the paper. Trace around the clock back with a pen, and cut out the circle slightly smaller than the traced line. Trim the edges if necessary to make sure the paper circle fits inside the clock frame.

5. Turn the paper circle face down and center the back piece of the clock on the paper. Trace the small center hole (where the clock hands connect to the clock back) on the paper and cut it out.

6. Make as many patterned circles as you want—they can be tucked behind the displayed pattern so you can switch them out when you’re in the mood for a change. Feel free to add numbers. I left them of because I like the sleek look of a clock with no numbers. I also like to make fun of my husband who can’t read clocks without numbers.

7. Place your patterned papers on the clock face making sure the paper is right side up. Reassemble the clock hands and move them to the 12:00 position. (Trust me, if you don’t do this the time will never be exactly right. For example, it will say two and a half o’clock and never two o’clock!)

8. Screw the clock back together, replace the battery, and step back to enjoy your handywork!


Disclaimer: If you attempt this DIY and somehow screw up your clock I cannot be held responsible! ; )

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