How to Make Wall Art With a Wall Clock!

February 27, 2018

You don’t have to be mechanical, or even particularly artistic to make your own wall clock. We’ll show you how easy it is to make a hand-crafted wall clock that can’t help but be a one-of-a-kind work of art!

For a little inspiration, check out these Pinterest posts. You’ll see LOTS of wooden clocks that likely require more time and DIY ingenuity but there are also AMAZINGLY creative wall clocks that use the wall, clock mechanisms and hands from an old clock you don’t like/need, or can purchase on Amazon.

Make it From Metal

Leave it to Wikihow to take a recycled bicycle tire rim and turn it into a wall clock. If you’re an avid bicyclist, or know one, this is a personalized time piece that pays homage to a love of the sport. Check for rims, or a retail recycler like the Goodwill Store at 11000 South Parker Rd., or the Arc Thrift Store at 16801 E. Iliff Ave., both 15-20 minutes from Southshore in Aurora.

Wikihow has three more ways to make a wall clock using just about anything. Consider an artsy hand-crafted wall clocks using a cast-iron pan, clothespins, vintage fan parts and like Sadie Seasonsgoods’, dominoes!

Family Matters Time Pieces

Blogger Alyssa at Art Crackers took 12 framed photos and used those instead of numbers for her large photo wall clock. Each photo is the portrait of a loved one and it is not just the focal point and centerpiece of the living room, it’s a conversation starter, memory wall and even has the family maxim stenciled in the middle, “Make the Most of the Time We Have.”

The Art Crackers wall clock uses individual birch letters from Craft Cuts, but to short cut your art project, you can get an entire wall clock kit from Vinyl4Decor. Not only are the vinyl letters included and spaced out on a liner that you tape to the wall, removing the guesswork, the video makes it look super simple. After you install the clock and hands, all that’s left is to find the 12 photos that will serve as the numbers.

Etsy has more mechanisms, motors, hands and kits here.

Wooden You Want One?

Interior Frugalista blogger Jessi is handy with steel wool and apple cider vinegar and uses the “juice” to age wood for what looks like a pallet wall clock. Have you heard of this? The steel wool rusts in the vinegar and when applied to new wood fencing, interacts with the tannins to acid wash and stain the planks. Jessi took plenty of pictures to go along with plenty of steps to help you achieve your own work of wall art, and says it goes together in a weekend.

Over at you can find photos and instructions (of course!) on how to make a wall clock out of a mass (mess?) of CDs. Or you can make a clock out of nine wooden blocks (who says a clock has to be round?), old vinyl records, Legos and superhero logos. Batman clock, anyone?

Kids’ Crafty Clocks

Apartment Therapy walks you through how to make a clock out of junk mail, and winner of the best Out-of-What-Would-be-Trash award is this Youtube video of a clock made from rolled up tubes of old newspaper. It’s not a working wall clock, more of a crazy craft to keep kids entertained, but hey – with 12,000 views, Madhu Arts Crafts is doing something right!

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