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How to Make a Clock – Classy DIY Clock Ideas


How to Make a Clock – Classy DIY Clock Ideas


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Better than any store bought clock is a DIY clock! Why? Personality! Like most home decor DIY’s, it’s always more fun to create your own version of what could be a utility item. And yes, we still need clocks! I know, you can look at your phone, or glance at the microwave, or ask Alexa. But clocks represent the passage of time, so even if your DIY clock is for pure decor value, that’s ok.  So learn how to make a clock, and try these classy DIY clock ideas to dress up your walls with something more fun than just a painting!

Clocks are easy and inexpensive to make, and simply require a base and a purchased clock kit. Here are three easy steps on how to make a DIY wall clock, and some terrific amazing tutorial as well.

How to Make a Clock

DIY Clocks Step One:

Buy your supplies. First, choose a base. This can be anything, and any shape…it doesn’t have to be round. Think outside the box. (I know, I said it…) If you can drill a hole in it, you can make a clock out of it.  Next, and most important, choose your clock mechanism. This is where you really add a custom and personal stamp to your DIY clock. There are clock makings that are large and small, black or white, metallic, bright colored, modern and traditional. Choose what speaks to you. Amazon has tons of clock mechanisms you can order, and a larger selection than what you would find at the local craft store.

DIY Clocks Step Two:

Drill a hole in your base large enough for your clock makings “shaft” to pass through. How hard is that?

Decorate your clock base, if necessary. Paint is a good basic choice. Be creative as to what you choose to use as “numbers”. Or, use none at all!

DIY Clocks Step Three:

Assemble your clock mechanism kit according to manufacturers directions. Hang your clock! It’s that easy!

Of course, that is just the basics. But no worries, these DIY clock tutorials will teach you step by step how to make a clock in no time. And these awesome clocks rock!

DIY Clock Ideas & Tutorials

Make this modern DIY clock with just plain plywood! From ‘Hunker‘, this clock would fit into any home, but would be a great fit with Boho or MCM design.

This mid-century DIY clock is perfect! I love how clever they got making the “hours”. You have to go see how simple this tutorial is. From ‘Sugar & Cloth‘.

Want something a bit more fun for your home? Learn how to make a clock that looks like a sliced cake! This is so simple, it’s not funny. (No pun intended, really!) From ‘Dream Green DIY‘, this DIY clock idea is simply a wood round from the craft store, a clock mechanism and paint.

If you love the organic look of concrete the way we do, then you will adore this concrete DIY clock from ‘Remodelaholic‘! Go check out their step by step instructions and find out just how simple this clock idea really is.

This beautiful DIY clock from ‘HomeDIT‘ looks like a high end piece of quality wood. But, they made it with simple plywood and veneer! Go check out how gorgeously updating this clock would look at your place.

Oh me, oh my. This DIY floral clock from ‘Lovely Indeed‘, is lovely, indeed! This Boho style art piece is a cinch to make and such a creative DIY clock idea. Loving this!

Ok, so can you tell we have a thing here at OhMeOhMy for Mid Century Modern design? No apologies here. This starburst style DIY clock from ‘Reality Daydream‘ is an easy DIY. And you will never guess what her “spokes” are made of!

Want to make a fresh and fun DIY clock for under $10? Then jump on over to ‘Curbly‘ and learn how to make this clock!

K, I’m not even going to make another cute comment about our love for MCM design. Thinking you guys got it about now…;)  So, this Mid Century Modern ball DIY clock from ‘Nalle’s House‘ is the perfect example of rethinking an existing piece. This looks like a higher end clock I saw in a recent catalog for over $300!

So, let’s take a break from the modern for a bit, and try something that might fit a home with farmhouse style. This rustic DIY clock by ‘Home Made Lovely‘ is oversized, and really fun. Easy to follow instructions on how to make this clock!

So here is another DIY clock made from wood that is more in the contemporary modern style. This  clock is more like a piece of art than a time piece! From ‘Creativity Hero‘.

Ok, as a nature lover, I love this live edge DIY clock from ‘Crafted Workshop‘. You do need to find a piece of live edge wood, but most specialty lumber shops can help you with that.

Love, love, LOVE this color blocked DIY wall clock from ‘Sarah Hearts‘. That coral color is amazing, and this whole project feels happy and fresh! Follow her easy tutorial.

So finally we have this two tone modern DIY clock from ‘Woodshop Diaries‘. This is totally sophisticated, and made from two types of wood. Such a pretty clock!

Have any other great DIY clock ideas? Share them in comments! We think you will also want to check out our posts on DIY Area Rugs and 22 Easy DIY Floating Shelves!

Note : This post has been updated with fresh posts.

Image Credits: Homedit, Hunker, Sugar & Cloth, Dream Green DIY, Remodelaholic, Lovely Indeed, Reality Daydream, Curbly, Nalles House, Home Made Lovely, Creativity Hero, Crafted Workshop, Sarah Hearts, Workshop Diaries