Tick Tock, Make Your Own Custom Clock

Published on October 7, 2020
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While the days of grandfather clocks are mostly behind us, it doesn’t mean that a clock can’t still be a piece of wall art. What better than making your very own custom clock in order to fit your home exactly? It’s surprisingly simple to make your own, much easier than finding the perfect clock for you at a store. Here’s everything you need to do.

Custom Clock

Custom Clock

Materials:

-A basic clock face

-Craft paint

-Foam brush

-Masking tape

-Furniture tacks

-Hammer

Materials Needed

Materials Needed

Of course you can use any shape you like and drill holes into it, but we recommend using an unfinished wood clock that you can buy at your local Target or craft supply store, and of course you can find it online as well. Our version saves you the time and stress of making sure you’ve drilled the proper holes.

Add Color

Decide where you want to include the first color and then place the masking tape across your clock face. Place the edge right where you want the color to end. Make sure the seal is tight by running a finger along the edge in order to avoid any color bleeding. Start with the lightest color first, as it is the easiest to cover up with darker colors. That way you’ll use minimal amounts of paint and avoid having to do many layers.

First Color

First Color

Remove The Tape

Right before the paint fully dries, remove the tape from this section. Waiting until the paint is fully dry runs the risk of chipping your paint, but still make sure to be cautious not to smudge any paint as you remove the tape. Make sure that the paint is opaque as well. Once the tape is off, allow the paint to fully dry before moving on.

Remove The Tape

Remove The Tape

Next Color

Repeating the previous paint step, decide where you want the color to end and apply two coats of craft paint along the taped edge. You can use a foam brush, which will help you minimize streaked paint when it has dried. Allow for the paint to dry completely.

Second Color

Second Color

Attach Strap

If you want, you can hang your clock as it is right now, but if you choose, you may also attach a leather strap to make it a hanging clock. Place the tacks on the edges of your clock using the hammer, making sure to be careful not to hit your fingers. Add the clock hands, and you’ve got yourself a custom painted clock!

Tack On Leather Strap

Tack On Leather Strap