Back when I showed you my laundry room makeover, I told you I would post a tutorial showing how I made the clock that hangs over the door. Well, that was two months ago, so here I am to make good on my word.
The inspiration for this clock came from Pottery Barn’s Grand Hotel Clock, originally priced at $129, but no longer available.
This clock will run you less than $10 if you already have some basic tools, including a drill and large drill bit, jigsaw, Dremel, and either a circular saw or a hand saw, a screw driver, glue gun, and some sand paper. You’ll also need some extra screws and a hook for hanging.
I started with your basic run of the mill wall clock that I found at Walmart for about $6. This one measures about 9″ in diameter. The PB clock measures about 23″, so you could definitely go bigger if you want something that looks more like the original. I wanted it smaller so it would fit over my door.
You may not be using the same clock I did, but maybe this will get the wheels turning and you can figure out how to do it on a similar clock.
Removing it from the package and turning it over reveals 6 screws, which you’ll remove so you can take the clock apart. You can save those for something else, because we won’t be using them. Instead, you’ll need to find a few longer screws (of the same diameter) to use for later.
Take the piece of glass out, and set everything else aside for now.
When making the piece of wood that the clock is mounted to, the sky’s the limit, right? You could use a single piece of plywood, or some old weathered fence pieces, etc. I used some wood that I had left over from my drawer dividers. I chose several pieces of different heights and laid them out, using dimes to add a little space in between.
After I figured out how I wanted them laid out, I measured the overall height, and then cut the boards to the same width so I would have a square for my background piece. In this case, it was 13 1/2″. And yes, the next few pictures were taken on my phone before I started blogging.
Next, I used screws to attach two more pieces of wood to the back to hold them all together. Make sure you place them wide enough to clear the rim of the clock.
Turn the wood back over. This is where you’ll need that piece of glass again. Set it down right in the middle of your piece of wood and trace around it. This is your cutting line. I marked the center to make it a little easier to get it right in the middle.
Next, you need to cut the circle out. Use a drill bit to drill a hole inside the circle first, and then you can insert your jigsaw blade in that hole to cut the circle (sorry I don’t have pictures of this step). You’ll want to cut just to the outside of that line, to be sure the glass will fit. If it’s a tiny bit big, that’s okay, but too small and you’ll have to cut some more off.
I chose to stain my wood with a dark stain, but again, the sky’s the limit. In retrospect, I probably should have stained each piece individually first, and then put them together so you wouldn’t be able to see the unstained wood in between.
Back to the clock. Use a Dremel to cut off those three tall plastic things on the back. See how they stick up? If you leave them there, your clock will be hard to hang up, because it’ll be sticking out so far from the wall.
You don’t have to cut them all the way down, just far enough so they don’t stick out further than the part that holds the battery. I’m not sure how you would do this if you don’t have a Dremel. You might be able to get creative and use a kitchen knife or something, but you’ll definitely want a Dremel for the next step.
Once you get the three plastic things trimmed down, set the clock aside. Now you’re going to cut off the bottom edge of the clock frame.
I was afraid I would mess up the edge, so I cut off the bottom half first to make it a little easier to handle. It looks pretty rough, but don’t worry.
Once you get a more manageable piece to work with, you can start cutting right along the edge of the part you want to keep. Go very slowly here and take your time so you don’t mess it up.
After you get it cut off, you’ll need to go ahead and cut those little things down on the back, too. They were used to hold the screws, but we need them shorter now. Try to cut them just tall enough so that they’re even with the inside rim, because they’re what you’ll be putting the glue on eventually to attach it to the wood.
Now you can put your Dremel away and grab a piece of sand paper. Most of those little plastic pieces will just scrape right off with a fingernail, but the rest can be sanded down to make the edges nice and smooth.
Lay your clock piece down inside the wood piece. It should fit pretty snugly. Holding it in place, you can turn it over to make sure you’re getting it aligned properly. Remember when I said you’d need some longer screws than then ones that came with the clock? This is where you’ll use them. Screw them in through the original holes to hold the clock to the wood. Be sure they don’t go all the way through the wood and show on the front!
This would be a good time to add a hook, or whatever you’re going to use to hang it up, and you might want to put a battery in now too.
Now turn it over to the front and lay your piece of glass inside. Don’t pick it up again, or the glass might fall out and break. Can you see the broken glass in this picture? Rats. Would you believe I did that twice? I went out and bought another clock so I could have another piece of glass, and did it again! But that’s okay, don’t despair if you break yours too, you really can’t tell once you get it all together. At least, that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it, because I’m not buying another one!
Anyway. Remember these that you cut off earlier? Now you’re going to use a glue gun to place dots of glue on those little things, and then lay the rim right down on top of the wood to hold the glass in place. You really don’t want to put glue on the edge of the rim, or it’ll show and look messy.
And you’re done!
Doesn’t it look nice?
I may eventually paint the wood, but for now, I like the contrast against the lighter colored walls in my laundry room.
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