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DIY: How to Create a Wall Clock

  • David Prince



    • Metal house numbers
    • Spray primer and paint
    • 5-inch round vinyl wall protector
    • Decorative paper
    • Mod Podge in matte finish
    • Clock movement kit with hands
    • Vellum


    Pro tip: Pick paint colors that coordinate with patterned paper.



  • Illustration: Harry Bates

    Step 1

    Prime and paint the numbers. Let dry thoroughly.

    Step 2

    Mark the center of the wall protector and drill a hole the diameter of the clock movement. (Most movements are about 3/8 inch, but check exact dimensions.) Place wall protector facedown on the back of the decorative paper and trace a circle around it, then cut out with scissors.

  • Illustration: Harry Bates

    Step 3

    Brush a thin coat of Mod Podge on wall protector using a foam brush. Adhere paper to the surface using your fingers to smooth out air bubbles. Let dry. Punch through the center hole with the tip of a pencil.

  • Illustration: Harry Bates

    Step 4

    Brush two additional thin coats of Mod Podge on paper, smoothing out bubbles. Let Mod Podge dry fully—about 20 minutes—between coats.

  • David Prince

    Step 5

    Following the manufacturer's instructions, attach clock movement kit to wall protector through hole. Trace a clock face on vellum. Enlarge the template to desired size, then use as a guide to mount numbers on the wall according to package directions. Hang the mechanism on a small hook in the middle of the numbers as shown.

    Originally published in the September 2012 issue of Family Circle magazine.