With metal house numbers and a little spray paint, I created a wall clock inspired by classic midcentury modern designs. My pizza-size version is simple to make, costs less than a vintage or contemporary model and can be customized to suit any decor.
By Suzonne Stirling
Prime and paint the numbers. Let dry thoroughly.
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.
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.
Brush two additional thin coats of Mod Podge on paper, smoothing out bubbles. Let Mod Podge dry fully—about 20 minutes—between coats.
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.