DIY: How to Create a Wall Clock

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.

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  • 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.



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Prime and paint the numbers. Let dry thoroughly.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.