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diy wednesdays: clock refashion

by Grace Bonney

we do our best to keep our ikea impulse buys to a minimum, but the other day we were flying through, looking for something else, when we came across a stack of ridiculously cheap (in every sense of the word) clocks. the clock mechanism alone was worth the $1.99, and we figured that at the very least it would give us something to play around with. once we got home we took the clock apart, and using some leftover fabric and a bit of spray paint, transformed it into a one-of-a-kind timepiece. we ran with a country-crafts vibe, but you can use any style of fabric to easily create something to perfectly accent your home.

have fun!
derek and lauren

CLICK HERE for the full project steps after the jump!

here’s what you’ll need:
-clock (ours was from ikea)
-pencil or fabric pen
-cardboard for a template and paint mask
-spray paint
-spray adhesive
-embroidery hoop, needle, and floss


1. start by disassembling the clock. this model is held together with little plastic tabs that can be easily clicked apart. take off the face as well as the hands of the clock (they pull right off).

2. create a cardboard template the same size as the clock face (we cut ours out of a cake box). be sure to poke a hole in the center to accommodate the clock mechanism.

3. trace the template onto the wrong side of your fabric. add 1” all the way around and cut it out. make cuts from the outside of the circle (about 1” apart) to the pencil line. these will help you fold the fabric over the cardboard template in step 6.

4. embroider numbers onto the right side of the fabric.


5. to avoid getting paint on the clock mechanism, use the backside of the cardboard template as a mask and spray paint the outer rim of the clock. let dry.

6. apply spray adhesive to the cardboard template and cover with the fabric. flip the piece over and apply more adhesive around the perimeter of the template and smooth down the 1” fabric flaps.

7. poke a hole in the center of the fabric where the clock mechanism will go through and reassemble the clock with your fabric-covered cardboard as the new (and improved) face.

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