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DIY Upcycled Clock Frame

by Grace Bonney

Since moving into our home, I’ve wanted to fill the walls with photos, quotes and things that hold meaning to my husband and me. It has been a process choosing what to hang, so our walls are pretty bare at the moment. When Fran and Grace contacted me to create a picture frame tutorial, I knew this was the nudge I needed to work towards my goal of printing and hanging memorable photos. This project took longer than I expected due to the time I spent reminiscing over our photos from our honeymoon in Maui, but the DIY process was a breeze. I finally landed on a photo from one of my favorite places we visited and got to work! I love how easy it is to transform a simple clock into a clean, functional frame. I’ll have to rotate the photo every once in a while so I can keep admiring all the treasured family photos I have stored away. —Courtney

Materials Needed:

-Printed photo
-Leather strap
-Bronze circular stud
-Xacto knife


1. Take apart your clock.


2. Cut your photo to the size of the inside of the clock.

3. Tape or glue your photo over the original clock numbers.


4. Put your clock back together so it is now a picture frame.

5. Using your x-acto knife, cut two slits through the leather and side of the clock. If your clock is not plastic, you can use a drill.


6. Secure leather to your frame with the circular stud by flattening the prongs on the underside of the frame.

7. Hang up and enjoy!



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  • I did something similar! I was looking for a porthole mirror, but could never find one for a price I wanted to pay. I found a porthole style clock at home goods on clearance. I switched out the clear glass with a mirror I ordered on Amazon and it turned out great! Thanks for sharing!

  • The bonus here, of course, is that if you’re not salvaging a broken clock, you can take the clock parts and reuse them in another project. There are a lot of make your own clock projects out there- this seems like it would be an economic way to get two projects out of one purchase– as well as reducing waste.

  • Could this still be used as a clock if the workings are put back in. My Dad was a Horologist and I’d love to make a working one with his Picture as a memorial to a Fine Man, Vet, Father & Husband as well as the Best Watch Maker and Jeweler ever!
    Thanks in advance!