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DIY Upcycled Clock Frame

by Grace Bonney

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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

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Materials Needed:

-Clock
-Printed photo
-Leather strap
-Bronze circular stud
-Xacto knife
-Scissors
-Tape

Process:

1. Take apart your clock.

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

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

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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.

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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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Comments

  • 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!